In this video lesson you will learn how to introduce yourself in French. The key and more important thing to understand first is that in French there are two ways of introducing yourself: Formal and Informal. This means that you have to make slight changes to the words you use depending on the age of the person you’re meeting for the first time and how close you might feel to them.
In the lesson below Ingrid will teach you how to introduce herself.
In the first example she makes an informal introduction:
Salut, je m’appelle Ingrid. Enchentée de te rencontrer.
Hi, my name is Ingrid. Nice to meet you.
In the second example she introduces herself formally:
Bonjour. Je m’appelle Ingrid Dubreuil. Je suis enchentée de vous rencontrer.
Good morning (or hello). I am Ingrid Dubreuil. Nice to meet you.
Can you see the main differences? We’ve highlighted them in red. Firstly, please notice the difference between “Salut” and “Bonjour“. Salut means the informal, “hi” while “bonjour” means good morning or hello. Secondly, the “te” is a particle used to describe “to you” in an informal situation while “vous” is used for formal situations.
Now watch the video lesson and repeat after Ingrid. Stop it as many times you’d like so that you can master the pronunciation!
Video Source: FrenchPod101
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