The French sentence "Je m'appelle…" revealed

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Translation in English

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does je m'appelle… mean?


“Je m’appelle…” is the most common way to say “My name is…” 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:

  • Comment tu t’appelles ?
  • Comment t’appelles tu ?
  • Comment vous appelez vous ? (Formal)
  • Quel est ton nom ?
  • Quel est votre nom ? (Formal)
  • C’est quoi ton nom ?
  • C’est quoi votre nom ? (Formal)
  • Ton nom ?
  • Votre nom ? (Formal)
  • Nom ?

Then you can answer :

  • Jean Dupont → Jean Dupont
  • Je m’appelle Jean Dupont → My name is Jean Dupont
  • Mon nom est Jean Dupont → My name is Jean Dupont
  • Je suis Jean Dupont → I am Jean Dupont

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

  • Jean → Jean
  • Je m’appelle Jean→ My (first) name is Jean
  • Mon prénom est Jean→ My first name is Jean
  • Je suis Jean → I am Jean

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

  • Dupont → Dupont
  • Je m’appelle Dupont→ My (last) name is Dupont
  • Mon nom de famille est Dupont→ My last name is Dupont

Example in a story with French audio

Now, let’s see a complete example of this phrase in a story with slow French audio and the English translation below.
La rentrée à l'université
Back to university
C’était le premier jour d’Emily dans un nouveau pays et une nouvelle ville.
It was the first day of Emily in a new country and a new city.
C’était aussi le jour où elle découvrait sa nouvelle université.
It was also the day she was discovering her new university.
Elle entra dans l’université et se dirigea vers l’accueil.
She entered the university and headed for the reception.
Une fois arrivée, elle dit :
Once there, she said:
Emily:   Bonjour, je m’appelle Emily, je suis une nouvelle étudiante en échange.
Hello, my name is Emily, I am a new exchange student.
Le réceptionniste demanda à un étudiant de faire visiter les lieux à Emily.
The receptionist asked a student to take Emily for a tour of the place.
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