SELF INTRODUCTION | How to Introduce Yourself in English | Tell Me About Yourself Interview Answer


and 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 introduce 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

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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 good day good

eye and I would say that good eye I

wonder what Emma from English will think

of me say good eye will she approve I'll

ask her but good day is more informal

but this again is if you're in Australia

it's just something I've noticed people

using in my comment 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 good night 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 nighttime

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 high higher

yo there's even what's good which is

quite an American one honestly if I said

yo and 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


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 names with the apostrophe s the

contracted form or if you're in a very

large auditorium or convention center

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 Bedford sure we also have I'm and

then the nationality ejective 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 onto 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 app can also be replaced with

a for if you just want to give a 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


if you want to say that you are close to

graduation you can say I'm about to


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 jewelry making or pottery you can

also remove the preposition I'm taking a

pottery course if you want to say that

you've finished a course is 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 - and then the unit of time and

that together forms an objective 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 made 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 wonderful 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 you can also say I

am a keen and then a noun for example

I'm a keen runner or I'm a keen tennis

player now I've left this one to last

because really it really isn't as

necessary anymore but it's important

that you know how to say it it's age we

have the basic one I am 25 years old we

can shorten it down I'm 25 if you don't

want to specify your age you can say I'm

in my early mid or late and then your

decade 20s 30s 40s 50s teens as well if

you're really young I'm in my mid 20

she's in her early teens he's in his

late 40s you might also hear people say

she's a twenty-something marketing

graduate or he's a 30-something

accountant that's if you don't know

their age or you think it would be rude

to try and guess their age now the last

point in this vocabulary section of the

lesson I want to talk to you about the

dreaded fun fact I've been to a lot of

events I've been to a lot of conventions

and I've had to introduce myself

in a lot of English classes and

something that teaches and speakers love

to ask you to do is give a fun fact

about yourself I must admit I have asked

my students to provide a fun fact about

themselves it's annoying because you

have to stand up and say my name is I

know my job is and my fun fact is mmm

and that could be really really daunting

intimidating to suddenly think of an

interesting fact about yourself is

really really hard so I highly recommend

that you have a fun fact up your sleeve

a fun fact prepared think about an

interesting fear a weird like or dislike

a good one is always your pet or a

strange achievement or extraordinary

experience I always say that I have

hypermobility and then I'll just show

them my thumbs or um dislocate my

shoulder blade that is twice in a month

I've done that on YouTube I need to calm

down have a thing if you want to do

bonus homework share your fun fact about

yourself but this is optional I know how

horrible the fun fact can be now I've

given you loads of different options

I've given you the basics and then you

can add on the options but you'll be

left with a lot of short sentences let's

see how mine would look good morning

everyone my name is Lucy I am 24 years

old i am from Bedfordshire I work as an

English teacher I am a marketing

graduate I'm a big fan of

and fitness classes now whilst all of

that is grammatically correct and very

clear if I do say so myself I think it

would be a lot better if I condense

these seven sentences down into two

flowing sentences what do you think of

this good morning everyone my name is

Lucy and I'm a 25 year old marketing

graduate from Bedfordshire I now work as

an English teacher and I'm a big fan of

running in fitness classes so much

better so much shorter so much more

natural see if you can condense your

introduction down to two flowing

sentences - the greeting that can be a

little sentence on its own

I haven't removed any of the information

right I really look forward to reading

all of your introductions and your fun

facts if you choose to do so feel free

to correct each other and help each

other I will also be looking at the

first comments and I'll look at a

handful throughout the week as well when

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