Let’s say you would like to introduce yourself to someone. Then it always comes in handy to know how to tell someone your name in his or her language.
Luckily, in German this is pretty easy – especially for English speakers. The structure is exactly the same and the words are also pretty close. In German, “My name is ...“ becomes “Mein Name ist …”. That’s really similar, right?
|My name is …||Mein Name ist …|
Alternatively, especially in informal situations, you can also say “Ich bin der … (surname)” is you are male and “Ich bin die … (surname)” if you are female.
|I’m … (+ surname) m.||Ich bin der …|
|I’m … (+ surname) f.||Ich bin die …|
|Beispiele | Examples|
|My name is Max.||Mein Name ist Max.|
|I’m Luca.||Ich bin der Luca.|
|I’m Carina.||Ich bin die Carina.|
Asking for someone’s name in German
Great! So now you know, how to tell someone your name. But what if you would like to know the name of somebody. In this case, in German, you have two options:
The first one is probably the easier one. It is the literal translation of “What’s your name?” and it is “Wie ist dein Name?”
However, the more common question is “Wie heißt du?”, which literally translates into “How are you called?” You can use both options, but the second one is definitely the more used one.
|What’s your name?||Wie ist dein Name? (less common)|
|What’s your name?||Wie heißt du? (more common)|
The second option uses the verb heißen (to be called), which you can also use to answer this question.
|My name is …|
“I am called … “
|Ich heiße …|
|Beispiele | Examples|
|What’s your name?||Wie heißt du?|
|My name is Luca.||Ich heiße Luca.|
|My name is Luca and what’s your name?||Mein Name ist Luca und wie heißt du?|
|My name is Luca and what’s your name?||Ich heiße Luca und wie ist dein Name?|
So you see, when it comes to names in German, there is nothing to be afraid of. If you still feel like you need more practice, then check out our other articles and follow us on social media for weekly updates and exercises.
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