me nombre es Max OR me llamo Max OR yo soy Max

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Which one should I use'

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updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by King

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Lazarus and James: I made so many big DOSIES last week I can't begin to tell. Many were very laughable -- as always. I am working hard to learn proper Spanish: and thanks to you guys my verbal skills are improving. I have even been told so.

lazarus1907 said:

Daniel said:

I have been corrected by native Mexican speakers several times to use "Mi nombre es ......" -- and have heard others say it this way. But I was understood using "Me llamo ....". It may depend what country you are in.

I've checked this with Mexicans (one of my workmates is Mexican) and people from other countries. Their first reaction is to say "Why is Me llamo... wrong'" It is perfect Spanish. But ask them this: "Do you always introduce yourself to everyone like that'". Their answer will be, no doubt, "Of course not!". To give you an idea, it is like answering "Affirmative" whenever someone asks you whether you want to do something. It is correct, but you don't speak like that out of a lab or a court.If I ever heard a native saying "Mi nombre es...", I'd answer "I'll be back!", while I laugh.

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updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by Daniel
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I agree James. But, I was corrected last week in San Felipe on excactly this.

James Santiago said:

Daniel said:

I have been corrected by native Mexican speakers several times to use "Mi nombre es ......" -- and have heard others say it this way. But I was understood using "Me llamo ....". It may depend what country you are in.

I can't imagine why a Mexican would correct this, Daniel. I have lived for short periods in various cities of Mexico, and I have always heard the standard "Me llamo..." form used there.

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updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by Daniel
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Daniel said:

I have been corrected by native Mexican speakers several times to use "Mi nombre es ......" -- and have heard others say it this way. But I was understood using "Me llamo ....". It may depend what country you are in.

I've checked this with Mexicans (one of my workmates is Mexican) and people from other countries. Their first reaction is to say "Why is Me llamo... wrong'" It is perfect Spanish. But ask them this: "Do you always introduce yourself to everyone like that'". Their answer will be, no doubt, "Of course not!". To give you an idea, it is like answering "Affirmative" whenever someone asks you whether you want to do something. It is correct, but you don't speak like that out of a lab or a court.

If I ever heard a native saying "Mi nombre es...", I'd answer "I'll be back!", while I laugh.

updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Daniel said:

I have been corrected by native Mexican speakers several times to use "Mi nombre es ......" -- and have heard others say it this way. But I was understood using "Me llamo ....". It may depend what country you are in.

I can't imagine why a Mexican would correct this, Daniel. I have lived for short periods in various cities of Mexico, and I have always heard the standard "Me llamo..." form used there.

updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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I have been corrected by native Mexican speakers several times to use "Mi nombre es ......" -- and have heard others say it this way. But I was understood using "Me llamo ....": So what the heck. It may depend what country you are in.

updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by Daniel
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"Mi nombre es Max" is fine if you are introducing yourself in a public speech, if you are filling a form and need to be precise about your terminology, or if you are Terminator. Otherwise, you don't normally talk like that.

updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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For general purposes, use "Me llamo Max." You can also use "Mi (not me) nombre es Max" in certain situations.

updated DIC 30, 2008
posted by 00bacfba