What is Como te llamo?

Answered by Willian Lymon

“Como te llamo” is an incorrect phrase in Spanish. The correct way to ask someone “What’s your name?” in Spanish is “¿Cómo te llamas?” or more formally, “¿Cómo se llama usted?” Let me explain the correct usage and provide some examples.

1. ¿Cómo te llamas? – This is the informal way of asking someone’s name. It is used when talking to friends, family members, or people of the same age group. This question can be translated directly as “What’s your name?” For example:

– Hola, ¿cómo te llamas? (Hi, what’s your name?)
– Me llamo Ana, ¿y tú? (My name is Ana, and you?)

2. ¿Cómo se llama usted? – This is the formal way of asking someone’s name, typically used when talking to someone older, in a professional setting, or to show respect. It can be translated as “What’s your name?” (formal). For example:

– Buenos días, ¿cómo se llama usted? (Good morning, what’s your name?)
– Soy el doctor Pérez, ¿y usted? (I am Doctor Pérez, and you?)

When asking someone’s name, it’s important to remember that “llamar” means “to call” in Spanish. So, the literal translation of “¿Cómo te llamas?” is “How do they call you?” or “How are you called?” It’s a more direct way of asking for someone’s name compared to English.

In Spanish, it’s also common to use the phrase “¿Cómo te llamas?” as a greeting when meeting someone new. It’s a way to introduce yourself and initiate a conversation. For example:

– ¡Hola! ¿Cómo te llamas? Soy María. (Hello! What’s your name? I am María.)

Remember, when responding to this question, you can say “Me llamo” (My name is) followed by your name. It’s also common to ask “¿Y tú?” (And you?) to continue the conversation.

I hope this explanation helps clarify the correct phrase and usage when asking someone’s name in Spanish. Let me know if you have any more questions!