Introducing Yourself


In this American English pronunciation video, you're going to come with me to the YouTube

space in LA where I don't know anyone. And we're going to go over introducing yourself.

Introducing yourself to a crowd of people, or even just one person, can make anyone nervous.

Doing it in a foreign language, even more so. So today we're going to go over a few

phrases that you might say when introducing yourself.

The first thing, of course, is saying your nameUsually you'll hear people say "I'm",

or "My name is", or "My name's", contracting "name" and "is".  Some non-native speakers

don't want to use contractions because they don't think it's clear enough, but we really

do want to use the contraction "I'm", and not "I am" because it can be much quicker,

I'm, I'm, I'm, which puts the emphasis on the name, the most important partThis

will also help smooth out your speechI'm Rachel, uhhh. All connectedHere are some

people introducing themselves using "I'm".

>> Hi. I'm Beth Aweau. >> Hey guys. I'm Olga Kay.

>> I'm Staci Perry. >> Um, hey guys. I'm Todd Bieber.

>> Hi everyone. I'm Veronica Hill. >> Hey, I'm Rachel.

>> Hi, I'm Hilah. >> Hi, I'm Rachel.

>> Hi, I'm Christopher. >> I'm Bryan.

Here's an example of someone saying "my name is," without contracting "name" and "is".

>> Hi everyone. My name is Hetal Jannu.

Notice that the stress of the sentence is still making her name the most important part.

My name is Hetal. My name is Rachelda-Da-da-DA-daIt's longer, louder, and higher in pitch than

the unstressed syllablesMy name is Rachel, Ra-, My name is Rachel. That's how we know

it's the most important partSo in the phrase "my name is", "my" and "is" are both

unstressed, and so they need to be really unimportant, really quick, my [3x], is [3x].

My name is, my name is. If every syllable is the same length, the same volume, the same

pitch, then we loose the character of American English, which is based on stressed vs. unstressed


We can also say "My name's Rachel", with the contraction. The rhythm there is da-DA-DA-da.

"Name" is stressed because it's a nounBut my actual name, Rachel, will be more stressed.

And I should say, it's only the stressed syllable, Ra-, of my name that's going to be longer and higher

in pitchThe unstressed syllable, -chel, is just like any other unstressed syllable, even though

it's in a stressed word.

>> My name's Aaron. >> Uh, what's up guys. My name's Todd.

>> Hi, my name's Sara.

Often what comes next in an introduction is saying where you're fromThis can either

be a job, if you're in a work context, or a place, your hometown or where you're currently

living.  "From".  That's never going to be as important as the name of the place you're

fromIt's a function word, so we want it to be unstressed, shorter than the stressed

syllables in the sentence, from, fromListen to these people introducing the places they're

fromThey're using the contraction "I'm" and "from" and then the nameThese two

words are quicker and less importantI'm from [3x].  I'm from FloridaI'm from

New York.

>> I'm from Kapolei, Hawaii. >> ...from Seattle originally.

>> I'm from New York. You're from Texas? >> You're from, where, again?

>> I'm from Delaware.

Here's one last example of someone saying "I'm from", but he's giving his business,

the company he works for, not a city.

>> I'm from Upright Citizens' Brigade, uh, channel: UCBcomedy.

One fun moment I noticed is when Todd introduced himself and Bryan said "Ts'up Todd?"  Tsup,


>> Nice to meet you. >> Tsup, Todd? [4x]

TsupWhat is that wordThat's actually "what's up?"  I made a video a while ago

on "tsup":  how we'll sometimes reduce "what's", "it's", "that's", or "let's" to simply "ts".

TsupNow I know you're probably not hearing the P, but maybe you do notice my lips are

going into the position for itTsup.  P is a stop consonantThat means it's made

up of two partsThe stop, where the lips come together, tsup, and the release, where

the lips parttsupSometimes native speakers leave out the releasetsup?

StopNopeYou can too, just make sure you don't leave out the stop part of the consonant,

where the lips come together and the air is stoppedTsup?

And finally, a phrase we often exchange when making an introduction is "nice to meet you".

>> Nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you, too.

>> Well, it was good to meet you, Hilah. >> Nice to meet you, too.

>> Nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you.

Most people say 'nice to meet you', and probably you noticed that once I said "it's good to

meet you".  "Nice", or "good", or whatever adjective you're using, and "meet" should

be the two stressed syllables of that sentenceThat will contrast nicely with "to", which

will have a schwa instead of the OO as in BOO vowel, to, to, to.  "You", since it's

at the end of a sentence, will probably sound something likeyou, you, youLow in

pitch, quick, flat, and with a lot of the energy of the voice taken outYou, you,

nice to meet you.

We heard two different ways of pronouncing the T in "meet".  One is a stop T, because

the next word begins with a consonant soundMeet you, meet youI cut off the airflow

in my throat to stop the sound, to signify the T.  I don't actually bring my tongue

into position for the T, I just stop the air hereMeet youThe other way of making

the T is to make it a CH soundThis can happen to an ending T if the next word is "you", meet you,

meet youSo first, let's hear it again with the stop.

>> Nice to meet you. [4x]

And now with the CH sound.

>> Nice to meet you. [4x]

Meet you, meet youBoth are ok.

In closing, here is one more introduction conversation I had with a great guy I met

in LA named Zachary.

>> Hi. >> Oh, hey.

>> I'm Rachel. >> I'm Zach.

>> Hi Zach, nice to meet you. >> Nice to meet you.

>> So, we're here at the YouTube Space. So you must be a YouTuber.

>> Yep. Make videos for kids. >> Yeah? What's your channel?

>> Pancake Manor. >> Oh wow.

>> What's yours? >> Mine's Rachel's English.

>> Oo. >> So I teach English on my channel.

>> Wow. You must have a lot of subscribers. >> I do, I do. But actually, let's talk about

that word. It's subscribers, with an R. >> Oh. Subscribers.

>> Subscrrrr-, hold out the R. >> Subscrr, rr, -scribers.

>> Yeah, that's it! >> Subscribers.

>> Perfect. >> Yeah.

>> I'm going to tell my users about your channel, so they can go see you.

>> Cool, thank you. >> Yeah. It was great to meet you.

>> Nice to meet you. >> Ok, have a great day.

>> You too. >> Alright, take care!

>> Bye! Subscribers. Yeah.

Thanks so much to all the wonderful people who were in this videoTo learn more about

them and their YouTube channels, follow the links in the video or in the video description.

Practice your English. Make a video introducing yourself, and post it as a video response

to this video on YouTube. Or, just introduce yourself in the comments. I can't wait to

meet you.

That's it, and thanks so much for using Rachel's English.