Do you want to introduce anyone and you don’t know how? Keep reading and learn how to introduce someone in Spanish.
Introducing someone in Spanish
There are different ways to introduce people. The words you choose will depend on some details you difenitively have to pay attention to.
Who you are talking to
We usally start an introduction with a typical sentence, but it can have little changes. There are four options:
- Te presento a… – That’s informal, talking to one person as you mum or your friend.
- Le presento a… – That’s formal, talking to one person as your boss or an unknown old person.
- Os presento a… – That’s informal, talking to two people or more, as your parents or friends.
- Les presento a… – That’s formal, talking to two people or more, as the royal family.
In formal conversations, you don’t use “tú” but “usted“, and the verbal tenses are different – don’t stop to much on this. I just want you to pay attention to the second person in singular and plural. As you can see, the formal second person and the third person have the same verb forms. In Latin American, people use the formal form in informal situations, but in Spain people don’t.
- First person in singular: Yo soy / yo vivo/ yo me llamo
- Second person in singular – informal: Tú eres / tú vives/ tú te llamas
- Second person in singular – formal: Usted es / usted vive/ usted se llama
- Third person in singular and masculin: Él es / él vive/ él se llama
- Third person in singular and femenin: Ella es / ella vive/ ella se llama /
- First person in plural: Nosotros somos / nosotros vivimos / nosotros nos llamamos
- Second person in plural: Vosotros sois / vosotros vivís / vosotros os llamáis
- Second person in plural: Ustedes son / ustedes viven / ustedes se llaman
- Third person in plural and masculin: Ellos son / ellos viven /ellos se llaman
- Third person in plural and femenin: Ellas son / ellas viven /ellas se llaman
The relationship between you and the person you are introducing
Introductions usually start like this:
- Hola, te presento a mi amigo Pepe.
- Buenas, esta es mi hermana Juana.
- Qué tal, estos son Pablo y Marta, mis primos.
- Buenos días. Le presento a Carla, la directora de la sucursal.
These are just some of the examples you can hear and use. The introduction continues with his/her/their relevant personal details.
You can practice introduction sentences with this online activity.