Dialogue

Vocabulary

Learn New Words FAST with this Lesson’s Vocab Review List

Get this lesson’s key vocab, their translations and pronunciations. Sign up for your Free Lifetime Account Now and get 7 Days of Premium Access including this feature.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Notes

Unlock In-Depth Explanations & Exclusive Takeaways with Printable Lesson Notes

Unlock Lesson Notes and Transcripts for every single lesson. Sign Up for a Free Lifetime Account and Get 7 Days of Premium Access.

Or sign up using Facebook
Already a Member?

Lesson Transcript

Hola! Hello, and welcome to Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases, brought to you by SpanishPod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Mexico. You'll be surprised at how far a little Spanish will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and there you'll find the accompanying PDF lesson note and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment!
Mexican Spanish Survival Phrases Lesson 6: First Encounters in Mexico
This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself in Mexico and how to say where you are from. Mexican people are a very curious people, and depending on the geographical region they may be more or less sociable, but in general they are nice and hospitable. A self introduction in Spanish will be a pleasant surprise. Let’s begin the lesson.
Let’s imagine that your name is John, and you are from Canada. You came to Mexico and met a person who asked you “What is your name?” That sounds like this in Spanish:
¿Cómo se llama?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) ¿Có-mo se lla-ma?
Once more:
¿Cómo se llama?
The first word cómo means “how”.
(slow) có-mo
Cómo.
The second and third words se llama are the conjugated form of the verb “to be called”. It can be translated as “are you called”
(slow) se lla-ma
Se llama.
Let’s hear the expression again:
(slow) ¿Có-mo se lla-ma?
¿Cómo se llama?
The answer to this question will be in our case:
Me llamo John, which means “I’m called John.”
(slow) Me lla-mo John.
Me llamo John.
First, we have the little word me which means "I am". Then we have the word llamo which is the verb “to call” conjugated to the first person.
(slow) Me lla-mo
Me llamo.
And the name comes at the end.
Let’s hear that again:
Me llamo John.
You can also answer this question with just your name. In this case, John.
The next question you will usually be asked is “Where are you from?”
The polite way to say “Where are you from?” is ¿De dónde es usted? Let’s hear the question one more time.
(slow) ¿De dón-de es us-ted?
¿De dónde es usted?
First we have de, which in this case is translated as “from”.
(slow) de.
De.
Then, dónde, which means “where”.
(slow) dón-de.
Dónde.
Then we have es which means "is".
(slow) es.
Es.
And at the end we have the word usted, which is the formal version of “you”
(slow) us-ted.
Usted.
Once again, altogether:
(slow) ¿De dón-de es us-ted?.
¿De dónde es usted?.
Our sample answer will be “I’m from Canada” . In Spanish that will sound like this:
Soy de Canadá.
(slow) Soy de Ca-na-dá.
Soy de Canadá.
The first word soy means “I am”.
(slow) Soy.
Soy
Next we have de which means in this case “from”.
(slow) de.
De.
And at the end we have the name of the country, in our case Canada: Canadá
(slow) Ca-na-dá.
Canadá.
Let’s hear the whole phrase one more time.
Soy de Canadá.
To close out today's lessons, we’d like you to practice what you have just learned. I’ll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you’re responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so !buena suerte! which means “Good luck!” in Spanish.
“What is your name?” (formal)
(3 sec) ¿Cómo se llama?
(Slow) ¿Có-mo se lla-ma?
¿Cómo se llama?
“I’m called John”
(3 sec) Me llamo John.
(slow) Me lla-mo Jo-hn.
Me llamo John.
“Where are you from?” (formal)
(3 sec) ¿De dónde es usted?
(slow) ¿De dón-de es us-ted?
¿De dónde es usted?
“I’m from Canada”
(3 sec) Soy de Canadá.
(slow) Soy de Ca-na-dá.
Soy de Canadá.
Alright! That's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by SpanishPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson note. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment! Hasta luego.

11 Comments

Hide
Please to leave a comment.
😄 😞 😳 😁 😒 😎 😠 😆 😅 😜 😉 😭 😇 😴 😮 😈 ❤️️ 👍
Sorry, please keep your comment under 800 characters. Got a complicated question? Try asking your teacher using My Teacher Messenger.
Sorry, please keep your comment under 800 characters.

SpanishPod101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
Pinned Comment
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Listeners

let's answer to the question ¿Cuál es su nombre? ("What's your name?"), in Spanish!

 

SpanishPod101.com
Monday at 1:06 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Michael,


Thank you for sharing.

We're happy to have you here.

Please let us know if you have any question or doubt.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

Michael
Sunday at 11:30 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Me llamo Michael, Soy de América. Hora, estoy aprendiendo de forma independiente, sin embargo, tengo amigos de los que aprender, a pesar de que estoy aprendiendo de forma independiente, no me resulta difícil porque tengo ganas de practicar el lenguaje todos los días. Mi razón para aprender es la comunicación basada en la gente que me rodea, es por eso que elegí este idioma. Esta es solo mi semana de aprendizaje solo, quiero aprender más hablando con nativos.

SpanishPod101.com
Sunday at 2:27 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Tony,


Muy bien! Gracias por participar.

We're happy to know you're enjoying the lessons.

Please don't hesitate to leave your questions.

Sigamos practicando!


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

Tony
Saturday at 4:22 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Me llamo Tony. Soy de la ciudad Miami en la estado de Florida.

Soy Estado Unidosano.

SpanishPod101.comVerified
Sunday at 7:50 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Chris,


Thank you for joining us!


Looking forward to seeing you often here!


Saludos,

Cristiane

Team SpanishPod101.com

Chris Chaltry
Monday at 11:18 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola a todos.

Me llamo Chris. Gracias por las lecciones buenas.

SpanishPod101.comVerified
Tuesday at 1:00 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Esteban,


Gracias!

Lo solucionaremos de inmediato.


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

Esteban
Thursday at 5:21 am
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Example from vocab section:


Me llamo Alberto.

"I am called Alberto."


When you click on the audio icon for these two entries, you get the wrong audio. I believe they are saying "juego" and "game" instead of the correct audio.

SpanishPod101.comVerified
Saturday at 12:28 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hola Gloria,


Buena respuesta!

Good answer!

Stay tuned, we have a new lesson for you every week!


Saludos,

Carla

Team SpanishPod101.com

Gloria
Thursday at 12:32 pm
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Cuando alguien quiere saber mi nombre, yo le digo, “Me llamo Gloria.”

When someone wants to know my name, I say to him (or her), "Me llamo Gloria."