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Alisha: Hi everyone! Alisha here.
Fernando: Hola, soy Fernando. Hi, I’m Fernando.
Alisha: Introducing Yourself in Mexican Spanish. Thanks for joining us!
Fernando: In this series, you’ll learn Spanish as its spoken in Latin America, and more specifically, Mexico. I’ll be the native speaker here to help you learn Spanish…
Alisha: And I’ll be the native English speaking guide to help you along the way!
Fernando: Alisha, what can you tell us about the dialogue in the first lesson?
Alisha: This dialogue takes place at a business meeting and is between two coworkers from the same company, Alejandro and Jorge.
Fernando: The speakers are meeting for the first time, so they will be speaking formal Spanish.
Alisha: Lets listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

A: Hola, soy Alejandro.
B: Hola, soy Jorge.
A: Mucho gusto.
B: Mucho gusto.
Alisha: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
A: Hola, soy Alejandro.
B: Hola, soy Jorge.
A: Mucho gusto.
B: Mucho gusto.
Alisha: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
A: Hola, soy Alejandro.
Hello! I am Alejandro.
B: Hola, soy Jorge.
Hello! I am Jorge.
A: Mucho gusto.
It's a pleasure to meet you. (Literally, much pleasure)
B: Mucho gusto.
It's a pleasure to meet you too. (Literally, much pleasure for me too)
Alisha: Okay, so we have a very basic, beginner level conversation here.
Fernando: Yes, one you’ll have many times when you visit Mexico or another Spanish-speaking country and meet new people.
Alisha: Fernando, could you tell us about the common customs when greeting someone in Mexico?
Fernando: Sure! In casual and formal situations, it is important to make eye contact and shake hands. For women, a kiss on the cheek is common.
Alisha: Oh, like in some European countries?
Fernando: Yes, except that in Mexico, it is only one kiss on the left or right cheek, and not two. Also, note that this is often an “air kiss”, and not a real one.
Alisha: I see! What about business situations?
Fernando: In formal business situations, it’s strictly handshakes.
Alisha: Okay, keep that in mind listeners!
Alisha: Now, let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
hola [natural native speed]
hola [slowly - broken down by syllable]
hola [natural native speed]
soy [natural native speed]
I am
soy [slowly - broken down by syllable]
soy [natural native speed]
Mucho gusto. [natural native speed]
It's a pleasure to meet you.
Mucho gusto. [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Mucho gusto. [natural native speed]
Alisha: Let’s take a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. What will we talk about first, Fernando?
Fernando: Mucho gusto
Alisha: Repeat After Fernando-
Fernando: mucho gusto. (pause)
Alisha: This means “Nice to meet you”. So after you meet someone for the first time and give your name, you can say this!
Fernando: Mucho gusto.
Alisha: And this is okay for both formal and informal situations?
Fernando: Yes, no problem.
Alisha: And how do you respond to this?
Fernando: We simply say Mucho gusto, in return!
Alisha: Well, that’s easy enough!
Fernando: Yes. Mucho gusto – mucho gusto.
Alisha: All right, now let’s learn how to introduce ourselves, in the grammar point.

Lesson focus

Alisha: The focus of this lesson is how to introduce yourself.
Fernando: Using phrases such as “Hola, soy Fernando.”
Alisha: There are several ways of introducing yourself, just as in English. But let’s just focus on the usage of the verb “to be”.
Fernando: One of the verbs for “to be” in Spanish is SER. Here, we conjugate it, so that it becomes SOY. SOY means “I am”. For example, Soy Fernando.
Alisha: Which means “I’m Fernando.”
Fernando: Right. You might also hear “Yo soy”.
Alisha: What’s the “yo” for?
Fernando: Well, “yo” means “I”, and “soy” means “I am”. It sounds redundant, but is perfectly fine to say in Spanish. Yo soy Fernando. But because “soy” already means I AM, the “yo” is not necessary.
Alisha: So simply saying “Soy” and then your name is enough?
Fernando: That’s right.
Alisha: Great. Can we hear the examples we heard in the dialogue?
Fernando: Sure. Alejandro says “Hola, soy Alejandro”
Alisha: Hi, I’m Alejandro.
Fernando: And then Jorge says, Hola, soy Jorge.
Alisha: “Hi, I’m Jorge.” Okay listeners, ready to try it out? Fernando will introduce himself – please respond and introduce yourself - out loud, no matter where you are!
Fernando: Ready? Hola, soy Fernando. [pause]
Alisha: How did you do? You should have said…
Fernando: Hola, soy… and then your name.
Alisha: Great. And if we want to complete this introduction, we add…?
Fernando: Mucho gusto!
Alisha: That’s right! “Nice to meet you.” Show us how it sounds all together.
Fernando: Hola, soy Fernando. Mucho gusto.
Alisha: Excellent. Listeners, are you ready to put this all together? Please respond to Fernando!
Fernando: Hola, soy Fernando. Mucho gusto. [pause]
Alisha: Okay, sounding good! Not too bad, right?


Alisha: I think that’s going to do it for this lesson.
Fernando: In the next lesson, we’ll learn more greetings for formal situations.
Alisha: So be sure to stay tuned! Thanks for listening everyone.
Fernando: See you next time. Hasta la próxima!
Alisha: Bye everyone.