Languages › Russian How to Say 'My Name Is' in Russian and Other Introductory Phrases Share Flipboard Email Print winhorse / Getty Images Languages English as a Second Language Spanish French German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian By Maia Nikitina Russian Language Expert M.F.A., Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University Diploma in Translation (IoLet Level 7, Russian), Chartered Institute of Linguists Maia Nikitina is a writer and Russian language translator. She holds a Diploma in Translation (IoLet Level 7) from the Chartered Institute of Linguists. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Maia Nikitina Updated November 29, 2019 The most popular way to say "my name is" in Russian is меня зовут (meNYA zaVOOT). Additionally, there are several other ways to introduce yourself, including informal and formal introductions. Below are the ten most common ways to say "my name is" in Russian. 01 of 10 Меня зовут Pronunciation: meNYA zaVOOT Translation: They call me Meaning: My name is Saying меня зовут is the most versatile and common way to introduce yourself. It is suitable for any situation, from the very informal to the very formal settings. Example: - Добрый день, меня зовут Анна. (DOBriy DEN', meNYA zaVOOT ANna)- Good afternoon, my name is Anna. 02 of 10 Я — Pronunciation: ya Translation: I am/I'm Meaning: I am/I'm Another versatile way to say "my name is" in Russian, я — followed by your name is great for everyday situations. Example: - Я — Оксана, а ты? (ya — akSAna, ah TY?)- I'm Oxana, what's your name? 03 of 10 Хочу представиться Pronunciation: haCHOO pretSTAvitsa Translation: I want to introduce myself Meaning: I'd like to introduce myself This is a more formal way to introduce yourself. It is suitable for introductions among colleagues and groups of acquaintances. Example: - Хочу представиться: Георгий Валерьевич. (haCHOO pretSTAvitsa: gheORgiy vaLYErievitch)- I'd like to introduce myself: Georgiy Valerievich 04 of 10 Моё имя — Pronunciation: maYO EEmya — Translation: My name is Meaning: My name is Although this expression translates literally as "my name is," it is not as common as меня зовут. Example: - Моё имя — Галина (maYO EEmya — gaLEEna)- My name is Galina 05 of 10 Разрешите представиться Pronunciation: razreSHEEtye pretSTAvitsa Translation: Allow me to introduce myself Meaning: Allow me to/let me introduce myself A formal way to make introductions, разрешите представиться is suitable for work and other formal situations. Example: - Разрешите представиться: Ирина Иванова, директор. (razreSHEEtye pretSTAvitsa: iREEna ivaNOva, diRECtor)- Allow me to introduce myself: Irina Ivanova, Director. 06 of 10 Давайте знакомиться Pronunciation: daVAI-te znaKOmitsa Translation: Let's get the introductions going, let's introduce ourselves Meaning: Let's introduce ourselves, let's get acquainted This is a more informal way to get started with introductions. It has a friendly tone and is suitable for any setting where the register is likely to be not too formal, such as a work-related training event or time spent with good acquaintances and friends. Example: - Давайте знакомиться. Это Андрей Иванович, а я — Вячеслав Тимофеевич. (daVAI-te znaKOmitsa. EHta anDREY iVAnavitch, a YA - vycheSLAF timaFYEyevitch)- Let's get acquainted. This is Andrei Ivanovich, and I'm Vyacheslav Timofeevich. 07 of 10 Познакомимся? Pronunciation: paznaKOmimsya? Translation: Shall we introduce ourselves? Meaning: Shall we introduce ourselves/exchange names? Informal in tone, познакомимся is often used in situations where you would expect to become friends and even switch to the informal you (ты) once the introductions have been made. Example: - Познакомимся? Виолета. А Вы? (paznaKOmimsya? viaLEta. a VY?)- Shall we introduce ourselves? Violet. And you are? 08 of 10 Зовут меня Pronunciation: zaVOOT meNYA Translation: They call me Meaning: My name is Reversing the order of the words from меня зовут to зовут меня creates a more informal and narrative-like tone. A similar word reversal is often used in Russian fiction. Therefore, this expression is often used in a longer introduction that feels more like a story. Example: - Зовут меня Вадим, живу я в Москве. (zaVOOT meNYA vaDEEM, zheeVOO ya vmaskVYE)- My name is Vadim, I live in Moscow. 09 of 10 Давайте познакомимся Pronunciation: daVAI-te paznaKOmimsya Translation: Let's introduce ourselves Meaning: Let's introduce ourselves This is a versatile introduction that can be informal or formal depending on the context and the speaker. It is suitable for all social settings. When used in a setting where everyone addresses each other as an informal "you" (ты), change it to давай познакомимся (daVAI paznaKOmimsya). Example: - Давайте познакомимся. Меня зовут Ольга, а Вас? (daVAI-te paznaKOmimsya. meNYA zaVOOT OLga, a VAS?)- Let's introduce ourselves. My name is Olga, and you are? 10 of 10 Меня величают Pronunciation: meNYA veliCHAyut Translation: They call me/they address me as Meaning: My name is, they address me as An archaic-sounding expression that seems very formal, it is often used in modern Russian as a way to add flavor or specific context to speech, such as irony. The word величать was originally meant to address someone by their official title and shared its root with the word великий (veLEEkiy), meaning great. You will also come across this expression in Russian classic literature. Example: - Меня зовут Дима, но друзья меня величают Димоном. (meNYA zaVOOT DEEma, noh droozYA meNYA veliCHAyut deeMOnam)- My name is Dima but my friends call me Dimon.