Introducing Yourself


This is one of the simplest things to do, but it also causes a lot of English language learners the most anxiety. Many of my students are concerned about offending others, as they should be, so below are some suggestions on how to introduce yourself in formal and casual situations.

Formal

Hello, my name is George Lindon.

Good morning. My name is Carrie Johnson.

Greetings. My name is Chesterton Featherfield.

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Carly Weathers.

Notice above how all of the sentences include full names and none of the sentences include contractions or shortened words. Doing this is one way to increase the formality of your introduction. In contrast, including contractions, shortened words, first names only or even nicknames reduces the formality of your introduction.

Casual

Hi, I'm George.

Good morning. My name is Carrie.

You can call me Chuck.

Let me introduce myself. My name's Carly.

After saying your name, it's common to begin asking and answering questions about yourself.

Where are you from? (I'm from New York.)

How long have you lived here? (I've lived here for two months.)

What brought you to Japan? I came here to

What do you do? See this post on Where do you work? for more help with this question.



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