How to Say “My Name Is” in French

Two Methods:Using the Casual MethodUsing the Formal Method

Saying “My name is” is the standard way to introduce yourself to people you want to meet. There are two ways to introduce yourself to someone when speaking French: the casual traditional way, and the formal way.

Method 1
Using the Casual Method

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    Say “Je m'appelle,” followed by your name. For example, if your name is Jane Doe, say “Je m’appelle Jane Doe.” “Je m’appelle” is pronounced “zhuh mah-pel,” and literally means “I call myself.”[1]
    • Use “Je m’appelle” to introduce yourself when meeting someone in person. This is the most common, acceptable way to introduce yourself to individuals when speaking French.[2]

Method 2
Using the Formal Method

  1. 1
    Say “Mon nom est,” followed by your name. For example, if your name is John Smith, say “Mon nom est John Smith.” “Mon nom est” is pronounced “mohn nohm ay,” and literally means “My name is.”[3]
    • Reserve this introduction for formal situations, such as when you’re giving a speech or correcting an individual who mispronounces your name. This introduction method is considered more serious and formal than the casual introduction outlined in Method One.

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