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 the verb LLAMARSE (to call oneself) «Me llamo Mercedes (I call myself/My name is Mercedes)». Remember that it must be used with a reflexive pronouns. Now, let’ see how to conjugate this verb.
Spanish verb llamarse conjugation
Below you can see the conjugation of «llamarse» in the present tense. It is a regular verb in all the tenses but click on the link to check the whole conjugation of the verb llamar.
Notice that 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.
What's your name is 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 our name and surname «Me llamo Lola Sánchez».
Notice also you don`t need to repeat the 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«¿Cómo se escribe?» or «¿Cómo se deletrea?»
Spanish verb LLAMARSE exercises and quizzes
Practice everything you have learned in this lesson with the exercises below and remember to contact your tutor if you have any questions. Don’t you have a Spanish tutor yet?