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Welcome to GermanPod101.com’s “Deutsch in 3 Minuten”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn German.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Sehr erfreut. Hi, I'm Laura. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic German expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in German. We’ll start speaking right away, but first it is important to clarify that in German there is a difference between the formal and the informal language.
Let’s first see how German people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennen zu lernen. Hi, I’m Laura. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
Start by saying:
Hallo, ich heiße ... then, say your name. Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Finally, say: Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen. Good day, I’m Laura Meier. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these expressions together.
Hallo has been substituted with the formal greeting Guten Tag, German for "good day."
Ich heiße Laura has not been changed; ich heisse simply means "I am," however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Laura Meier. Here, you would say your full name.
Finally, pay attention to the ending: we went from DICH kennenzulernen to SIE kennenzulernen. What is changing is the German word for “you.” In a formal sentence, we use the more polite word “Sie.”
One more time:
The informal way to introduce yourself in German is Hallo, ich heiße Laura. Schön, dich kennenzulernen. The formal way to introduce yourself is Guten Tag, ich heiße Laura Meier. Schön, Sie kennenzulernen.
Now it’s time for Laura’s Insights.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. If you are not sure whether to use schön, dich kennennzulernen or schön, Sie kennenzulernen just say simply sehr erfreut, as I said at the beginning of this lesson.
If you use the correct sentence with German people, they’re definitely going to be impressed!
That’s it for this lesson! Do you know how we say “thank you” in German? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Bis bald zur nächsten Lektion!
See you then!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in German!

GermanPod101.com
Tuesday at 1:45 pm
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Hallo ringo,

Thank you for taking your time to leave us a comment.
Looking forward to seeing you often here.

Olivia
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ringo
Tuesday at 5:35 am
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_hallo_

Fatima
Monday at 10:01 pm
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Guten tag, ich heiße Fatima.
Schön, dich kennenzulernen.

Sarah
Sunday at 8:13 am
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Hallo. Ich heisse Sarah. Ich komme aus USA. Schoen, euch kennenzulernen.❤️️

Monday at 2:02 am
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Hello Ingrid, Iolanda and Pat,

Thank you very much for your introduction! :smile: :thumbsup:
Wir freuen uns auch euch kennenzulernen! Ich heiße Albert. Please let me correct some small mistakes that I found.

Ingrid: It should be “Ich heiße Ingrid, ich komme aus China, schön euch kennenzulernen.” instead of “Ich heise Ingrid, ich come aus China, schön, euch kennenzulearnen.”

Iolanda: It should be “Hallo, ich heiße Iolanda und du?” instead of “Ich heisse Iolanda und dir?”

Pat: It should be “Hallo! Ich heiße Pat, sehr erfreut.” instead of “Hallo! Ich heisse Pat, Ser erfreut!”

I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Albert
Team GermanPod101.com

Ingrid
Saturday at 7:41 am
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Dear all,

Ich heise Ingrid, ich come aus China, schön, euch kennenzulearnen.

Please help correct the above if any errors, danke sehr!

BR,
Ingrid

Iolanda
Saturday at 12:45 am
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Hallo, Ich heisse Iolanda und dir?
Sehr erfreut!😄

pat
Thursday at 8:32 am
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Hallo! Ich heisse Pat, Ser erfreut!

Tuesday at 8:27 am
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Good morning Rodrigo,

Thank you very much for your introduction! :smile:
Wir freuen uns auch dich kennenzulernen! Vielen Dank! :thumbsup:
Please let us know if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Albert
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Tuesday at 8:23 am
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Hello Alexsandro,

Thank you very much for your introduction! :smile: :thumbsup:
Wir freuen uns auch dich kennenzulernen!
And you can also use the “ich bin” form, but only in combination with your first name, for example “Ich bin Peter”.
It sounds a tad more informal than “ich heiße”. I hope this helps!

Kind regards,

Albert
Team GermanPod101.com