10 Steps to Introducing Yourself and Meeting in English

Every Turkish who starts talking in English have certainly experienced that a feeling like all the words had just slipped from their minds. Because, English is not our native language and when the ones whose native language is English start talking in English, time and place get confusing. This situation is unfortunately like an old sacred inheritance from old generations to the new ones. So, what should we do? While talking in English, the golden-rule we should consider is the “Simple is the best” principle. In other words, simplicity is the best.

You are going to meet somebody and you want to make a good impression. You got dressed up, made your hair, had a glance at the mirror one last time, and you are ready. Then let’s take you here. Let’s review those simple but important keywords you will use while introducing yourself, and let the show begin.

Step 1: Greeting

You have finally come together with the person you want to meet and you are expected to do some moves. Leave Aside all you know and firstly, make a warm greeting sentence like “Hey”, “Hi”, or “Hello”… All of those mean “Hi” by means of using structure; but while “Hey” is such a warm greeting word, “Hello” is a more formal word. As for “Hi”, it is something like in the middle. You can choose one of them considering the time and the place, and start your conversation.

Step 2: Make a Comment on the Weather

In foreign cultures, the golden-rule of starting a conversation is to talk about the weather. The dynamism of the weather also affects the liveliness of the conversation. For the beginning of a warm, sincere conversation, you can say “What a lovely day!”. So by saying “What a lovely day!”, you can prove how ready you are to start the conversation.

Step 3: Tell Your Name

After a nice entrance, you should say your name so that the conversation can go on in dialogues. “My name is Evşen” is one of the most known formal patterns. Without an exception, it is everybody’s favourite meeting form in any occasion. But if you want to think out of the box, you can use “This is Evşen” or “I am Evşen”, as well.

Step 4: Ask Their Name

Right after telling your name, you pass the ball to them by asking their name and wait. Wherever you go around the world, there is only one way to ask this question, and it is “What is your name?”. This is the most basic and apparent form of a question to ask their name. You direct the question clearly to ask their name like in the case of  “Sizin adınız nedir?” in Turkish.

Step 5: Use A Contentment Expression

If you asked their name and got the answer, you should be glad to have met in this step so that your conversation can continue. We advise you a basic sentence again and drop this subject. With the sentence of “Nice to meet you.”, or “Tanıştığıma memnun oldum.” in Turkish, along with a smiling face and we send you off with three yes.

Step 6: Ask Them Where They Were Born

You are about to get into the conversation slowly. Now it is time to vivify the conversation with more detailed questions. With our country’s most used question in conversations – “Hemşerim memleket nere?” – you can learn where they come from and show that you are glad where this conversation goes by reacting nicely. For this step, the most common and basic question sentence will be “Where are you from?”. After the answer, you can say “Nice” and tell where you are from by saying “I am from Izmir”. Of course, you should fill the gaps correctly if you are not from Izmir.

Step 7: Learn What They Do for Living

One’s occupation is quite important to maintain the conversation. For instance, if they are a student, you can talk about upcoming festivals; if they are working, you can invite them to the theatre. The most important things such as: “What is your business?” or “Do you study or work? are the golden rules of dialogues like “. Both of these sentences are about their occupation. After getting the answer, you can again say “Nice” by prolonging the conversation with a content expression on your face so that the same interaction sustains in the next steps.

Step 8: Ask Where They Live

You learned about their job. Now it’s time to learn where they live, so you can advise provinces, your favourite restaurants, or any other different stores. “Where are you living?” is the most appropriate question sentence in this situation. To answer this question, we react with a short exclamation sentence again. For example by saying “What a wonderful place!”, we add joy to the conversation.

Step 9: Ask For Permission to Leave

Congratulations. You have progressed well so far and succeeded in impressing them. But in the first meeting, the shorter is the better. You should tell them you should leave in the kindest way possible. By using “I have to go” or to adapt it into daily language “It’s time to go”, we express that we have to go. One last thing is, like at the beginning, we express that we are glad that we have met them by saying “Nice to meet you” frequently.

Step 10: Leave with A Short Goodbye Sentence

Of course, the first meeting won’t stay with this short conversation. To have new meetings and new steps, we should leave them with lovely goodbye sentences so that we can leave with a smile on our faces and we can set sail for new adventures.”See you soon” is so classic and very common as well. By saying “I’m looking forward the next time” you can express that you are waiting for the next meeting impatiently. Make your choice, but do not forget to add a small lovely “Bye” to your sentence.


Now it’s time to follow these steps!

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