“my name is” in French: je m’appelle

je m'appelle

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In this French we will discuss the idiom “je m’appelle which means “my name is” in French. In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how je m’appelle is used in French
  • how je m’appelle is used in sentences in French
  • how you can quiz yourself on je m’appelle
  • how je m’appelle Anki files can be downloaded

By the end of the lesson you will know all about je m’appelle.

Table of Contents

Conjugation of s’appeler in the Present Tense

pronounconjugated verb
jem’appelle
tut’appelles
il/elle/ons’appelle
nousnousappelons
vousvousappelez
ilss’appellent

When we introduce ourself in French we use the following verb

s’appeler

to call oneself

If you are confused about why there is a s’ before the verb then please take a look at reflexive verbs.

How to Introduce Yourself

In order to introduce yourself you would have to say:

  • Je m’appelle (name) = My name is (name)

In practice it looks like this.

Je m’appelle Vincent.

My name is Vincent.

Je m’appelle Clara.

My name is Clara.

As you can see it’s very simple.

How to ask the Names of other People

If you want to ask the name of someone else, then there are two possibilities:

  • the informal way
  • the formal way.
  1. If you want to know the name of someone in an informal way, then this is what you’d say:

Comment tu t’appelles?

What is your name?

Tu t’appelles comment?

What is your name?

  1. If you want to know the name of someone in a formal way then this is what you’d say:

Comment vous vous appelez?

What is your name?

Vous vous appelez comment?

What is your name?

The informal way uses the subject pronoun “tu” whereas the formal way uses the subject pronoun “vous”.

Please read the lesson on tu versus vous, if you want a more in-depth explanation.

Example Sentences Using je m’appelle Conjugations

The final section of this lesson on je m’appelle is about seeing it in action, so you can improve your understanding on how je m’appelle are used in practice. Here are some example sentences that show how je m’appelle is used French.

Je m’appelle Vincent.

My name is Vincent.

Je m’appelle Clara.

My name is Clara.

Comment tu t’appelles?

What is your name?

Tu t’appelles comment?

What is your name?

Elle s’appelle Alexandra.

Her name is Alexandra.

Comment vous vous appelez?

What is your name?

Vous vous appelez comment?

What is your name?

Test Your Knowledge on Je m’appelle

It’s not enough just to read the article on this subject.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File of je m’appelle

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

Click here if you want to have the Anki File for this lesson

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

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