Self-Introduction In English
When meeting someone for the first time, the first thing you want to do is to give your name and shake hands. Your first name is given in informal situations, and your full name (first and last) in formal situations. The conversation usually progresses by talk about where you are from (your hometown or country of origin), your major or occupation (if you are a student or a career person), then about your hobbies/likes and dislikes. Here is a sample dialog looking at what this conversation should look like.
Akio and Gregory are standing in front of the New York Public Library waiting for it to open. However, they decided to make small talk in the meantime.
Akio: Hi. My name is is Akio. Nice to meet you.
Gregory: Nice to meet you, too. My name is Gregory, but you can call me Greg. I just recently moved here from California.
Akio: I did my business major in California at UCLA. It’s a really nice place. I was born in Tokyo, Japan, but I’ve lived in New York most of my life with my mom, dad and my younger sister.
Gregory: Until recently, I’ve lived in California my entire life with my mom, dad and my two older brothers. I got my MBA at UCLA too!
Akio: I graduated in 1997. When did you graduate?
Gregory: I graduated in 1995. I really enjoyed my time there.
Akio: Me too. So, we were there at the the same time! That’s quite a coincidence.
Gregory: Here’s my number. You can reach me at any time. Maybe we can get together with some time.
Akio: Thank you. Nice talking to you.
You: Hi/Hello. My name is __________ .
Friend: What’s your name?
You: How are you?
Friend: Nice to meet you.
You: Nice to meet you, too.
Friend: Let’s get together (sometime).” – this means to meet each other or come together.
You: Where are you from?
Friend: I’m from ___________ (name of place/country).
You: Sounds like a plan.
Friends: What is your major./What are you studying (at the moment).
You: What do you do? Are you a student?
Friend: I’m a student.” OR “I am a ________ (doctor/teacher/…)
Use the vocabulary above to practice. Then switch roles and practice as often as you can until you are comfortable with the vocabulary and dialog.
You: Hi. My name is ___________ (name). What’s your name?
Your friend: My name is _______. Nice to meet you.” (Shake hands)
You: Nice to meet you too.
Your friend: ___________________ (continue the dialog using the phrases above).
You: ________________ (Respond).