How to Say "My Name Is" in Several Languages

Three Methods:European LanguagesAsian LanguagesAfrican And Middle Eastern Languages

Here is how to say "My name is..." in several languages. The exact phrase is on top, with pronunciation guides in the bullets below.

Method 1
European Languages

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    Say "Moeto Nme e_____" in Bulgarian. This translates to "my name is_____"
    • "MO-eg-toh e-meh eh __________"[1]
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    Say "Ik heet _____ " in Dutch. This is a somewhat gravelly sound. While "heet" is pronounced like "hate," natural speakers almost slur the two together, almost like "hee-EIGHT."
    • "Ick hate"[2]
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    Say "Je m'appelle ______" in French. The words will somewhat glide together. This translates as "I am called."
    • "Jhe- ma- pelle"
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    Say "Me llamo ____ in Spanish. This one most people already know, but they still get tripped up by the double-L. In Spanish, the double-L sounds like an English "y."
    • "Meh Yam-oh"
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    Say "ich heisse _____" in German. Really differentiate the three syllables, keeping them sharp and distinct.
    • "Ikh High- saa"[3]
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    Say "Με λένε _____" (Me lene) in Greek, or use an alternate expression. For more formal hellos, you can also say, "Ονομάζομαι" ("To o-no-ma mou e-ne,") which translates to "I am called."
    • "Meh Leh-neh"
    • You can also change things up with "Λέγομαι," ("Leh-go-meh,") meaning "I'm named."[4]
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    Say "A nevem" in Hungarian. Like in French, the words need to somewhat slur together. The "v" sound in the middle should sound about halfway between a V and a W.
    • "A neh-wem"[5]
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    Say "Ég heiti _____ " in Icelandic. Icelandic is one of the world's hardest languages, but luckily fo you "My Name is" is quite easy.
    • "Yeg hey-tih"[6]
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    Say "mise _____" in Irish Gaelic. Not that this sounds completely different from how it looks. The "se" at the end sounds much more like "sha."
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    Say "Mеня зовут" Russian. No, that "3" shape is not a typo, it's just a part of the Russian Alphabet. If you don't have time to learn the whole thing, the pronunciation isn't tough. This translates into "I am called."
    • "Men-ya za-voot"[8]
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    Say either "mi chiamo _____" or "sono ____" to say your name in Italian. These are the English equivalents of "My name is ____" or "I'm ____."
    • "Mi Chiamo" (Mee Key-ah-mo). → "My name is...."
    • "Sono: (soh-no). → "I'm..."[9]
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    Say "Nomen mihi est ______" in Latin. If you know how to speak Italian, Spanish, or French, the pronunciation is very similar.
    • "Me-he no-men es"
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    Say "Mă numesc _____" to give your name in Romanian. You can also use the phrase "mă chiamă" as well.
    • "Ma new-Mesk"
    • "Ma key-ama"
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    Say "Eg heiter _____" in Norwegian. Like in German, you're looking for three well-pronounced, distinct syllables. The second word sounds like "height," as in how tall something is, in English.
    • "Egg Height-er"[10]
    • Note: this may also be spelled "Jeg heter." This second versions is the more formal, traditional spelling. Both are correct.
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    Say "Volám sa _____" to give your name in Slovak. For more formal, longer phrase, you can use "Moje meno je ____" ("My name is ____"). The words in Slovak tend to be slightly jammed together, especially here, where they might sound like one word.
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    Say "Jag heter ____" in Swedish. For more formal conversations, try out "Mitt namn är." This is tricky one, as the letters aren't used quite the same way in English. Try to make the "i" in "mitt" sound like an "E" sound. [12]
    • "Yog Heat-err"
    • "Mit Nam Aer"
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    Say "mia nomo estas" (men) or "mi nomiĝas" (women) in Esperanto. Esperanto was invented in Poland after WWII as a politically neutral, global language.
    • "Mee-ah No-mo Ehs-tas"
    • "Mee no-me-jas"[13]

Method 2
Asian Languages

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    Say, "আমার নাম" (Amar nam) in Bengali. If you can't read the characters, that is okay. The phonetic sounding is not difficult to pick up.
    • "Am-ar Nahm"
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    Say "Merā nām ____ hai" in Hindi. Note how there is a word after your name -- "hai." This translates literally to "My name Nick is." This is grammatically correct in Hindi.
    • "May-rah nahm _____ hey"[14]
    • You use the same phrase in Urdu. It is written out as "میرا نام ____ ہے."[15]
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    Say "私の名前は...です。(Watashi no namae wa ______ desu)" to speak in Japanese. Note that there is a word "desu" that comes after your name in Japanese. For simpler speaking, you can say, "I am ____," or "Watashi wa Nick"' desu."
    • "Wat-a-shee no na-my wah ______ dehs"
    • Wat-a-shee wah ____ dehs"
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    Use versions of "Ako si _____" to say your name in Tagalog (Filipino). There are several versions of an introduction in Tagalog, all of which are easy to pick up. The word for name, "pangalan"
    • Casual: Ako si ___ → " "AkOH see"
    • Polite: Ako po si ___ → "AkOH poh see"
    • Formal: Ang pangalan ko ak___ → "An pan-nall-en co ack"[16]
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    Say "我的名字是 ______" ("Wǒ de míngzì shì") to say your name in Chinese. This is in the Mandarin dialect. Chinese is not just about accent but also inflection, which completely changes the meanings of words. This is one you should absolutely listen to examples of.[17]
    • "Wuo - duh - meeng -- tza -- shuu _____"
    • For a simpler translation, try "Wuo Jiao ___"[18]
    • In Cantonese Chinese, use the phrase "Ngo kui tso."[19]
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    Say "ខ្ញុំឈ្មោះ ____" ("khnhom chhmoh") to speak in Khmer. Things might get difficult in Cambodia, Vietnam, or Laos, but this phrase can help start introductions.
    • "Ka-nohm ch'moo-ah"[20]
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    Say "Tên tôi là ____" in Vietnamese. Some speakers drop the first word, sticking instead with " tôi là ___."
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    Say "ผมชื่อ ___" ("pŏm chêu") if you're a man, and "เราชื่อ ___" ("di-chen chêu") if you're a female speaking Thai. Thai is a gendered language, so make sure you use the right form. The last word, though hyphenated below, should be smushed together.[22]
    • Male: "pohm chee-ew"
    • Female: "dee-shaun chee-ew"

Method 3
African And Middle Eastern Languages

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    Say "My naam is" in Afrikaans. This language has some English roots, so it will be easier for you to pick up potentially. You'll also notice that is spelled with eerie familiarity...
    • "May naahm ehs"[23]
    • Some people substitute "Ek" for "my." This is more traditional, typically.
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    Say "اسمي هو (Ismi houa)" in Arabic. Some dialects of Arabic actually omit the second word, such as Sudanese Arabic.
    • "Is-mee Ho
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    Say "Ninaitwa _____ in Swahili. It's just one word, followed but your name.
    • "Nee-na-nweet-wa."
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    Say "____ laa tudd" to say your name in Wolof, a West African dialect. Note that Wolof is not a written language, so spelling is not very important. The language is common in Senegal, Gambia, and parts of North Africa.[24]
    • "______ la tood"
    • You can also use "Maa ngi tudd ____" for "my name is." Pronounced "mahn-gee too-doo." Note the extra syllable on "tudd."
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    Say "Igama lami ngu ____" to say your name in Zulu. Again, this isn't a commonly written language, so don't worry much about spelling. It is pronounced much like it looks, with the "ngu" the hardest part. Sound it out like "new," but try to get out a gutteral "G" sound right before the word. This is called a "glottal stop," for word nerds out there.[25]
    • "Ig-ah-mah la-mee (g)new"

Tips

  • This saying usually follows the question,"What is your name?"

Sources and Citations

  1. http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/bulgarian.php
  2. http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/language/dutch-phrases.html
  3. http://www.learnalanguage.com/learn-german/german-phrases/german-greetings.php
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