Introducing yourself | sich vorstellen

Introducing yourself | sich vorstellen
Introducing yourself | sich vorstellen

In this post, we’ll go through the topic: Introducing yourself | sich vorstellen

One of the first things to learn is of course how to introduce yourself to someone. Below you will find a list of common phrases that you can adapt to your needs. In addition, you will also find a video where Learn German explains, by giving several examples, how to introduce yourself.

  • Mein Name is Mark. My name is Mark.
    • Answer the question: Wie heißt du? and Wie ist dein Name?What is your name? (In-formal) or Wie heißen Sie? and Wie ist Ihr Name? What is your name? (Formal).
    • Note: In that case “Name” rappresents the “family name”. To indicate the “first name” is used the word: “Vornamen” -> Wie ist dein Vorname?
  • Mir geht’s gut, danke. I’m fine, thanks.
    • Answer the question: Wie geht’s? How are you? (In-formal) or Wie geht es Ihnen? How are you (Formal).
  • Ich komme aus Grossbritannien. I come from Great Britain.
    • Answer the question: Woher kommst du? Where do you come from? (In-formal) or Woher kommen Sie? Where do you come from? (Formal).
  • Ich wohne in Berlin. I live in Berlin.
    • Answer the question: Wo wohnst du? Where do you live? (In-formal) or Wo wohnen Sie? Where do you live? (Formal).
  • Ich bin ledig. I am single.
    • That phrase can always come in handy! 😀
  • Meine Handynummer ist… My cell phone number is…
    • Answer the question: Was ist deine Telefonnummer? What is your telephone number? (In-formal) or Wie ist Ihre Telefonnummer? What is your telephone number? (Formal).
  • Ich studiere Zahnmedizin. I study dentistry.
    • Answer the question: Was studierst du? What do you study? (In-formal) or Was studieren Sie? What do you study? (Formal).
    • Note: The German verb “studieren” means studying at a university (being enrolled and taking courses). Discover the difference with the German verb “lernen” that is more general (e. g. learning a language, learning to swim or learning for exams at the university).
  • Ich bin Lehrer von Beruf. I work as a teacher (M).
    • Answer the question: Was machst du beruflich? What do you do for a living? (In-formal) or Was machen Sie beruflich? What do you do for a living? (Formal).
  • Ich mag Pizza. I like pizza.
    • Answer the question: Was magst du? What do you like? (In-formal) or Was mögen Sie? What do you like? (Formal).
  • Ich hasse den Regen. I hate the rain.
    • Answer the question: Was hasst du? Was hassen Sie? (In-formal) or Was hassen Sie? Was hassen Sie? (Formal).
  • Meine Hobbys sind reisen, tanzen und schwimmen. My hobbies are traveling, dancing and swimming.
    • Answer the question: Was sind deine Hobbys? What are your hobbies? (In-formal) or Was sind lhre Hobbys? What are your hobbies? (Formal).
  • Ich habe drei Geschwister. I have three siblings.
    • Answer the question: Wie viele Geschwister hast du? How many siblings do you have? (In-formal) or Wie viele Geschwister haben Sie? How many siblings do you have? (Formal).
  • Ich bin fünfundzwanzig (25) Jahre alt. I am 25 years old.
    • Answer the question: Wie alt bist du? How old are you? (In-formal) or Wie alt sind Sie? How old are you? (Formal).
  • Mein Lieblingsessen ist Pizza. My favorite food is pizza.
    • Answer the question: Was ist dein Lieblingsessen? What’s your favorite food? (In-formal) or Was ist Ihr Lieblingsessen? What’s your favorite food? (Formal).

Learn more about the German verb “vorstellen“.

And now that you have learned these single phrases, let see how you should put all together in order to present yourself to someone or start a conversation.
Take a look to these YouTube videos and try to emulate the people who speak.

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