Today we are going to talk about self-introduction the
answer to that dreaded question
tell me about
now to some of you this topic may seem very basic but
learning to introduce yourself properly is incredibly important you might need
to introduce yourself without any forewarning so you need to be prepared.
you may need to introduce yourself in your English class or
in a job interview. You might need to introduce yourself at a new job or at a
new hobby or leisure activity you may even need to introduce yourself at a big
event or convention in front of thousands of people.
I feel very nervous
and anxious when I have to introduce myself to large groups of people and
English is my first language for learners of English for my students.
This is incredibly intimidating in order to successfully
introduce yourself you must have your self-introduction.
Pre-written and learnt you have to be prepared. I am going
to guide you through this process at the
end of this lesson you will have a complete self
introduction that is ready to use and ready for you to learn off by heart I
encourage you to share your introductions in the comment section down below so
that the community and I may assist you and correct you before we get started.
So let’s start with the basics of a self-introduction the
very first thing that you’ll need to say when introducing yourself is a
greeting now you can have formal greetings or you can have informal
greetings. It depends where you are the situation you are in let’s start with formal
greetings obviously hello hello can be both formal and informal but it’s
fine to use it.
In a formal situation you also have good morning, good
afternoon and good evening.
Make sure you pay particular attention to what time of day
it is. I have said good morning in the evening and good evening in the morning
before one thing to note is the use of good day in British English good day is
considered very old-fashioned very very very formal.
it’s not commonly used however it is very common in
Australian English. They kind of shorten it down to good day, good eye and I
would say that good eye. I wonder what Emma from English will think of me say
good eye will she approve. I’ll ask her
but good day is more informal but this again is if you’re in Australia.
it’s just something I’ve noticed people using in my comment
section good day. I can see why you would use it. It appears to be a greeting
that is suitable for all hours of the day. when in reality in British English.
It’s just a very very old fashioned saying, also note that good night is
normally a sendoff an equivalent for goodbye. You say it when you are leaving instead of when
you are greeting someone if you’re introducing yourself in the night time. You
would say good evening.
Now let’s talk about informal greetings.
It’s really important for you to find one that you feel
comfortable with there are lots of informal greetings like, hey, what’s up,
There’s even what’s good which quite an American one is
honestly if I said yo and I was introducing myself in an English class or in a
less formal situation. I would feel
really stupid because it doesn’t suit me my particular region doesn’t use yo so
it feels a bit forced.
I really admire people who can just stand up and say yo
what’s good but it’s not gonna happen for me so
make sure you pick one that you feel really comfortable
saying next of course. We have your name now there are many ways of
introducing your name the very basic ones like, I’m or I am, I’m David, I am David, or if
you’re introducing yourself in a situation where the majority of the audience
cannot see you.
For example on the telephone no one can really see you when
you’re speaking on the telephone you can say my name is or my names with the
apostrophes the contracted form or if you’re in a very large auditorium or
convention center then you might want to use this.
Is this is Daivd on the telephone. I would normally say hi
this is David speaking or this is David next let’s talk about location where
you’re from and where you’re living there are many variations.
Of this I’m going to start with the most basic and move on
to slightly more complicated ways of describing your geographical location. Firstly
I’m from and then the place name I’m from Bedford, sure we
also have I’m and then the nationality ejective I’m British I’m English if you
are from somewhere that is quite far from the place where you’re introducing
You can say I come from and then you can name that place
come from implies a little bit more of a journey if you want to say where you
grew up you can say. I was born and raised in place name I was born and raised
in England if you were born in one place but grew up in a different place. You
can say I was born in France but raised in Sweden. If you want to say that you are from one place but
are now living in another place.
There are various options you can say I grew up in I grew up
in LA but now live in New York I’m originally from Edinburgh but I’m now based
in London if you want to say how long you have lived in a certain place you can
say I’ve been living in London for three years or I’ve spent the past few years
Now those are the basics let’s talk about some other options
that you can add onto your self-introduction a very important option is your
position and your company for example I work at Google in the marketing
department you can say I work at or I work for you, would not say I work in and
then a company name. It’s at or for a company name you can also say I’m a
manager at Starbucks.
I’m a position at
company again the app can also be replaced with a for if you just want to give
a general idea of the field in which you work. You can say I work in general area. I work in sales
if you want to give the specific position you can say I work as a deputy manager.
I work as an accountant. I work as an accountant you might also want to mention
your qualifications especially if you are introducing yourself in a job interview.
If you want to say that you are close to graduation you can
say I’m about to graduate. You could also say I am a subject graduate or
postgraduate. I’m marketing graduate. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in
marketing or I have a BA degree in marketing or just a BA in marketing. I’m a biology post-grad shortening it down to
grad is more informal so it might be something that you do at a convention or
in your English class.
If you want to talk about courses or other achievements you
can say I’m currently taking a course in subject maths. Now note the preposition
in versus on you can take a course in something theoretical like maths you can take
a course on something practical like jewelry making or pottery you can also
remove the preposition. I’m taking a pottery course if you want to say that you’ve
finished a course is now on your CV you can say I have completed a 72 hour
course in or on subject for the time scale of the course you can say the number
– and then the unit of time and that together forms an objective a 72 hour
Course a three-day subject course now if you want to talk
about experience about your previous jobs you can say I have number years of experience
in the field I have three years of experience in the neuroscience field at
whichever company you don’t necessarily have to say field you can say I have 10
years of sales experience or I have 10 years of experience in sales.
You can also say I’ve worked in field for however long
you’ve worked there I’ve worked in the accounting field for three years or I’ve
worked in accounting for three years.
Now if you are in a more informal situation one in which
you’re introducing yourself to make friends and to meet people and to get to
know each other better you may want to talk about your family. Now obviously
there are the normal things like I have a brother I have a sister I have a mum
and a dad but what if you want to give a little bit more information and also
show off your language skills.
One common mistake I hear my students made is when they’re trying
to talk about how large or how small their family is they want to tell me how
many family members there are in their family. I often hear them say we are
five in our family this isn’t correct in English. In English we say I’m from a
family of number I’m from a family of four or we are a family of four that’s a
really important one for you to remember it’s a mistake.
I hear very frequently if you want to talk about how many
brothers or sisters you have you can say I am one of four siblings siblings
doesn’t specify the gender so you don’t have to say two brothers one sister. You
can just say siblings three I’m one of four siblings or even if you’re already
talking about families you can just say I’m wonderful and they’ll understand
you. If you have no brothers or sisters you can say I am an only child, I’m an
You might want to talk about hobbies. You have all the usual
phrases like, I really like running, I
really enjoy tennis, a really good phrase I think is I’m a big fan of I’m a big
fan of go-karting. You can also say I am a keen and then a noun for example I’m
a keen runner or I’m a keen tennis player.
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