Once you know the basic Spanish phrases and greetings, it’s time you consider learning to have a proper conversation that usually begins with a simple question; What’s your name?
If you are meeting someone for the first time or are looking to make some Spanish friends, you always begin by asking their name.
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If you are speaking to someone elder than you or at a higher authority and you want to show respect then you ask their name by saying ¿Cómo se llama? It is pronounced as como-say-yama.
However, when asking the same question to someone younger, you can say ¿Cómo te llamas?
Here, se and te are direct object pronouns. While te is used casually, se is used to address someone formally.
The word llama means “call” while como means “how” or “what” in English. So, in literal terms, the above phrases translate to “What do you call yourself?”
Another way to ask someone’s name in Spanish is to say ¿Cuál es tu nombre? Here nombre means “name”.
That’s pretty much about this phrase. Don’t forget to put a smile on your phase when acquitting with someone because Spanish might not be a universal language but a smile is.