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  • - Hello, everyone, and welcome back to English with Lucy.

  • Today, we are going to talk about self introduction,

  • the answer to that dreaded question,

  • "Tell me about yourself."

  • Now, to some of you this topic may seem very basic,

  • but learning to introduce yourself properly

  • is incredibly important.

  • You might need to introduce yourself

  • without any forewarning, so you need to be prepared.

  • You may need to introduce yourself in your English class

  • or in a job interview.

  • You might need to introduce yourself at a new job

  • or at a new hobby or leisure activity.

  • You may even need to introduce yourself at a big event

  • or convention in front of thousands of people.

  • I feel very nervous and anxious

  • when I have to introduce myself to large groups of people,

  • and English is my first language.

  • For learners of English, for my students,

  • this is incredibly intimidating.

  • In order to successfully introduced yourself,

  • you must have your self introduction pre-written and learnt.

  • You have to be prepared.

  • In this video, I am going to guide you through this process.

  • At the end of this lesson, you will have

  • a complete self introduction that is ready to use

  • and ready for you to learn off by heart.

  • I encourage you to share your introductions

  • in the comment section down below,

  • so that the community and I may assist you and correct you.

  • Before we get started, I'd just like to thank

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  • Right, let's get on with the lesson.

  • So, let's start with the basics of a self introduction.

  • The very first thing that you'll need to say

  • when introducing yourself is a greeting.

  • Now, you can have formal greetings

  • or you can have informal greetings.

  • It depends where you are, the situation you are in.

  • Let's start with formal greetings.

  • Obviously, hello.

  • Hello can be both formal and informal,

  • but it's fine to use it in a formal situation.

  • You also have good morning, good afternoon and good evening.

  • Make sure you pay particular attention

  • to what time of day it is.

  • I have said good morning in the evening

  • and good evening in the morning before.

  • One thing to note is the use of good day.

  • In British English, good day is considered

  • very old-fashioned, very very, very formal.

  • It's not commonly used.

  • However, it is very common in Australian English.

  • They kind of shorten it down to g'day.

  • G'day. (chuckling)

  • And I would say that, g'day.

  • I wonder what Emma from mmmEnglish will think

  • (chuckling) of me saying g'day.

  • Will she approve? I'll ask her.

  • But, g'day is more informal.

  • But this again is if you're in Australia.

  • It's just something I've noticed

  • people using in my comments section, "Good day."

  • I can see why you would use it.

  • It appears to be a greeting

  • that is suitable for all hours of the day,

  • when in reality, in British English,

  • it's just a very, very old-fashioned saying.

  • Also note that goodnight is normally a send off,

  • an equivalent for goodbye.

  • You say it when you are leaving

  • instead of when you are greeting someone.

  • If you're introducing yourself in the night time,

  • you would say good evening.

  • Now let's talk about informal greetings.

  • It's really important for you to find one

  • that you feel comfortable with.

  • There are lots of informal greetings,

  • like hey, what's up, hi, hiya,

  • yo. (laughing)

  • There's even, what's good?

  • Which is quite an American one.

  • Honestly, if I said yo when I was introducing myself

  • in an English class or in a less formal situation,

  • I would feel really stupid, because it doesn't suit me.

  • My particular region doesn't use yo,

  • so it feels a bit forced.

  • I really admire people who can just stand up and say,

  • "Yo, what's good?"

  • But it's not gonna happen for me.

  • So make sure you pick one

  • that you feel really comfortable saying.

  • Next of course we have your name.

  • Now, there are many ways of introducing your name.

  • The very basic ones like I'm or I am.

  • I'm Lucy. I am Lucy.

  • Or, if you're introducing yourself in a situation

  • where the majority of the audience cannot see you,

  • for example on the telephone.

  • No one can really see you

  • when you're speaking on the telephone.

  • You can say, my name is or my name's,

  • with the apostrophe-s, the contracted form.

  • Or, if you're in a very large

  • auditorium or convention centre,

  • then you might want to use this is, "This is Lucy."

  • On the telephone I would normally say,

  • hi, this is Lucy speaking, or this is Lucy.

  • Next let's talk about location,

  • where you're from and where you're living.

  • There are many variations of this.

  • I'm going to start with the most basic

  • and move on to slightly more complicated ways

  • of describing your geographical location.

  • Firstly we have I'm from, and then the place name.

  • I'm from Bedfordshire.

  • We also have I'm and then the nationality adjective.

  • "I'm British, I'm English."

  • If you are from somewhere that is quite far

  • from the place where you're introducing yourself,

  • you can say I come from, and then you can name that place.

  • Come from implies a little bit more of a journey.

  • If you want to say where you grew up, you can say,

  • I was born and raised in place name.

  • I was born and raised in England.

  • If you were born in one place

  • but grew up in a different place, you can say,

  • I was born in France but raised in Sweden.

  • If you want to say that you are from one place,

  • but are now living in another place,

  • there are various options.

  • You can say, I grew up in...

  • "I grew up in LA but now live in New York."

  • "I'm originally from Edinburgh but I'm now based in London."

  • If you want to say how long you have lived

  • in a certain place, you can say,

  • "I've been living in London for three years."

  • Or, "I've spent the past few years in Paris."

  • Now, those are the basics.

  • Let's talk about some other options

  • that you can add on to your self introduction.

  • A very important option is your position and your company.

  • For example, "I work at Google in the marketing department."

  • You can say, I work at or I work for.

  • You would not say I work in, and then a company name.

  • It's at or for a company name.

  • You can also say, "I'm a manager at Starbucks."

  • I'm a position at company.

  • Again, the at can also be replaced with a for.

  • If you just want to give general idea

  • of the field in which you work, you can say,

  • I work in, general area.

  • "I work in sales."

  • If you want to give the specific position, you can say,

  • "I work as a deputy manager."

  • "I work as an accountant. I work as an accountant."

  • You might also want to mention your qualifications,

  • especially if you are introducing yourself

  • in a job interview.

  • If you want to say that you are close to graduation,

  • you can say, "I'm about to graduate."

  • You could also say, I am a subject graduate or postgraduate.

  • "I'm a marketing graduate."

  • "I have a bachelor of arts degree in marketing."

  • Or, "I have a BA degree in marketing."

  • Or just, "A BA in marketing."

  • "I'm a biology post-grad."

  • Shortening it down to grad is more informal,

  • so it might be something that you do at a convention

  • or in your English class.

  • If you want to talk about courses or other achievements,

  • you can say, I'm currently taking a course

  • in subject. Maths.

  • Now, note the preposition, in versus on.

  • You can take a course in something theoretical like maths.

  • You can take a course on something practical

  • like jewellery making or pottery.

  • You can also remove the preposition.

  • "I'm taking a pottery course."

  • If you want to say that you finished a course,

  • it's now on your CV, you can say

  • I have completed a 72-hour course in or on subject.

  • For the time scale of the course,

  • you can say the number, dash, and then the unit of time,

  • and that together forms an adjective.

  • A 72-hour subject course.

  • A three-day subject course.

  • Now, if you want to talk about experience,

  • about your previous jobs, you can say,

  • I have number years of experience in the field.

  • "I have three years of experience

  • "in the neuroscience field" at whichever company.

  • You don't necessarily have to say field.

  • You can say I have 10 years of sales experience.

  • Or, I have 10 years of experience in sales.

  • You can also say I've worked in field

  • for however long you've worked there.

  • "I've worked in the accounting field for three years."

  • Or, "I've worked in accounting for three years."

  • Now, if you are in a more informal situation,

  • one in which you're introducing yourself to make friends

  • and to meet people and to get to know each other better,

  • you may want to talk about your family.

  • Now, obviously, there are the normal things like,

  • I have a brother, I have a sister, I have a mum and a dad.

  • But what if you want to give a little bit more information

  • and also show off your language skills?

  • One common mistake I hear my students make

  • is when they're trying to talk about

  • how large or how small their family is.

  • They want to tell me how many family members

  • there are in their family.

  • I often hear them say, "We are five in our family."

  • This isn't correct in English.

  • In English we say, I'm from a family of number.

  • "I'm from a family of four."

  • Or, "We are a family of four."

  • That's a really important one for you to remember.

  • It's a mistake I hear very frequently.

  • If you want to talk about

  • how many brothers or sisters you have, you can say,

  • "I am one of four siblings."

  • Siblings doesn't specify the gender,

  • so you don't have to say two brothers, one sister.

  • You can just say siblings, three.

  • "I'm one of four siblings."

  • Or even, if you're already talking about families,

  • you can just say, "I'm one of four,"

  • and they'll understand you.

  • If you have no brothers or sisters,

  • you can say I am an only child.

  • "I'm an only child."

  • You might want to talk about hobbies.

  • You have all the usual phrases like,

  • I really like running, I really enjoy tennis.

  • A really good phrase I think is, I'm a big fan of.

  • "I'm a big fan of go-karting."