Teaching your child how to introduce him/herself in English

2019.03.08

We often meet up with families from foreign countries at events and at the park. Many of us have had the experience where we would have liked to go over and spoken with them but were unable to. During the Spring months, we are more likely to meet new foreign families who have just moved to Tokyo. As a parent, we want our children to be exposed to the global society from a young age. In this article, we will share simple self-introduction phrases in English that children can use when they meet children from other countries. Try practicing them as a family so everyone is ready to use the phrases when they need to.

Teaching your child how to introduce him/herself in English
The Basics of English Self-introductions

Most people understand what a self-introduction is but when doing a self-introduction in English it is important to be friendly and positive.
There is no need to be too humble or make yourself sound good.
The purpose of the self-introduction is to share with the other person information about yourself that will help them understand who you are.

Examples of Self-introductions

Start off with a standard greeting
Let’s start by remembering standard greetings.
For children, self-introductions sound friendlier when you add a nickname after your given names.
<Example>

Hi!(Hello!)
My name is Hiroki Tanaka, but you can call me Hiro.
I am 5 years old.

Then share what things you like
“I like 〇〇.”
<Example>

I like playing soccer.
I like to play with Lego.
I like donuts, grapes and gummies.

When you want to emphasize activities/things that you “like”, you can use the word “love”.

Then try sharing what you want to be in the future
When you want to improve your self-introduction, you can try adding a sentence about what you want to be when you grow-up.

“When I grow up, I want to be a 〇〇.”

<Example>
When I grow up, I want to be a soccer player.
When I grow up, I want to be a pâtissier.

At the end, it is a good idea to use a closing phrase
“Nice to meet you” is a popular way of ending a self-introduction.
Also, when you are doing a self-introduction in front of a group, you can add “thank you”.

How to help your child to become good at English self-introductions

Sharing about yourself to others is a great way to become closer to them.
Being able to introduce themselves in English will help your child communicate with friends from foreign countries.
Participating in classes from a young age will expose your child to English in a fun environment and help them gain the social and communication skills they need to make new friends from Japan and abroad. Learning English at a young age will give your child a good foundation and also most likely prevent them from disliking the language when they study it in the future.
Please give your child the opportunity to learn and prepare for the future by attending mommy and me classes.

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