Lesson 1 of French for beginners: introduce yourself in French

French lesson 1 of communication: introduce yourself in French

Introduce yourself in French

Knowing how to introduce yourself is the first thing you need to learn in French. This will allow you to establish a simple first contact with a French speaker. This lesson will also be useful for the first part (guided conversation) of the DELF A1 speaking test. The video below will teach you how to simply introduce yourself in French. You will be able to greet and express your first name, your age, your nationality, the city where you live, your occupation (your profession):


Thanks to this video and this article, you will learn how to introduce yourself in French:

1) You will learn greetings as “Bonjour” = “Good morning” or “Hello”.

2) You will learn to say what your name is. That is to say to express your first name. For example: “Je m’appelle Thomas” = "My name is Thomas."

3) You will learn to tell your age. For example: “J’ai 26 ans.” = "I am 26 years old."

4) You will learn to express your nationality. For example: “Je suis américain” = “I am American.”

5) You will learn to say where you live. That is to say in which city you live. For example: “J’habite à New York” = "I live in New York."

6) You will learn to express your occupation. That is to say the profession you practice. For example: “Je suis docteur” = “I am a doctor.”

To be able to well introduce yourself in French, watch this video several times, repeating after the teacher. When the teachers says: “Bonjour, Je m’appelle Thomas.”, say: “Bonjour, Je m’appelle (votre prénom).” When the teacher says: “J’ai 26 ans.”, say: “J’ai (votre âge) ans.”, etc.

Thanks to this video and this article, you will be able to introduce yourself in French. You will be able to say:

In French                                                                               English translation
Bonjour,                                                                                 Hello,
Je m’appelle (votre prénom).                                         My name is (your first name).
J’ai (votre âge) ans.                                                            I am (your age) years old.
Je suis (votre nationalité).                                               I am (your nationality).
J’habite à (votre ville).                                                       I live in (your city).
Je suis (votre métier).                                                       I am (your occupation).

Taking the example expressed by the professor in the video, this gives:

In French                                                                                English translation
Bonjour,                                                                                  Hello,
Je m’appelle Thomas.                                                        My name is Thomas.
J’ai 26 ans.                                                                             I am 26 years old.
Je suis français.                                                                    I am French.
J’habite à Paris.                                                                    I live in Paris.
Je suis professeur de français.                                        I am a French teacher.

Learn to introduce yourself in this way, without thinking too much, in a natural way, without asking yourself questions about grammar, conjugation, etc.

Once you know how to introduce yourself just like that, it's very easy for you to get to know someone by adding “Et toi ?” = "What about you?". Taking the example of the professor:

Bonjour,

Je m’appelle Thomas. Et toi ? Your interlocutor will answer: Je m’appelle (son prénom).
J’ai 26 ans. Et toi ? Your interlocutor will answer: J’ai (son âge) ans.
Je suis français. Et toi ? Your interlocutor will answer: Je suis (sa nationalité).
J’habite à Paris. Et toi ? Your interlocutor will answer: J’habite à (sa ville).
Je suis professeur de français. Et toi ? Your interlocutor will answer: Je suis (son métier).

Introduce yourself in French: example of a dialogue in video

The video below is a good example of a simple dialogue between two people introducing themselves in French. Look at it!

Ci-dessous, la transcription de la vidéo du dialogue “se présenter en français” :

Bonjour ! Je m’appelle John. Et toi ?
Bonjour ! Je m’appelle Léa.
J’ai 42 ans. Et toi ?
J’ai 32 ans.
Je suis américain. Et toi ?
Je suis française.
J’habite à New-York. Et toi ?
J’habite à Paris.
Je suis architecte. Et toi ?
Je suis banquière.
Au revoir !
Au revoir !

Oral production and interaction activities to introduce yourself in French

Activity 1: Using this presentation template as inspiration:


Bonjour,
Je m’appelle Thomas.
J’ai 26 ans.
Je suis français.
J’habite à Paris.
Je suis professeur de français.


Introduce yourself by making a video and post your video in Flemotion's Vimeo group: https://vimeo.com/groups/flemotion


We will select some videos to make a nice cut that we will post on our Youtube channel.


Activity 2: With a friend, make a video using the model below and post your video in Flemotion's Vimeo group: https://vimeo.com/groups/flemotion


Bonjour,
Je m’appelle Thomas. Et toi ? Votre interlocuteur répondra : Je m’appelle (son prénom).
J’ai 26 ans. Et toi ? Votre interlocuteur répondra : J’ai (son âge) ans.
Je suis français. Et toi ? Votre interlocuteur répondra : Je suis (sa nationalité).
J’habite à Paris. Et toi ? Votre interlocuteur répondra : J’habite à (sa ville).

Je suis professeur de français. Et toi ? Votre interlocuteur répondra : Je suis (son métier).


We will select some videos to make a nice cut that we will post on our Youtube channel.

Written production activity to introduce yourself in French

Taking inspiration from this presentation template:

Bonjour,
Je m’appelle Thomas.
J’ai 26 ans.
Je suis français.
J’habite à Paris.
Je suis professeur de français.

Introduce yourself by writing a comment under our Youtube video “introduce yourself in French”: https://youtu.be/H6JeFsRUbnU We will respond to all presentations.

This first French communication lesson is part of the French course 1: learn to introduce yourself in French which includes 8 additional videos and articles of conjugation, lexicon (vocabulary) and grammar.

Introduce yourself at DELF A1

During the first part (guided conversation) of the DELF A1 speaking test, the examiner will ask you questions to know your first name, your age, your nationality, the city where you live, your occupation. The video below is a very good example of the first part (guided conversation) of DELF A1 speaking test:


You will find more explanations on the first part (guided conversation) of the DELF A1 speaking test by clicking here.

Are you a FLE (Français Langue Étrangère = French as a foreign language) teacher? Recommend this article and this video to your beginner learners in French. You will find more explanations in this article: the first course of a FLE teacher: lesson 0.

Once you have mastered this first French lesson for beginners “introduce yourself in French”, you can move on to the next French communication lesson:


Lesson 2 of French for beginners: introduce someone in French


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