Learning the proper way to introduce yourself (and others) in French will help you get off a good start as a French language learner. It is fairly simple. In this article, we will go over French greetings, then learn how to introduce yourself and someone else. That’s not all! We will review niceties and share some examples. Let’s find out how to introduce yourself and others in French.
How to Introduce Yourself And Others In French: A Practical Guide (with examples)
- 1 How to Introduce Yourself And Others In French: A Practical Guide (with examples)
- 1.1 Starting a conversation to Introduce Yourself In French
- 1.2 Introduce Yourself in French
- 1.3 Introduce Someone Else in French
- 1.4 Introduce Yourself In French: Formal
- 1.5 Introduce Yourself In French: informal
- 1.6 Introduce Someone Else In French: formal
- 1.7 Take action
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Starting a conversation to Introduce Yourself In French
10 Useful French Greetings and Salutations for French Learners
“Bonjour”! You know that one, don’t you? Now let’s take this a little further and diversify your vocabulary. Here are 10 useful French greetings, phrases, and expressions that you can say instead of “bonjour.”
How to say Hello in French: 7 Useful words
Formal/ Informal French Greetings
1.Bonjour! – Good morning! Hello!
Duh (I know!) but we have to start somewhere. You can use in any circumstances.
2.Bon matin – Good morning!
Same as bonjour but only used in Canada, especially in Quebec.
3.Bonsoir! Good night/ good evening.
Once the sun sets, you’ll want to replace bonjour with bonsoir.
Informal French Greetings
4.Salut! – Hi!
This is a great greeting to use with anyone you are familiar with. Salut can also be used to say goodbye (when ending a conversation).
5.Coucou! – Hey there!
“Coucou” is a really informal way of greeting someone. It is wise to reserve this one for family and close friends.
6.Allô? – Hello?
In France, Allô is mostly used on the phone, when you pick up the phone, or to determine whether or not someone is still on the line.
In Quebec, it is used as a way of greeting someone on and off the phone.
7.Quoi de neuf? – What’s up ?
It is an informal greeting reserved for close friends.
How to say goodbye in French: 7 helpful words
1. Au revoir! – Goodbye!
You can use this word in virtually any situation.
2. À plus tard! (À plus!) – (See you) later!
This is a handy French expression for when you know you will see someone in not too long. Be careful with its pronunciation. The s at the end of “À plus tard” is silent and in “À plus” isn’t.
3. À tout à l’heure ! – See you soon!
Let’s say you are leaving Disneyland Paris with friends and plan on meeting up later in the day at the Eiffel Tower; this is the perfect french expression to use when saying goodbye.
4. Je dois y aller- I have to go
If you want to express a sense of urgency ( or get out of a bad date).
To sound more polite you can add “désolé(e)” before or after the phrase.
5. Je suis désolé(e) (mais) je dois y aller. – I am sorry, (but) I have to go.
6. Je dois y aller, je suis désolé(e)- I have to go, I am sorry.
And if you want to sound cool, you can use this one.
7. Désolé(e), mais je dois filer !- Sorry, but I gotta run !
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Introduce Yourself in French
The most common sentence to introduce yourself in French is:
Insert greeting + Je m’appelle + insert your name.
Example: Bonjour, je m’appelle Sandy.
Hello, my name is Sandy.
“Je m’appelle” literally means “I call myself”. It can be used in all situations. However, in a formal situation or business like environment, it is recommended to say your full name (first and last name).
The verb in that sentence, “m’appelle” is the first person conjugation of the verb “s’appeler” ( to be called) in the present tense.
You can also use this expression to introduce yourself in French:
Je me présente*: (Insert name )
Je me présente*: Paul Fromage. I am: Paul Fromage.
*I introduce myself.
Since you are meeting the person for the first time, I recommend using the formal form of you “vous”.
Introduce Someone Else in French
Now if you have to introduce someone else, your friend for example, you will say:
Je vous présente + name of the person you are introducing. You can also add what that person is to you.
Example:Je vous présente Céline*, mon amie. (formal)
Je te présente Céline*, mon amie. (informal)
Let me introduce you to Céline, my friend.
•It literally means I introduce you.
The verb “se présenter” (to introduce) can be used to introduce yourself and someone else in French. It belongs to the 1st group verb and is conjugated in the present tense.
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The other person will probably say something like:
(Insert greeting), je m’appelle (insert his name)
Example: Salut, je m’appelle Sara.
Hi, my name is Sara.
Now it is your turn to say one of the following:
1- Enchanté(e)*. Nice to meet you
*Literally means “delighted”.
2- C’est un plaisir de faire votre/ ta connaissance. It is a pleasure to meet.
3- C’est un plaisir de vous/ te connaître. It is a pleasure to meet you.
4- Ravi(e) de faire votre/ta connaissance. Glad/happy to meet you.
Basic Introductions in French: a few examples
Paul: Bonjour! Je m’appelle Paul Fromage.
Hello/good morning! My name is Paul Fromage.
Sara: Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Sara Vin.
Hello/good morning! My name is Sara Vin.
Paul: C’est un plaisir de faire votre connaissance.
It is a pleasure to meet you.
Céline: Salut! Je m’appelle Céline.
Hi!My name is Céline.
Antoine: Salut! Je m’appelle Antoine.
Hi!My name is Antoine.
Nice meeting you.
A pat on the back for you l’ami(e)! You got the basics down. Now, you will need more vocabulary to master the art of introductions in French.
Using titles when introducing yourself in French
Monsieur -Sir/ Mr
Madame – Madam/ Mrs
Mademoiselle – Miss
And here is how to use it:
Paul: Bonjour madame! Je m’appelle Paul Fromage.
Hello/good morning madam! My name is Paul Fromage.
Sara: Bonjour monsieur ! Je m’appelle Sara Vin.
Hello/good morning sir! My name is Sara Vin.
Paul: C’est un plaisir de faire votre connaissance.
It’s a pleasure to meet you
Exchange of niceties in French
Alright, you have made it this far, bravo l’ami(e).
If you are confident enough ( I know you are), try to add these niceties into the conversation.
Asking how a person is doing in French
Comment allez-vous? (formal)
How are you?
Comment vas-tu? (informal)
How are you?
Comment ca va? (formal/informal)
How is it going?
Ça va? (Informal)
How is it going?
Telling how you are doing in French
Ça va. I’m okay.
Ça ne va pas. I’m not okay.
Ça va très bien. I’m very well.
Comme si, comme ça. So-so.
At this point, here is what your conversation looks like:
Paul: Bonjour madame! Je m’appelle Paul Fromage. Comment vous appelez-vous?
Hello/good morning madam! My name is Paul Fromage. What’s your name?
Sara: Bonjour monsieur ! Je m’appelle Sara Vin. C’est un plaisir de faire votre connaissance. Comment allez-vous?
Hello/good morning sir! It’s a pleasure to meet you. My name is Sara Vin. How are you doing?
Paul:Tout le plaisir est pour moi. Ça va très bien, merci. Et vous?
The pleasure is all mine. I am doing very well, thank you. And you?
Sara: Bien, merci.
Céline: Salut! Je m’appelle Céline. Et toi?
Hello! my name is Céline. And you?
Antoine: Salut Céline! Je m’appelle Antoine /moi c’est Antoine.
Hello, Céline! My name is Antoine / me it’s Antoine.
Céline: Enchantée! Comment vas-tu?
Nice to meet you. How are you?
Antoine: Moi de même. Ça va , merci! Et toi?
Nice meeting you too. I am doing well, thanks. And you?
Céline: Pas mal.
Is this too basic for you? Have no fear l’ami(e), I got you covered. If you want to talk about yourself -Kanye West style- read this article to find out how to give more details about yourself in French.
Let’s bring it all together.
Introduce Yourself In French: informal
Introduce Someone Else In French: formal
Is this too basic for you? Have no fear l’ami(e), I’ve got you covered. If you want to talk about yourself -Kanye West style- read this article to find out how to give more details about yourself in French.
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