One of the first things you must learn in Spanish is how to say your name “me llamo…” and ask someone else name “¿Cómo te llamas?” Of course, there are different ways to do it, although the most common is to use the verb “llamarse”. Let’s see them in the next video
How to say your name in Spanish
As you have seen, to say your name in Spanish you can use verb SER (to be) “Soy Mercedes (I am Mercedes)” or LLAMARSE (to call oneself) “Me llamo Mercedes (I call myself/My name is Mercedes)”. Here you have its conjugation, but it is important you notice that it has to be used with a reflexive pronoun.
Spanish verb “llamarse”
Here you have the conjugation of “llamarse” in the present tense, it is a very regular verb but check here the whole conjugation of verb llamar.
Verb “llamar” used without the reflexive pronouns, means to call, to phone or even to knock on the door:
Llamo todas las semanas a mi madre (I call every week to my mother).
Llama a la puerta antes de entrar (Knock on the door before entering).
Nos llamamos (we call each other) is very often used as a way to say goodbye.
How to ask “What’s your name?” in Spanish
You can just say ¿Cómo te llamas? or ¿Cuál es tu nombre? to ask someone name. If you want to ask the same in a more formal way you will say ¿Cómo se llama? or ¿Cuál es su nombre?
Usually, in an informal conversation, we will reply just with our name “Me llamo Lola”, while in a formal situation we will say name and surname “Me llamo Lola Sánchez”.
Notice also you don`t need to repeat verb “llamarse” in your answer, you can just say “Lola” or “Lola Sánchez”.
Also, you can ask someone directly about their surname ¿Cuál es tu apellido?
Finally remember that it is going to be very important to learn how to spell your name (practice the alphabet in this link), since most people are going to ask you how is written or spelled it “¿Cómo se escribe?” or “¿Cómo se deletrea?”
Time to practice how to say your name with our interactive exercises
Practice everything you have learned in this lesson with the exercises below and remember to contact your tutor if you have any question. Don’t you have a Spanish tutor yet?