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Let's take a closer look at Mark’s response.
Do you remember how Mark Lee introduces himself?
"Nice to meet you. I'm Mark."
Mark: Mucho gusto, soy Mark.
First is the expression, Mucho gusto, meaning "Nice to meet you."
Mucho gusto (enunciated). Mucho gusto.
This expression literally means "Much pleasure" but translates as "Nice to meet you." Mucho gusto.
This expression can be used in any situation from an informal encounter to a business meeting.
Do you remember how Mark says,
"I'm Mark."
Mark: Soy Mark.
First is soy. "[I] am." Soy (enunciated). Soy.
Note: soy is a shortened form of yo soy. In Spanish, yo, "I," is usually omitted.
Soy is from the verb, ser, meaning "to be" in Spanish. Ser.
Next is the name, Mark. “Mark.” Mark.
Together, it's Soy Mark. "I’m Mark." Soy Mark.
The sentence pattern is
Soy {NAME}.
"I’m {NAME}."
Soy {NAME}.
To use this pattern, simply replace the {NAME} placeholder with your name.
Imagine you're Karen. In Spanish, Karen. Karen.
"I'm Karen."
Karen Lee: Soy Karen.
Karen Lee: "I'm Karen."
Karen Lee: Soy Karen.
Note that Mexican people have two last names.
The first one comes from the father's family, and the second one from the mother's.
In a formal situation, people might give you only their first last name or they might give you both.
For example, Angel’s full name is Angel Salazar Almonte.
In a formal situation, such as when he’s talking to a colleague, he might say,
Soy Ángel Salazar. "I'm Angel Salazar." Soy Ángel Salazar.
Or in an even more formal situation, such as when he’s introducing himself to a new boss, he would probably give both last names.
Soy Ángel Salazar Almonte. "I'm Angel Salazar Almonte." Soy Ángel Salazar Almonte.
You should give your full name in business or formal situations, but in more casual settings, it’s fine to give only your first name.