“Ciaoooo, mi chiamo Cher,” I said to the new person who had joined our group.
“Ciao, sono Daniele, ma…Cher…come…,” he trailed off.
“Come la cantante,” I finished and smiled, like the singer, I had said.
“O la sedia,” a friend of his chimed in, or like a chair. I rolled my eyes, yeah, come la sedia.
If you’re just starting out with learning Italian, knowing how to introduce yourself is one of the best places to begin. It gives you a taste of the grammar, allows you to start a conversation (even a short one!), and you can start practicing the pronunciation.
Here are some basic phrases for introducing yourself.
— Come ti chiami? – What’s your name? (informal)
— Come si chiama? – What’s your name? (formal)
If you’re not sure whether you should be using informal or formal, check out this article.
— Mi chiamo… – My name is…
Cocktail Party Fact: This literally means, “I call myself…” and comes from the reflexive verb “chiamarsi.”
— Sono… – I am…
You can fill in the above phrase with your name or with your nationality, like “Sono Americano/a. – I’m American.”
— Piacere. – Nice to meet you.
— Piacere mio. – The pleasure is mine.
Other questions you may be asked:
— Di dov’è? – Where are you from? (formal)
— Di dove sei? – Where are you from? (informal)
— Sono (Australiana). – I’m (Australian).
— Quanti anni ha? – How old are you? (formal)
— Quanti anni hai? – How old are you? (informal)
— Ho (ventisette) anni. – I’m 27 years old.
To learn the numbers in Italian, click here.
— Che lavoro fa? – What do you do for work? (formal)
— Che lavoro fai? – What do you do for work? (informal)
— Faccio (l’insegnante). – I’m a (teacher).
This short introduction could start a longer conversation, and if you’re interested in learning other questions or phrases to continue it, click here. If you’re absolutely determined to go from absolute beginner to intermediate, check out this guide.
Have questions? Leave a comment below. 🙂