How to Introduce Yourself in French

After discovering French greetings, you will now learn how to introduce yourself in French.

Step 1: listen to the dialogue and repeat what you hear

Bonjour, je m’appelle Benjamin
Salut ! Moi c’est Marie. Enchantée

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Step 2: understand the dialogue

Bonjour

You probably already know “bonjour”. This is the most common way to say “hello” in French. You can safely use in all situations.

Salut

“Salut” is the equivalent of “hi” in English. You can use it with people you know or with children. If you are not sure, use “bonjour” instead.

Je m’appelle Benjamin

This literally means “I call myself Benjamin”. It’s the equivalent of “my name is Benjamin” in English.
Like “hello”, it can be used in all situations. However, in a formal situation, you need to add your family name.

“M’appelle” is the first person conjugation of the verb “s’appeler” (to be called) at the present tense. You don’t need to know the present tense conjugations by heart at this point, but a basic knowledge is useful, so check out The Beginner’s Guide to Mastering the French Present Tense.

Moi c’est Marie

Literally “me, it’s Marie”.This is a casual way to introduce yourself after someone just did.

Don’t worry about the construction of this sentence. For now, all you need to know is that the conjugation of French verbs is different depending on the pronoun used. “Est” is the equivalent of “is” in English.

In a casual situation, you can skip “je suis”, “je m’appelle” or “moi c’est” and just say your name after “bonjour” or “salut”.

Salut, je m’appelle Benjamin
Salut, Marie

Enchanté(e)

“Enchanté”, literally means “delighted”. It’s the equivalent of “nice to meet you“. You can use it in all situations.

Unlike English, French uses different genders (masculine and feminine). Adjectives, pronouns and verbs change depending on the gender of the subject.

In the case of “enchanté”, you need to add a “e” at the end if you’re a woman. It becomes “enchantée”.

Since genders are an essential aspect of the French language, mastering them from the start will help you tremendously. Before you start the next lesson of this Beginner Conversational French course, check out how to know the gender of French nouns with 80% accuracy.

Step three: introduce yourself

If you want to have your first French conversation within six months, you need to start practicing immediately, so don’t be shy, introduce yourself in the comment section below :).

Benjamin Houy
Benjamin Houy

Benjamin Houy is a native French speaker and tea drinker with a BA degree in Applied Foreign Languages and a passion for languages. After teaching French and English in South Korea for 7 months as part of a French government program, he created French Together to help English speakers learn the 20% of French that truly matters. You will also find him giving blogging advice on Grow With Less.

50 thoughts on “How to Introduce Yourself in French”

  1. Bonjour, je m’appele Cynthia, je suis Nigerian
    J ‘habite a’ Anambra state
    Je suis etudiant a IMT Enugu
    Department du mass communication
    Enchante

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  2. Bonjour, je m’appale Yaren. Je suis une étudiante. Je suis Turc et j’apprends le français pour la première fois. Merci beaucoup pour votre site. Enchantée.

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  3. Bonjour,
    Je m’appelle shuvo,
    Je suis etudiant,
    Je suis bangladais,
    Je suis etudiant le luniversite du BSMRSTU,
    Department du relations international,
    J’ai 22 ans,
    Enchante

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  4. bonjour Benjamin, je suis Simon, je suis Nigerian, j’ai vingt ans. je suis un estudiant de l’universite d’Afrique Zimbabwe . j’aime vous le blog

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  5. Bonsoir! je m’appelle Bella, je suis Nigerianne, j’ai vingt cinq ans, j’habite à Porthar court, j’aime la langue français très bien,à prochaine

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  6. Bonjour! Jemappele Charles K Gopozah.Je suis etudiant a Africa Universite.Jhabite a Harare dans un Mt pleasant heights. Je vien de Masvingo Bikita.Merci

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