How to Introduce Yourself : Part 1 – Formal and Informal Introducing

By | January 16, 2023

How to Introduce Yourself :
Part 1 – Formal and Informal Introducing

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Part 1 – Formal and Informal Introducing Transcript :


Welcome to Happy English Class. Today Joyce and Jennifer our Master English teachers have a great lesson

on introductions.

You will learn important sentences to say when making informal introductions and formal introductions.

In these videos, you will watch every day examples of friends introducing each other and you will see

people at work making introductions.

In this lesson you will also learn about North American culture.

Enjoy your Happy English Class!

Hello my name is Jennifer.

Hello my name is Joyce.

Today our lesson is on introductions.

So I have a question for you to think about.

How do you introduce yourself in your country?

Do you bow, or shake hands?

Do you kiss.

Do you


So how do we make introductions in North America?

In English there are formal and informal ways to make introductions right.

Informal means that something is very friendly and relaxed.

When I introduce myself to someone that I don’t know in an informal way I can say Hello I’m Jennifer.

What’s your name.

Or Hi I’m Jennifer.


For example you could make an informal introduction when you introduce yourself to a new classmate you

don’t know or a new neighbor.

Remember to smile at the person and look at the person when you are introducing yourself.

That shows you are friendly. Watch how Jennifer smiles when she sees a neighbor that she has not talked

to before.

Listen for the informal English they say when they introduce themselves.

It’s garbage day again.

Yes it is time to bring our garbage outside.

I haven’t met you yet, I’m Jennifer.

I’m Jayna.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you too.

That was a great video of an informal introduction that could happen in everyday life.

Wherever you are in North America you can start an informal introduction by saying Hello or Hi.

With a smile right.

In the last video lesson I said to my neighbor I haven’t met you yet. “I haven’t met you yet” is a good

way to begin an informal introduction because I have not talked to my neighbor before but I have seen


Then I said my name. I’m Jennifer.

So an informal introduction was.

I haven’t met you yet.

I’m Jennifer.

What about an introduction and informal introduction.

A friend to a friend.

That’s when you introduce two of your friends that don’t know each other.

You know them but they don’t know each other.

Watch the next video.

Jennifer knows Brison and Jayna.

And she introduces them.

Listen for the informal language they use

Hey Jayna.

This is Brison, my new friend from English class. He’ll be studying with us today.

Nice to meet you Brison.

Nice to meet you too.

In the last video, I introduced my friend Brison to Jayna.

I said Jayna this is brison.

When you make an informal introduction you can use the words.

“This is” to introduce a person.

This is is a friendly and relaxed way to introduce someone in English.

Notice they didn’t bow or kiss but notice that they did smile and look at each other.

So how do you respond after an informal introduction.

What do you say?

Well the most common response is nice to me too.

Or it’s nice to meet you.


Nice talking with you.

If you’re at the end of your conversation it’s friendly.

And remember when you say it with a smile it’s a great response let’s look at another example where

two people who have not met introduced themselves.

Watch how they respond to each other.

Is the doctor in the office? Yes he’s seeing the first patient. I’m new in the area, how is the doctor


Oh he is nice.

My kids feel comfortable with him.

That’s great.

I’m Jennifer by the way, what’s your name?

Oh I’m Jayna.

Nice to meet you.

Jennifer you’re next.

Oh it was nice chatting with you.

Nice talking with you too.

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That was a great lesson video that shows common responses after you have introduced yourself to someone.

Nice to meet you.

It’s nice to meet you or nice talking with you sound friendly and natural.

After an informal introduction in English.

Another important point in this lesson is the use of contractions.

Contractions are two words that are shortened to become one new word with the same meaning.

Is the contraction of I and am.

So take the two words I and am, and place an apostrophe.

Then you have the contraction.


That’s right.

English speakers use contractions all the time, so it’s really important to learn to listen to contractions

and to see contractions.

In this lesson we have two common contractions.

I’m for example “I’m Joyce” means I am Joyce and it’s.

Which means it is.

Example it’s nice to meet you.


Not that we’ve talked to you about informal introductions and responses.

We have taught you the contractions for it’s and I’m.

Now let’s look at formal introductions and responses.

You use formal introductions at work or at a business meeting.

Let’s explain the word formal.

Formal means something is official or important.

Watch the next video of formal introductions.

Notice how the president of the company Mr. Fukuda shakes hands with the new employee.

He doesn’t bow, kiss or hug in this formal introduction

Hello Mr. Fukuwa.

I’d like to introduce to you Miss Jones.

She is the new sales manager and she just moved here from Toronto.

It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Nice to meet you too.


In a formal introduction you wouldn’t say “hey man this is the new girl.”

There are a few expressions to use in formal introductions.

“I would like you to meet”,  “I would like to introduce to you.”

Or “please meet” for example.

These expressions help you sound natural.

Also informal introductions we try to use everyone’s name like in the video we heard the names of Mr.

Fukuoka and Miss Jones in a formal introduction.

Say something interesting about the person.

For example say where they are from or what project they just finished but do not say anything too personal.

It would not be good to say Hi Mr. Fukuda.

Please meet Miss Jones.

She is the new sales manager.

She used to be so vital but now she is skinny or high.


Meet the new drunkard in the office.

This girl loves tequila.


Maybe you are thinking it might be OK to talk about personal information but in North America it is

not OK to talk about personal things during a formal introduction.

So how do you respond after a formal introduction.

What do you say in English.

We have different expressions.

We can use to respond after a formal introduction.

A very common response to a formal introduction is it’s a pleasure to meet you.

Or it’s great to meet you.

Sometimes in a formal setting you might say an informal response.

If you say nice to me too instead of.

It’s a pleasure to meet you.

It’s OK as long as you try your best in a formal introduction.

What a great lesson on introductions.

We talk to you about informal and formal introductions and also about contractions and common phrases

used so go back and watch this lesson again today after you’ve had a chance to understand today’s lesson.

Go to the next video on vocabulary.

Great job.

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