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How to start a conversation in Spanish with someone new

Nov 23, 2017

When we first meet someone, we all strive to be memorable. But leaving a lasting impression on someone you just met is not always easy, especially in a multinational context. Do you know what to say when you are meeting a Spanish person? How would you introduce yourself with someone in Spanish?  

 Have no trouble at all. Let me give you essential Spanish vocabulary. Look at this dialogue:

 

-          Basic conversation

Roberto:        Hola, Me llamo Roberto, ¿y tú?

Lucas:                       Me llamo Lucas, ¿cómo estás?

Roberto:        Mucho gusto. Estoy bien, gracias.

Lucas:                       Encantado de conocerte.

 

Hola

Me llamo

¿y tú?

¿Cómo estás?

Estoy bien

Gracias

Mucho gusto/ encantado de conocerte

 

Hello

My name is

And you?

How are you?

I am fine

Thank you

Pleased/ nice to meet you

          

*Pronunciation tip:  To pronounce the “ll” in “Llamarse”, try to say the same sound that “y” in “year” or “yield”.

 

Let´s practice: Now introduce yourself: Me llamo...

 Then, ask the person: ¿Cómo te llamas?

 

Next, let´s keep the conversation! You might ask: ¿De dónde eres? (where are you from?)

You can say:

-          Soy de United Kingdom (I am from United Kingdom)                          a country

-          Soy británico. (I am British)                                                                       a gentilic

-          Soy de Manchester. (I am from Manchester)                                        a city

 

 

A popular question in the first conversation is: ¿en qué trabajas? (What do you do?)

Possible replies:

-          Trabajo en una tienda. I work in a shop (a place, the preposition “en” always goes before the word the place)

-          Soy abogado. (a proffesion)

-          No trabajo, soy estudiante. I do not work. I am a student.

 

 

Remember, the standards of courtesy are universal, so you always can say something about the place or the circumstance. Look around to see if you can find something worth – mentioning to say.

Examples:

-          Este lugar es precioso.                                                      (The place is beautiful)

-          El catering es magnífico.                                       (What a wonderful catering!)

-          La vista es espléndida.                                                      (What a lovely view)           

-          Bonito perro.                                                                        (Beautiful dog)

 

 

 

 

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