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Welcome to FrenchPod101.com’s “Le français en 3 minutes”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn French.
Salut, je m'appelle Isabelle. Enchantée. Hi, I'm Isabelle. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic French expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in French. There are only two sentences you need to do it, but first it is important to clarify that in French there is a difference between the formal and the informal language.
Let’s first see how French people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Salut, je m'appelle Isabelle. Enchantée de te rencontrer. Hi, I’m Isabelle. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Salut je m'appelle Isabelle. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
Start by saying:
Salut, je m'appelle... then, say your name. name). Salut, je m'appelle Isabelle. Finally, say Enchantée de te rencontrer.
Salut, je m'appelle Isabelle. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Bonjour, je m'appelle Isabelle Durand. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer. Good morning, I’m Isabelle Durand. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Bonjour, je m'appelle Isabelle Durand. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a look at close look at these together.
Salut has been substituted with the formal greeting bonjour, French for "good day."
Je m'appelle Isabelle has not been changed; je m'appelle stands in both cases for "I am," however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Isabelle Durand. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, pay attention to the ending: we went from TE rencontrer to VOUS rencontrer. What is changing is the French word for “you.” In a formal sentence, we use the more polite word “vous.”
One more time:
The informal way to introduce yourself in French is Salut je m'appelle Isabelle. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
The formal way to introduce yourself is
Bonjour, je m'appelle Isabelle Durand. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.
Now it’s time for Isabelle’s Insights.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands in France and, if you are not sure whether to use enchantée de te rencontrer or enchantée de vous rencontrer just say simply enchantée, as I said at the beginning of this lesson.
If you use the correct sentence with French people, they’re definitely going to be impressed!
Do you know how we say “thank you” in French? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. A bientôt pour la prochaine leçon! See you then!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Let's introduce yourself in French!

Sunday at 9:01 pm
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Hi Krystal,


Thank you for posting.


Practice makes perfect! Please also use the [voice recorder] feature in the [Vocabulary] section to practice your pronunciation.

It pops out when you click on the microphone icon.


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Krystal
Sunday at 2:51 am
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The "rencontrer" just does not roll easily off my tongue! Sigh..

Friday at 2:34 am
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Hello Abdelhak,


Nice to meet you!


Hope to see you often at FrenchPod101.com :)


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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abdelhak aalili
Thursday at 11:12 pm
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salut je m'appelle abdelhak. Enchantte de vous rencontre.

Saturday at 11:33 pm
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Merci Daniel pour votre gentil message ! 😄


Bonne journée !

Marie Alice

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Daniel Ochoa
Monday at 12:39 am
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Thank you guys for your comments that's was really encouraging now I know that I not alone in my trip to learn French, yesterday was a very busy day for me and I can't study but here again today. Merci beacoup to all of us but my special greetings to French Pod 101 team. Have a wonderful day friends see you soon

Sunday at 6:51 am
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Bonjour Nuha !

Thank you for your comment !

You can say "Enchanté(e) également' !


Bon week-end !

Marie Alice

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Shaun
Wednesday at 5:55 pm
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Bonjour, je m'appelle Shaun Welch. Je suis enchanté de vous rencontrer.

Nuha
Monday at 3:23 am
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Bonjour, this is Nuha.

What is the appropriate reply to "Enchantée de te (vous) rencontrer.". In English the normal response would be Nice meeting you too, is there any equivalent in French. Thank you.

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Bonjour Brianna,


Thank you for posting.


Please note that in [Vocabulary] you can add any words/sentences you wish to practice further to your Flashcard Deck or Word Bank.


For more vocabulary in French you can also check out our:

Vocabulary lists: https://www.frenchpod101.com/french-vocabulary-lists/

French Vocab Builder: https://www.frenchpod101.com/category/french-vocab-builder/

With the French Vocab Builder series, you get lessons that are dedicated to teaching you new words. Each lesson covers a specific theme such as Adjectives, Feelings, Weather, Holidays and much more.


If you have any questions, please let us know. We'll be glad to help :)


Sincerely,

Cristiane

Team FrenchPod101.com