French introductions
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 Allow me to introduce this lesson with a warning: the French verb introduire means to introduce something physically into something, so it should never be used when talking about introducing people: the correct verb is présenter.

Learn how to introduce yourself and others with this lesson – click for sound files.

Introduce yourself

Je me présente.   Let me introduce myself.
Je m’appelle   My name is …
Je suis   I am …
Mon prénom est   My (first) name is …

Introduce others

Je vous présente   I’d like to introduce …  (formal and/or plural)
Je te présente     (informal and singular)
Voici   This is …  
Il s’appelle   His name is …  
Elle s’appelle   Her name is …  

Meeting people

Comment vous appelez-vous ?   What is your name?  (formal and/or plural)
Comment t’appelles-tu ?     (informal and singular)
Enchanté.   It’s nice to meet you. (male speaker)
Enchantée.     (female speaker)

 French names

le prénom   first name, given name, Christian name
le nom
le nom de famille
  last name, family name, surname
le surnom   nickname

French listening comprehension Listening practice

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