Learn how to introduce yourself in English in a formal or informal situation [with audio clips]

Learn how to introduce yourself in English in a formal or informal situation

Introduction

As we are all aware that English language learning has been in demand everywhere in the world. Sometimes on many occasions, we are informally mandated to speak in English, or at least we ought to introduce ourselves in English in a formal or informal way.

In our professional or personal life, we attend many events at a professional or personal level. For instance, we go to a formal meeting, meet unknown people, may attend training sessions, etc. during such events, some people find it very difficult to introduce themselves, even though they have knowledge of speaking in English.

Introducing yourself does not mean just telling your name to the audience you are addressing. The introduction includes many factors. When you introduce yourself to the people, or to a gathering, in any event, your introduction must cover your complete information. When you get a chance of introducing yourself during any events, you just don't tell your name and close your introduction, you must showcase yourself to the audience - remember, "The First Impression is the Best One!".

This article takes you through how to introduce yourself in English and what all the points to be covered, the sequence of the points to be used in your introduction. You will also learn in detail about the words and phrases you use when you introduce yourself.

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Introducing yourself

As mentioned earlier, introducing yourself does not mean that you are just telling your name. The introduction can include other details such as: where you are from, your education, where you work, the job you have, your hobbies, and much more.

Yes, how you introduce yourself depends on the situation you are in, and the amount of information expected from you.

Introduce yourself to someone you've just met

When you are introducing someone you have just met you can say Hi, Hello, Hey. Hello is more of a formal way.


Say like this:

Hello, my name is Shreya.
Hey! I'm Shreya.
Hello. My name is Shreya Patil.
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The above phrases are universal. You can use them with anyone, be it a senior, a friend, a relative, or someone younger. These phrases are suitable for both formal and informal situations.

Saying Hello or Hi is not enough. In order to introduce yourself, you have to tell the person your name. You can start something simple like, 'Hi my name is Vedant. Or Hello, I am Vedant'. In formal situations, you may want to give your first and last name.

When you are talking with friends, you can use a colloquial expression like, 'They call me Vedant.'


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Giving more information

After greeting people and telling them your name, you can also tell them how old you are (you may skip this if you do not wish to disclose your age!), or what you do for a living.

If you are a doctor, you can say: 'I'm 30 years old and I'm a doctor'. By telling them what you do, the person can know you better.

You can also tell someone where you live or where you are from. To tell someone your origin, you can say for example: 'I'm from Dharwad or I have come from Dharwad'. You can also tell someone where you live right now: say, 'I live in Mysuru'.

In telling someone where you live or where you have been, can be a great conversation starter as they may have something to relate to you.
 

Say like this:

Age:
I am 20 years old.
or you can just say, I am 20.

Work:
I am a teacher.
I work in a government school.
I work in the State Bank of India
I work as an artist.

Place:
I am from Dharwad.
I hail from Hubballi.
I come from Kalaburagi.
I live in Mysuru. {alertInfo}
 

What you like to do

You can also ask people their names, or tell them some more about yourself like, what your hobbies are, what you like to do in your free time, where you hang out, and so on. It is all part of getting to know you better.

To ask someone's name, you can say. 'My name is Shreya, what is yours?' If you want to tell them about your hobbies you could say, "I really love painting", or "I really enjoy teaching, I teach every day".


Say like this:

I like reading books.
I like reading books and love to play cricket.
I am a good cook.
I am good at teaching English.
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Listen and practice (audio clips included)

Listen to the step-by-step script of introducing yourself. Listen to each audio followed by the script. Pay keen attention while listening to the audio of each script so that you can repeat it properly. While listening, pay proper attention to the pronunciation, tonal variations, phrases used, and the sequential order of the sentences.



Begin like this...

Good Morning
Good Afternoon
Good Evening
Hello

Note: Never say “Good Night”


Continue with your name...

My name is…. / I am…
My name is Uday Patil.
I am Asha Desai.
My name is Manohar Kapoor.
I am Nitin Bose.


More information about yourself...

I’m studying in the ninth standard at Chandargi Sports School.
I’m a science teacher at Model English High School.
I’m an administrative officer at the Rural Development Centre.
I work for Apex Cooperative Bank as an Accountant. 
I work for Teletech as a Project Manager.


Listen and repeat...

1. Hello, I’m Uday Patil. I’m studying in the ninth standard at Chandargi Sports School.
2. Good Morning. My name is Asha Desai. I’m a science teacher at Model English High School. 
3. Good Evening. I’m Manohar Kapoor. I work for the Cooperative Bank as an Accountant.
4. Good Afternoon. My name is Nitin Bose. I am a Project Manager with Teletech.


Organize your introduction (final part)

My name is Sandhya Pant. I am 31 years old. I was born in Baroda. I’ve lived in Mumbai for 10 years. I like eating ice cream. I don’t like loud music. My hobbies are reading and listening to old Hindi songs. I am a doctor.


Conclusion

I hope this article explained introducing yourself in detail. Hoping that now you are better at introducing yourself to the people in English in any situation.

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