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This is an interesting question, because the answer is different for English than it is for any other modern language. English is not just a language spoken by English speakers, it is an international language, which means that even people who are not native speakers are often required to know some English! A great example is airplane pilots: They must be able to communicate with airport control towers using simple English — regardless of what other language they know.
That means English is special. 1000 years ago, the “special” language was Latin. Scholars in Norway and scholars in Italy, for example, would use Latin to communicate.
So that brings us to the question: How do you introduce yourself in English? Well, with modern Internet society, one answer is that, if you don’t know anything about the other person, you should use some neutral words that are easy to understand. Examples are “hi” and “hello”. If the person doesn’t answer … that answer means pretty much the same in any language!
You immediately get into a more complicated situation if you know something about the person you are speaking to, or if they know something about you.
Of course, nobody understands ALL the proper ways to address ANY other English speaker. But there are two general approaches here, and to have a good chance of success, it’s very important to understand the difference:
– Some people in the world, for example in North America, have an egalitarian society. They like to see themselves as equals. So a very poor person could just greet another person politely — and there’s a very good chance the other person will respond.
– Other people in the world may divide their society into more strict class hierarchies. If you are completely outside that hierarchy — say you are an Indian or American tourist speaking to a British shopkeeper — the shopkeeper will understand you are outside the British social structure, and any friendly greeting is likely to be accepted. The same is NOT true if you are one British person greeting another British person. Then it is important for one British person to understand their social role in relation to the other person. To make it more complicated, in modern Britain, there are people who reject the class system. (Or at least they like to think they do.) If an upper class person introduces themself to a lower class person in rude way — and that lower class person rejects the class system — the lower class person may just walk away, saying nothing. On the other hand, if that lower class person accepts the class system, then even a very rude greeting might be accepted.
This is one way in which the Internet is very helpful for international relations: When you can’t tell who you are talking to, often there is no good alternative but to be polite!
For most English speakers, we simply will greet one another with a “Hello” and “My name is…” When first meeting someone, it is best to be courteous and respectful of the person you are meeting or introducing yourself to. It is also common when meeting someone in an English-speaking country to shake the person’s hand for about a second or two, keeping your grip firm but not crushing. However, if you are looking for a more concrete way to communicate with others in English, you may want to learn the ins and outs of basic conversational English. Depending on your learning style, you may want to invest in audio tapes or visual aids in order for you to learn basic English in order to understand customs of introducing yourself without being awkward or embarrassed.
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