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Introducing Yourself

My name is Oliver.

My name is Oliver Johnson.

It is important for you to introduce yourself using your first name in most situations. The only time you would use your first name and surname would be when introducing yourself would be in a business or formal situation.

I'm Oliver.

I am Oliver Johnson.

I'm is the contraction of I am. When introducing yourself, the contraction makes the conversation faster.

It's nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

This is a polite phrase said right after meeting someone for the first time. We can use it's nice to meet you (it's is a contraction of it is) when we meet someone for the first time or we can simply say nice to meet you. Both are acceptable in any situation.

It's a pleasure to meet you.

Pleased to meet you.

This is a polite phrase said right after meeting someone for the first time. Saying pleasure or pleased to meet you is more formal than saying nice to meet you.

I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Christina.

This phrase is very formal and would probably be used in situations where you are presenting to a group of people or when you want to meet a person in particular.

Nice to meet you, too.

It's a pleasure to meet you, too.

Pleased to meet you, too.

Likewise.

These would be polite responses to someone saying to you, that it's nice to meet you or it's a pleasure to meet you. We add the word too to mean as well or also. We can also say, likewise to mean as well or also.


Tips

Introductions are important because first impressions are important. You should greet an employer in a formal manner.

The way you introduce yourself to someone should be based on what relationship you will have with the person. Will the person be a friend, a co-worker or an employer? Base your introduction on these points.

Be confident when introducing yourself, use language you are comfortable with, but be aware that someone may speak to you with language you will need to understand.

Remember, when introducing yourself contractions (e.g. it's) make the introduction faster. Contractions in speech are very commonly used.