Or, to put it simply:
Hello. My name is Tanya. Do you speak German?
Though it might be much more useful to start with the phrase ‘Do you speak English?’
Sprechen Sie Englisch?
Hey, I think we are on first-name terms here, so let’s just say:
Sprichst du Englisch? (informal: Do you speak English?)
This post is all about simple phrases I need to know to introduce myself and to greet people.
Greetings in German
Hallo. – Hi / Hello
Guten Morgen. – Good Morning. (6 a.m. till 11 a.m.)
Guten Tag. – Hello (lit. Good day) ( 11 a.m. till 6 p.m.)
Guten Abend. – Good evening. (6 p.m. …)
Gute Nacht. – Good night.
Auf Wiedersehen. – Goodbye (lit. till again see)
Wiedersehen. – See you later.
Tschüs. – Bye!
Bis Bald! – See you soon.
Introducing yourself in German
So, as I mentioned before, and there is no such thing as repeating too many times when it comes to learning a foreign language, to introduce myself I may use the following phrases:
Ich heiße Tanya . – My name is __(your name)___.
Ich bin Tanya Smidt. – I am __(your name and surname)__.
Ich komme aus Finnland. – I come from ____________ / I’m from _____________.
Ich spreche Englisch und ein bisschen Französisch. – I speak English and a little French.
I think it’s enough for today. Let’s take things one step at a time.
Bis Bald 😉