Proper greetings in Spanish: ?me llamo,? or ?mi nombre es'? | SpanishDict Answers
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Hi guys!!! I just started taking Spanish lessons on this website a couple of days ago. I wanted to know that when a person introduces themselves in spanish, is it proper to say "me llamo," or "mi nombre es'"

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Hola! My name is Teyjzhaniqktiyanna. I just started taking this Spanish lesson today. If you were greeting some one in Spanish, I would prefer,mi nombre es.

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mm if you are talking in a formal way you must say "mi nombre es"
but if you are in informal way you must say "me llamo"

si hablas en forma formal debes decir: mi nombre es
pero si hablas informalmente debes decir: me llamo

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Bienvenidos al foro Alvo, Tey y Luz smile

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mm if you are talking in a formal way you must say "mi nombre es"

but if you are in informal way you must say "me llamo"

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In Spain "Me llamo" is normal in any situation, from informal to extremely formal situations, even to have an audience with the king. It is a normal verb, not a colloquial invention.

I never use "Mi nombre es" unless I am filling out a document; you don't talk like that in the street (but "Me llamo" can be used anywhere).

If you were greeting some one in Spanish, I would prefer,mi nombre es.

In informal contexts, and coming from a foreigner, anyone in Spain would understand that you speak like that, but coming from a native, you'd make people wonder why do you speak like that, unless you try to sound distant or exaggeratedly formal.

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Police officers, judges, etc. would say ¿Cuál es su nombre? -Diga su nombre-

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Police officers, judges, etc. would say ¿Cuál es su nombre? -Diga su nombre-

Exactly: it sounds too formal, too serious, or too ceremonious. If someone came to me in the street or in a pub, and said: "Mi nombre es...", I wouldn't be surprised if he said "Bond, James Bond", hehehe.

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