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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 8:15 pm
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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.

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I want learn more french words

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Hello Aayush,

Thank you for posting!
Nice to meet you! 😉

Hi JAN,

Thank you for your positive feedback!
We hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the series!

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JAN
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This video has been very informative — Thank a lot for it!

Bonjour, Je m´appelle Jan Lio. Je suis enchante de vous rencontrer

Aayush
Wednesday at 11:37 pm
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‘Bonjour, je m’appelle Aayush Gangrade. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer

Monday at 7:21 pm
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Bonjour Silvia,

Thank you for joining us!

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Silvia Sayago
Monday at 6:45 am
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Bonjour, je m’appelle Silvia. Je suits enchanted de vows recontrer

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Bonjour Kim Han Chul,

Nice to meet you!

Looking forward to seeing you often here.

@Wojciech,

Thank you for posting.

That’s great! Keep up practicing and in case of any questions, we’re here to help!

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

Sincerely,
Cristiane
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Kim Han Chul
Sunday at 1:19 pm
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Bonjour, je m’appelle Kim Han Chul. Je suis enchantée de vous rencontrer.

Wojciech
Saturday at 7:18 am
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Hahaha it was so difficult to repeat >>>
J’adorerais rencontrer tes parents. But I made it. So glad😄