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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 Ingrid. Enchantée. Hi, I'm Ingrid. 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 Ingrid. Enchantée de te rencontrer. Hi, I’m Ingrid. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Salut je m'appelle Ingrid. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
Start by saying:
Salut, je m'appelle... then, say your name. name). Salut, je m'appelle Ingrid. Finally, say Enchantée de te rencontrer.
Salut, je m'appelle Ingrid. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Bonjour, je m'appelle Ingrid Dubreuil. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer. Good morning, I’m Ingrid Dubreuil. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Bonjour, je m'appelle Ingrid Dubreuil. 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 Ingrid 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 Ingrid Dubreuil. 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 Ingrid. Enchantée de te rencontrer.
The formal way to introduce yourself is
Bonjour, je m'appelle Ingrid Dubreuil. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.
Now it’s time for Ingrid’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!

Bader
Monday at 4:58 pm
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Bonjour, je m’appelle Bader Al Alwan. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.

Bader
Monday at 4:43 pm
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Bonjour, je m’appelle Bader Al Alwan. Je suis enchantée de vous rencotrer.

jake
Monday at 10:43 am
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salut je m’appelle Jake, enchanté

Friday at 10:09 pm
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Bonjour Marianne et Nikolay,

Nice to meet you and welcome to FrenchPod101.com!

We hope you’re enjoying the lessons. Please free to let us know if you have any questions.😄

Sincerely,
Cristiane
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Marianne
Friday at 3:46 am
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Je m’appelle Marianne, enchante de vous rencontrer.

Learned French in school and long time ago could speak it but live now in USA and speak only English. Grew up in Germany.

Nikolay
Sunday at 11:14 pm
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Bonjour! Je m’appelle Nikolay. Je suis enchantee de vous rencontrer : )

Saturday at 5:18 pm
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Bonjour Gilliana et Marcelo !

Merci pour votre commentaire ! Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer. 😄
Comment allez-vous ? Pourquoi voulez-vous apprendre le Français ?

Bon week-end !
Marie Alice
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Marcelo
Thursday at 11:33 am
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Salut, je m’appelle Marcelo. Enchantée.

Gilliana
Monday at 1:04 am
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Bonjour, je m’appelle Gilliana. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.

Sunday at 11:41 pm
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Bonjour Hind ! Enchantée de vous rencontrer !
Comment allez-vous ? 😄

Bonjour Lucian ! You can pronounce your name as you’re used to ! Nice to meet you !

Brooke et Angelica, merci pour votre commentaire ! J’espère que vous allez bien !

A bientôt !
Marie Alice
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