What is your name in Spanish

Introduction

“What is your name in Spanish?”

​Let's cut to the chase!

​What is your name in Spanish is :

​¿Cómo te llamas?

​If you want to know how to pronounce this key question, click on the audio below.

​The content of this article has also been summarised in the You Tube video below.

​There is a lot more to it (isn't there always?), but if you want a quick answer, there it is.

The rest of this article looks into the question of how to say ​what is your name in Spanish in a more detailed way.

​​​What is your name in Spanish 

....... is one of the most-sought after expressions on the internet for people looking for help with some basic Spanish.

And, it is not surprising.

What is more natural? ....

what is more human? ....

 and what is more friendly? ....

​than wanting to know somebody's name? - especially if you are asking in their own language.

That's when things become special.

Holiday romances, chance encounters, business deals being signed (especially if the discussions have not been in Spanish) - can become more meaningful if you actually ask someone their own name, in their own language.

It sounds obvious. And, it so true.

That is why this​ article, answers that question. Nothing more and nothing less.

How do you say "what is your name?" in Spanish

(in- depth review?)

“¿Cómo te llamas?"

There it is in the blue bubble above.

​So, ​let's unpack the bubble.

  • The upside down question mark - don't worry about that! It does look a little strange to non Spanish eyes ... and, of course, you are saying the word, so punctuation does not matter!
  • The "c" of "cómo" is pronounced like a "k" as in "kick"
  • The double "ll" is pronounced in different ways around the Spanish speaking world. In Castillain Spanish, it is pronounced as a "y", as in "you".

Click on the audio below, if you would like to hear this being said.

Are there other ways of saying what is your name in Spanish?

​Yes, indeed, there are other ways of saying what is your name in Spanish.

​Below, you will find three more versions:

​¿Cómo se llama?

¿Cómo os llamáis?

¿Cómo se llaman?

Yes, all of these mean what is your name in Spanish. We need to unpack them a little so that the differences can be understood.

¿Cómo se llama?

Your name in Spanish ¿cómo se llama?

​"¿Cómo se llama?" is used in more formal situations, when you do not know the person you are speaking to very well. As an example, in a business meeting, when you have just met your counterparts, it would be more appropriate to use "¿cómo se llama?".

Click on the audio below, if you would like to hear this being said.

¿Cómo os llamáis?

Your name in Spanish ¿cómo os llamáis?

​"¿Cómo ​os llamáis?" is used in more informal situations, when you ​are are speaking to more than more person (plural). As an example, in a ​school classroom, ​a teacher ​would say​ ​​"¿Cómo ​os llamáis?" to a class whose names he or she did not know.

Click on the audio below, if you would like to hear this being said.

¿Cómo se llaman?

Your name in Spanish ¿cómo se llaman?

​"¿Cómo ​​se llaman?" is used in more ​formal situations, when you ​are are speaking to more than more person (plural). As an example, ​in a business meeting where you are meeting some new business colleagues (plural), you would say ​"¿Cómo ​​se llaman?".

Click on the audio below, if you would like to hear this being said.

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​Conclusion

​Yes, what on the face of it seems to be quite straight forward, in fact is not.

However, if you are new to Spanish and are just trying to be friendly, ¿cómo te llamas?" is the way to go.

Keep it simple is always a useful way of thinking about things - so ¿cómo te llamas?" it is.

And, click on the audio below, for a quick reminder on how to say what is your name in Spanish.


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What is your name in Spanish
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What is your name in Spanish
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¿Cómo te llamas?" - What is your name? (tú friendly form) ¿Cómo se llama?" - What is your name? (usted polite form)
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