Me llamo: A Grammar and Culture Lesson
¿Cómo te llamas?
¿Cómo se llama usted?
“Me llamo” is a Spanish phrase that means “my name is.”
It is used to introduce oneself to others. For example, “Hola, me llamo Ana” means “Hello, my name is Ana.”
It is a common phrase used in Spanish-speaking countries and is an essential phrase to know when learning Spanish.
To respond to it, you would say “Me llamo” followed by your name.
Of course, this is also a very formal way of speaking. In more casual conversation, a person might say instead, “Soy Ana” which means “I’m Ana.”
Naming Conventions in Latin American Countries
You may have come across some really long names when reading about famous people of Hispanic origin. For example, you may know of the Spanish actor, Antonio Banderas. Did you know his full name is José Antonio Domínguez Banderas? What about the Mexican artist, Diego Rivera? His full name was Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez. Wow!