• Italian course for beginners (A1)
  • 1 Greetings in Italian (hello, goodbye, ...) [0/5]
  • 2 How to introduce yourself in Italian (my name is...) [0/6]
  • 3 Asking and telling the time in Italian [0/5]
  • 4 Days of the week, months and holidays in Italian [0/6]
  • 5 How to talk about your family in Italian [0/6]
  • 6 House, rooms, furniture in Italian [0/14]
  • 7 The weather in Italian [0/5]
  • 8 Body parts in Italian [0/12]
  • 9 Clothes in Italian (shoes, accessories, fashion) [0/13]
  • 10 The colours in Italian [0/5]
  • 11 Countries and nationalities in Italian [0/6]
  • 12 Describing someone in Italian (adjectives, body) [0/9]
  • 13 Feelings and emotions in Italian (I love you) [0/7]
  • 14 Food names in Italian [0/9]
  • 15 How to order food at the restaurant in Italian [0/6]
  • 16 Animals and pets in Italian [0/14]
  • 17 Nature in Italian [0/5]
  • 18 School in Italian [0/6]
  • 19 Jobs and professions in Italian [0/6]
  • 20 The city and asking for directions in Italian [0/7]
  • 21 Hobbies and sports in Italian [0/5]
  • 22 Health in Italian [0/5]
  • 23 Wishes and proverbs in Italian [0/4]
  • Making a good impression when meeting someone for the first time is important.
    Take a look at the following lesson to learn how to introduce yourself in the best way in Italian!

    Remember: always pay attention to the formality of the context to introduce yourself properly.

    Introducing yourself in Italian

    First off, it's important to use the right greeting: Greetings in Italian

    "What's your name" in Italian

    Now it's time to ask somebody's name. Use the following expressions.

    Context Italian English
    Formal Come si chiama?
    Qual è il Suo nome?
    Qual è il Suo cognome?
    What's your name?
    Whta's your first name?
    What's your surname? 

    Come ti chiami?
    Qual è il tuo nome?
    Qual è il tuo cognome?

    What's your name?
    What's your first name?
    What's your surname?

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    "My name is" in Italian

    Here's how you can say your name in Italian.

    Italian English
    Mi chiamo (nome e cognome)
    Il mio nome è (nome e cognome )
    (Io) sono (nome e cognome)
    My name is (name and surname)
    My name is (name and surname)
    I'm (name and surname)

    Introducing someone else

    If you're introducing somebody else, you can use these expressions.

    Italian English
    Lui/Lei è (nome e cognome) He/she is (name and surname)
    Questo/Questa è (nome e cognome) This is (name and surname) 
    Ti presento (nome e cognome) (informale) Let me introduce you (name and surname) (informal)
    Le presento (nome e cognome) (formale) Let me introduce you (name and surname) (formal)

    Verb To Be in Italian (Essere)

    Here's the useful verb Essere (To Be).

    Verbo Essere Verb To Be
    Io sono I am
    Tu sei You are
    Esso Essa Esso è He/She/It is
    Noi siamo We are
    Voi siete You are
    Essi Esse sono They are

    enlightened Decide whether to mention both the name and surname, or only one of the two, according to the context.


    "Nice to meet you" in Italian

    To be polite and make yourself likeable, don't forget to say you're pleased to meet your new acquaintance.

    Italian English
    Piacere! Nice to meet you/Pleased to meet you
    Molto piacere! Very nice to meet you/Very please to meet you
    Piacere di conoscerti! (informale) Nice to meet you (informal)
    Piacere di conoscerLa! (formale) Nice to meet you (formal)


    "Where are you from" in Italian

    It's useful to know how to say or ask where somebody is from.
    Check out the following expressions.

    Italian English
    Da dove viene? (formale) Where are you from? (formal)
    Da dove vieni? (informal) Where are you from? (informal)
    Dove vive? (formal) Where do you live? (formal)
    Dove vivi? (informal) Where do you live? (informal)
    Vengo (dall'Inghilterra) I'm from (England)
    Sono (inglese) I'm (British)


    "How old are you" in Italian

    To ask an age, use these expressions.

    Context Italian English
    Formal Quanti anni ha? How old are you?
    Informal Quanti anni hai? How old are you?


    How to say your age in Italian

    enlightened Subject + Verb Avere + Number + Anno/Anni (Year/Years)

    Italian English
    Ho 16 anni. I'm 16 years old.
    Loro hanno tutti 21 anni.  They're all 21.
    Marco ha 1 anno. Marco is 1 year old.

    Verb To Have in Italian (Avere)

    Here's the useful verb Avere (To Have).

    Verbo Avere Verb To Have
    Io ho I have
    Tu hai You have
    Egli Essa ha He/She has
    Noi abbiamo We have
    Voi avete You have
    Essi Esse hanno They have


    Meeting someone for the first time in Italy

    If you introduce yourself or are being introduced to someone you don't know, you usually shake hands
    Your handshake can say a lot about you. Remember to shake hands firmly, but not too strongly, and smile!
    In some regions, you may also exchange with the other person with a kiss on the cheek. The numbers of kisses is variable.

    It's fundamental to pay attention to the formality of the situation.
    Are you introducing yourself or being introduced to someone of your same age, social position? Then you can freely use informal expressions.
    If you are meeting someone older than you, someone on a higher position than you, a stranger on the street, always address this person in a formal way.

    Daily dialogues

    Check out these dialogues.

    Informal situation (1)

      Italian English
    A Ciao, come ti chiami? Hi, what's your name?
    B Ciao! Mi chiamo Francesco. E tu? Hi! My name is Francesco, and yours?
    A Io sono Sara. Piacere di conoscerti! I'm Sara. Nice to meet you!
    B Piacere mio. The pleasure is mine.
    A Quanti anni hai? How old are you?
    B 26, e tu? 26, and you?
    A Anche io! Me too!

    Informal situation (2)

      Italian English
    A Ciao a tutti, mi chiamo Andrew. Hi everyone, my name's Andrew.
    B Ciao Andrew! Da dove vieni? Hi Andrew! Where are you from?
    A Vengo dagli Stati Uniti. I'm from the United States.
    B Che bello! E dove vivi? Cool! And where do you live?
    A A Houston, in Texas. Houston, Texas.

    Formal conversation (1)

      Italian English
    Buongiorno Signore, come si chiama? Good morning Sir, what's your name?


    Sono Marco Bianchi. I'm Mario Bianchi.
    Entri pure. You may go in.

    Formal conversation (2)

      Italian English
    X Signor presidente, Le presento il Signor Rossi. Mr President, let me introduce you Mr Rossi.
    Signor Rossi
    Mr Rossi
    Piacere di conoscerLa, signor Presidente! I'm very pleased to meet you, Mr President!