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The French sentence "Comment vous appelez-vous"

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English translation

  • Translation : What is your name?

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Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / kɔmɑ̃ vuz‿ aplevu /

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What does it mean exactly?


"Comment vous appelez-vous ?" is a formal way to ask "What's your name?" in French.

How to use it

In French, there are many ways to say "What's your name". So, if someone asks you one of these:

Then you can answer :

And if instead of "Nom" (Name) we asked you specifically for your "Prénom" (First name):

Finally, if we asked you specifically for your "Nom de famille" (Last name / Surname):

↓ Example in a story with English translation ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Réserver une chambre d'hôtel

To book a hotel room

ReceptionistHôtel du Palais à Biarritz, bonjour. Comment puis-je vous aider ?
Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, hello. How can I help you?
RémiBonjour ! J'aimerais faire une réservation pour ce week-end. Du 21 au 23 juillet.
Hello! I would like to make a reservation for this weekend. From July 21 to 23.
ReceptionistBien sûr, laissez-moi vérifier si nous avons des chambres disponibles pour cette période.
Sure, let me check if we have rooms available for this period.
All right.
ReceptionistAvez-vous besoin d'une chambre avec un ou deux lits ?
Do you need a room with one or two beds?
RémiJe vais venir avec ma femme, alors un lit pour deux suffirait.
I'll be coming with my wife, so a double bed would be enough.


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