Beginner Dialogues: Introducing Yourself in English

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Learning how to introduce yourself is an essential part of learning how to converse in English. Introductions are also an important part of making small talk at parties or other social events. These phrases are different than the ones we use to greet friends, but they're often used together as parts of the broader conversation, as you'll see.

Introducing Yourself

In this example, Peter and Jane are meeting for the first time at a social event.

After greeting each other, they begin asking simple personal questions. Working with a friend or classmate, take turns practicing this dialogue using the correct form of the verb "to be."

Peter: Hello.

Jane: Hi!

Peter: My name is Peter. What's your name?

Jane: My name is Jane. Nice to meet you.

Peter: It's a pleasure. This is a great party!

Jane: Yes, it is. Where are you from?

Peter: I'm from Amsterdam.

Jane: Amsterdam? Are you German?

Peter: No, I'm not German. I'm Dutch.

Jane: Oh, you're Dutch. Sorry about that.

Peter: That's OK. Where are you from?

Jane: I'm from London, but I'm not British.

Peter: No, what are you?

Jane: Well, my parents were Spanish, so I'm Spanish, too.

Peter: That's very interesting. Spain is a beautiful country.

Jane: Thank you. It is a wonderful place.

Key Vocabulary

In the previous example, Peter and Jane several important phrases to ask questions and to learn more about each other, including:

  • My name is...
  • Where are you from?
  • I'm from... (city, state, or country)
  • Are you... (Spanish, American, German, etc.)

Introducing Other People

Introductions are also useful when more than two people are present, such as a business meeting. When you meet someone for the first time, it is common to greet them by asking, "How do you do?" It is also customary to respond in kind, as Mary does in this example:

Ken: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.

Peter: How do you do?

Mary: How do you do?

Ken: Mary works for ...

A variation is also "It's a pleasure to meet you" or "Pleased to meet you."

Ken: Peter, I'd like you to meet Mary.

Peter: It's a pleasure to meet you.

Mary: How do you do?

Ken: Mary works for ...

In informal situations, especially in North America, introductions are also made simply saying, "This is (name)." It is also common to just say "Hi" or "Hello" as a response in this informal setting.

Ken: Peter, this is Mary.

Peter: How do you do?

Mary: Hi! Pleased to meet you.

Ken: Mary works for ...

Key Vocabulary

As you can see in the previous examples, there are a number of phrases that are commonly used to introduce strangers:

  • (name), I don't think you've met (name).
  • I don't think you know (name)
  • May I introduce you to (name)
  • (name), do you know (name)?
  • (name), I'd like you to meet (name)

Saying Hello and Goodbye

Many people begin and end conversations by saying hello and goodbye to each other. Doing so is considered good manners in many parts of the English-speaking world, and it's also a simple way to express friendly interest in whoever you're chatting with. In this brief scenario, two people have just met.

A simple greeting, followed by asking about the other person is all that's needed to begin a courteous introduction.

Jane: Hello, Peter. How are you?

Peter: Fine, thanks. How are you?

Jane: I'm fine, thank you.

Once you're finished speaking with someone, it's customary to say goodbye as you both part, as in this example:

Peter: Goodbye, Jane. See you tomorrow!

Jane: Bye bye, Peter. Have a nice evening.

Peter: Thanks, you too!

Jane: Thanks.

Key Vocabulary

In both of the previous example, Peter and Jane aren't just being polite; they're also expressing concern and friendship for each other. Key phrases to remember include:

  • Hello... How are you?
  • I'm fine, thank you
  • Goodbye
  • See you... (tomorrow, this weekend, next week, etc.)
  • Have a nice... (day, evening, week, etc.)

More Beginning Dialogues

Once you're mastered introducing yourself, you can practice your English skills with more exercises, including telling time, shopping at a store, traveling at an airport, asking for directions, staying at a hotel, and eating at a restaurant.

Work with a friend or classmate to practice these role-playing dialogues, just as you did for these exercises.

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