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Beginning an Introduction:
An introduction is important when you meet somebody new. It is the first chance to get to know somebody and for them to get to know you. Luckily, introductions are usually made up of a few fixed phrases that you will find in the tables below!
When you first meet somebody, it's polite and normal to greet them first. You could use Hello, Hey, Hi,
or even a Howdy!
Most people in the English speaking world will shake hands with each other when they meet for the first time. Afterwards, it's usual to ask the other person what their name is. Don't be surprised if the person you are meeting simply says their name as you shake hands. If that happens, it's easiest to just say your own name back to them.
Nice to meet you
After you learn the name of the person you are meeting, it's polite to say Nice to meet you
. This is a friendly way of showing that you are happy to meet the other person. You might also hear the phrase Pleasure to meet you
or even just Pleasure
. These mean the same thing as Nice to meet you
but are used more in formal situations like business meetings. A response to Nice to meet you
or Pleasure to meet you
could be one of the following: Nice to meet you too
, You too
, or Likewise
Let me introduce myself
This phrase is a very formal way to begin a self-introduction. It is normally only used in highly formal situations like business meetings and other business situations, speeches, and formal gatherings. If you are ever in one of these situations, it's helpful to use Let me introduce myself.
to begin your introduction. Afterwards, you would then say My name is…
. Related to this phrase is I'd like to introduce…
or Let me introduce…
. Although these phrases are similar to Let me introduce myself.
they are much less formal and are often used when you want to introduce someone to somebody else. For example, let's say you are at a friend's party and have brought your brother along. You could walk up to your friends and say Let me introduce my brother, Chris
as a way to let your friends know who is with you.
Have we met before?
This is a phrase that you might hear someone say to you when you're introducing yourself. Have we met before?
means that the other person thinks that they recognize you. Perhaps they have seen you somewhere else, or maybe you two even met once before and forgot! Don't worry, mistakes can happen! If someone says this to you, you could respond with I don't think so
, or if you also recognize the person with Yes, I believe we have.
Furthering a Conversation
After you learn somebody's name, it's a good idea to get to know them more. We've gathered some useful questions below that you can use to help start a conversation after first introductions.
What do you do?
This sentence often has the same meaning as Where do you work?
When somebody asks you this question, they usually want to know what you do professionally. You could answer this question many ways. You could say your job title or what kind of work you do. For example, I'm a translator
or I work at a grocery store
. You could also say that you are a student or what subject you are a studying. For example, I'm a student at Oxford, and I'm studying English literature.
What brings you here?
This is a question that you might hear at a party, other social gatherings, or maybe even an interview. This question could also be answered a number of ways like What do you do?
If you are at a party, for example, you could say something like, I'm friends with Joe, and he invited me to come along.
If you are asked this question in an interview, you could respond with something like, I had a previous job in this field, and I am hoping to improve my skills.
Where are you from?
Questions like Where are you from? How old are you?
or What do you like to do for fun?
are great questions to use after introducing yourself to somebody new. They are all basic, but important, questions that will help you learn more about the person or people you just met. They are perfect phrases to use in order to help continue a conversation. For example, if you ask What do you like to do for fun?
you might find that you have similar hobbies or interests as the other person. That will create even more conversational topics that you could use!
Ending an Introduction:
When your first conversation with somebody comes to an end, there are many different ways you can say goodbye to them. Of course, you could simply say Goodbye, but that's usually not the most polite way to end your first conversation. In the table below, you'll find examples of different ways to finish an introduction.
Let's get together again some time.
Do you want to meet up again some time next week?
It has been a pleasure, we'll speak again soon.
It was nice meeting you
This is normally used at the end of the first conversation between two or more people who are meeting each other for the first time. It is a polite way of showing that you were happy to meet the other person.
Let's keep in touch
This is another way of saying Let's stay in contact (with each other).
If you like the person or people you just met, you could say this phrase to show that you would like to talk to them again. Afterwards, it might be a good idea to exchange numbers.
Here is my number
In today's modern world, most people own phones. A good way to stay in touch with somebody new that you just met, is by exchanging phone numbers with them. A good time to do this is at the end of a conversation before you leave each other. Here's a short example of how you could use this phrase: It was so nice to meet you. We should get together again next week. Here is my number 382-65482. Just text me when you're free.
Here is my card
This is a phrase that you might use or hear while in a business situation. Card in this phrase is referring to a business card, which usually includes your contact information. If you are in a business situation and meet a new person, you might want to give them your card as they could be a good business contact for the future.
It has been a pleasure, we'll speak again soon
This is another very formal phrase that you might hear, for example, at the end of an interview. The informal version of it is It was nice meeting you, we'll talk again soon.
If you are the one being interviewed, then you probably don't want to say the full phrase but rather just It has been a pleasure.
Answers to the Most Common Questions
What is the easiest way to introduce myself?
Knowing phrases for introducing yourself or asking others to introduce themselves is very important because it will allow you to meet new people and begin conversations with strangers. The easiest way to introduce yourself is by simply stating your name or by saying My name is...
After giving your name, you could then say Nice to meet you. What's your name?
It's rather simple, right? Using these basic phrases will be very useful and help you to meet new people from all around the world.
What should I say after introductions?
Introductions are very useful because they are usually at the beginning of a conversation between two or more people who have just met each other for the first time. Once introductions are finished, you could then continue the conversation by asking many different questions like: What kind of work do you do? What are your hobbies? Where are you from?
or How old are you?
All of these questions can be used to get to know somebody more, and they are helpful for making new conversational topics.
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