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Let's take a closer look at Mark's response.
Do you remember how Mark Lee introduces himself?
"My name is Mark. Nice to meet you!"
Mark Lee: Je m'appelle Mark. Enchanté !
Let's start with the expression, Enchanté. This literally means "Enchanted!" But it translates as "Nice to meet you."
Enchanté (enunciated). Enchanté.
Do you remember how Mark Lee says,
"My name is Mark."
Mark Lee: Je m'appelle Mark.
First is je (enunciated). "I." Je.
Next is m'appelle, which translates as "call myself." M'appelle (enunciated). M’appelle.
This starts with me. "Me." Me (enunciated). Me.
Next is appelle. "Call," as in "I call." Appelle (enunciated). Appelle.
Appelle is from the verb appeler, meaning “to call.” Appeler.
Me is contracted with appelle to form m'appelle.
Together, Je m'appelle literally means, "I myself call," but it translates as "my name is." Je m'appelle.
Next is the name, Mark. "Mark." Mark (enunciated). Mark.
Together, it's Je m'appelle Mark. "My name is Mark." Je m’appelle Mark.
The pattern is
Je m’appelle {NAME}.
"My name is {NAME}."
Je m'appelle {NAME}.
To use this pattern, simply replace the {NAME} placeholder with your name.
Imagine you're Karen. In French, Karen. Karen (enunciated). Karen.
"My name is Karen."
Karen Lee: Je m'appelle Karen.
"My name is Karen."
Karen Lee: Je m'appelle Karen.
In written French, the spelling of the expression, Enchanté, will depend on the gender of the speaker.
For male speakers, Enchanté.
For female speakers, Enchantée.
Note the additional "e" at the end of the word.
The pronunciation of these two variations will be exactly the same.