Updated: Jan 21
Let’s review what we know shall we? We know how to say hello, we know how to ask someone how they are, and we know how to say how we feel. So, let’s look at how to say our last few basic phrases. Today, we’ll be learning how to ask someone what their name is, and how to say our names.
Ok, so let’s recap the conversation so far.
¿Qué tal? / ¿Cómo estás? / ¿Cómo está usted?
¡Estoy muy bien! / ¡Estoy bien! / ¡Estoy mal! / ¡Estoy muy mal!
With me so far? Remember, the question depends on how close you are to the person you’re talking to, or how casual you want to sound. If you’re looking to be very casual, “Qué tal” is the best phrase to use, but if you’re in a situation where you need to be formal “Cómo está usted” would be your best bet.
Ok, so moving on, we need to introduce ourselves to the person we’re talking to right? How do you do that. No wait, first of all, how do we know when to introduce ourselves?
Ask For Their Name!
So, the way to ask for someone’s name is easy, and like before, it depends on the social situation you’re in, what phrase you use. So, there are two different ways to put it:
¿Cómo te llamas?
¿Cómo se llama usted?
Now, notice how there’s a word that has two “L”s at the beginning, “llama” is not “llama” as we know it. In fact, the way you pronounce it is “Lyama”, as in there’s a slight “L” before you say “yama”. Sometime, people will say it as “Jyama”, but that depends on the region of Spain, or South America you’re in. It’s all about accents.
And there’ you go! You now know how to say, “what is your name”, in Spanish! Oh, and remember, the way you say it, depends on your social situation. Can you guess which one is the one you use in formal situations?
That’s right, “Cómo se llama usted” is the one you use, because if you remember, “Usted” is a very formal way of saying “you”.
“Usted” is derived from a royal title. It’s like how we say, “My Lord” or “My Lady”, when talking to someone from a noble family, like a baron, or a marquis, or a count. In Spanish, “usted” came from the original title “majestad”. In normal situations, when speaking to authoritative figures, you wouldn’t call them “majesty” would you? You’d call them “Sir” or “Ma’am”. It’s basically the same thing. “Usted” is a generic title, so it can be used for either gender, which is much simpler if you ask me!
How about that? So, the next time you’re talking to someone formally, imagine that they’re a duke, or a count or a baron, you’ll think you’re in an episode of Game of Thrones! Or, you’ll just end up laughing at yourself, for thinking like that. In any case, now you know!
Back To The Lesson
It’s time to introduce ourselves! So, there are two ways you can say this phrase. One of them is a longer version, if you want to be very clear and concise, and the other, is a more standard version. You’ll get it everywhere, including in a formal situation. So, the phrases are:
Mi nombré es…
Again, remember “llamo” has a secret “y” in there, so it should sound like “Lyamo”. Try saying it over and over again, just so you get the hang of it.
It’s Your Turn!
And there you have it! Now you know how to say your name! So, say for example, you’re checking in at a hotel, and they ask “¿Cómo se llama usted?”, do you think you can tell them your name? Try acting it out with someone, especially with someone who already knows Spanish, so they can tell you if you’re saying it right.
So… ¡Hola todos! ¡Me llamo Feather and you’ll probably see that phrase here more often!
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!