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- Hey guys, welcome to Linguamarina,
today is a very important class.
I'm gonna teach you how to introduce yourself.
And maybe you think, well, this is easy.
I just say hi, my name is Marina.
I'm 29 years old, I'm from Russia and then that's it.
But actually, no.
In my videos I like to cover cultural aspects.
I like to cover the context,
like if you're reaching out to somebody on Instagram,
you wouldn't do this,
you wouldn't be like, hi, my name is Marina,
I'm 29 years old.
You would adapt your introduction
to whatever is happening around you.
So in this video, I'm gonna teach you phrases
and I'm gonna teach you some cultural things
that you should consider
when you're meeting people abroad,
when you're talking to native speakers,
when you're reaching out to people
and trying to make new friends.
So if you're interested, continue watching this video.
My task for you right now is to take an exercise book,
and when I'll be giving you phrases,
I will want you to create
at least four introductions of yourself.
Number one, the introduction that you would use for a party.
If you're at a party with native speakers,
how would you introduce yourself?
The second one is an introduction that is more formal,
for example, at work or at the university,
or maybe you're just talking to your colleagues.
Three, introduction in your email,
if you're writing for work.
And four, introduction for Instagram,
for example, if you're reaching out to me on Instagram,
how you would introduce yourself.
By the way, rule number one for all introductions,
you have to be interesting.
For example, you're at a party, everyone is having fun.
Music is loud, people are eating,
they want to dance, communicate.
And what you do, you are like,
hi, my name is Marina, I'm from Russia.
I've been living in San Francisco since 2016.
I run three channels, I have a company
and the person who's listening to you is already bored.
He's like, oh my God, what is she doing?
So always, always think about the context.
If I'm at a party and I want to approach somebody,
I'll be like, hey, my name is Marina, I'm a YouTuber,
and I have over a million followers, and that's it.
And the next thing I would do,
I would ask that person something else.
Because the whole purpose of introducing yourself
is to start a conversation,
not to make somebody super bored from the start.
If we're talking about an email,
you would not start your email like,
Hey, my name is Marina Mogilko,
because Hello, Marina Mogilko
is what your email says already.
There is no need to waste somebody's time
and reintroduce yourself.
On the other hand, you can say hey, this is Marina
from this company.
This is Marina, we met at a party yesterday.
Give them some context,
no need to reintroduce yourself again,
no need to mention your first name
and the last name if it's already in your email.
That's enough.
So again, now I'm gonna give you phrases
and you're gonna write them down
to your four different introductions.
But please, please make sure you're always in the context,
you always know what's happening.
And by the way, if you learn those introductions by heart,
it's gonna be really easy for you.
I know sometimes at school
you have this big topic like introducing yourself
for like my life and it's always this big,
no need to go that way.
It should be small, should be short
and it should be interesting and exciting.
So when you're meeting somebody,
the first thing you say is Hello, super formal, right?
What is super formal?
Hello, good evening, good morning, good afternoon.
If you wanna be more informal,
then you can say hey, hi or what's up,
this is all very informal.
And then you're stating your name.
Normally, you would say I am Marina.
You can also say my name is Marina,
but if it's informal, hey, I'm Marina, nice to meet you.
If you're on the phone, you can say hey, hello,
this is Marina speaking.
I would like to talk to John from marketing department.
Or you can just say, hey, Marina speaking,
can I please talk to John.
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Now let's continue to the class.
So remember at the beginning of this video,
I told you that you should be interesting
and you should be within the context.
So if you're at a party, mention your hobby,
so after mentioning your name,
maybe mention your hobby or what you do.
If you are in a formal situation
then mention what you are doing for a living.
I work for a company X.
I've been working for them for five years,
or if you're in an academic environment.
I am doing my MBA right now.
I am in my fourth year of Bachelor's program.
I am just about to graduate from a university.
So all those phrases will help you get into context
and will help other people learn more about you,
something that is relevant to the situation.
Then if you feel that you're
in an international environment
where people come from different backgrounds,
you can also mention Where are you from.
I am originally from Russia,
but I've been living in San Francisco since 2016.
Or you can say, I was born and raised in Italy,
but I moved to the United States two years ago.
Or you can just say, I grew up in France.
The next thing, I know at school
they teach us to mention our age.
And sometimes you have these topics,
like a lot of information about you
and somewhere at the beginning,
you're saying I'm 20 years old or I'm 25 years old.
In Western cultures, we don't really talk
about age like that.
Only if you're asked and you are normally asked
at a doctor's appointment
or somewhere where you need to fill in a questionnaire,
because there are a lot of discrimination laws
like discriminating by age and stuff which is prohibited,
so people don't really talk about their age at all,
only if you're asked.
So don't do that.
Don't do like, hey, my name is Marina, I'm 29 years old,
because it sounds a little weird.
It sounds a little off.
People don't really mention their age.
But again, if you're asked the standard phrase,
I'm 29 years old.
Please remember the rule that you don't have
to say too much.
Sometimes I get DMs,
DM is a direct message on Instagram,
and I get them like that.
Hey, my name is Paula, I'm from Lithuania.
I have been studying mathematics since 2016.
I'm doing this, this and that.
I'm originally from Croatia, but I moved to Lithuania.
And I'm like, wow, what does this person want from me?
And there is somewhere in between,
there's like a question,
but because there's so much information,
I just don't have time to read it all.
Same goes for emails.
If you're writing an email,
please be short and be concise.
In one of your templates is like your email
or your DM, direct message on Instagram.
Keep it short.
You don't need to reintroduce yourself
if your tag is already saying your name.
You can say, hey, I've been following you
for a couple of years,
I wanna ask a question, do you do this, this and that?
That's it, really easy to read.
And it's a really nice way to introduce yourself
through a DM.
If we're talking about an email.
Hey, this is Marina from Lingua Trip.
I was wondering if you did this, this and this,
thank you.
Now let's go back to remembering
why we're doing all of this.
We're doing all of this to build a relationship.
So when you've done introducing yourself,
I would ask something that would provoke
another person to reply.
Like, hey, my name is Marina, I'm a YouTuber.
Do you watch anyone on YouTube?
Do you like YouTube?
This is a conversation starter
and the person be like oh yeah, oh my God.
I love Casey Neistat.
You start this conversation.
Or if you're in an academic environment,
you're like I'm graduating from my bachelor's program
and I was writing about global warming.
By the way, do you know that?
I don't know, in 20 years half of San Francisco
will be underwater?
I'm not sure, I'm just mentioning that.
And people will be like, what?
Oh my god, really?
And then you start a conversation,
they wouldn't be so happy about it, probably.
But this is the way you start a conversation.
So always think about a follow up question.
Make a person interested,
have a person talk about themselves,
you can ask them and what do you do?
What brought you to this event?
What brought you to San Francisco?
So do that, start this conversation.
Body language is also a very important thing to remember.
In Western cultures, we shake hands,
even if you're two women,
even if you're a man greeting a woman,
you would shake her hand.
Please don't do hand kissing or kissing on the cheek.
This is not really common.
What is common though, is hugging people.
And I'm surprised sometimes
my friends introduce me to their friends
and I'm seeing these people's the first time
and they're like, Oh, hey, Marina, nice to meet you
and they hug me.
And I'm like, that's super cool.
Or you've been talking to a person for five minutes,
and you finish conversation by hugging each other.
This is really Western.
I don't know, maybe this is very San Francisco, California,
people are so friendly here.
But yes, smiling, maintaining eye contact,
shaking hands, hugging people, if it's informal.
This is totally okay to do.
And yeah, always remember about the cultural context.
It's impolite to ask about politics, religion,
age, marital status, it seems a little weird,
seems a little off sometimes.
So make sure you know what's happening in a culture
that you're interacting in.
That was it from me guys,
thank you so much for watching this video
up to the very end.
If you enjoyed it, please like it.
I hope you did your homework
or at least you're gonna do it now
and create your own introductions
that you're gonna learn by heart
because it's gonna make your conversation skills
a lot better,
and it will help you the next time
you meet a native speaker.
Instead of being nervous, you'd be like,
Oh, I know this.
I know how to introduce myself.
And thank you so much and I will see you in the next videos.
Bye bye.
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