Will be introduced to a new co-worker in next day or two. Best way to say "nice to meet you"?
I am male, live in the U.S. and have started a new job recently. I will be introduced over the phone to a female co-worker who works in Mexico. I can say a few conversational and simple phrases in Spanish, and would like to briefly chat in Spanish initially.
I'm hoping someone can give me some advice on the best way to say "nice to meet you" in this situation. Is "encontado" appropriate? Would it be better to say "mucho gusto"? Something else?
Also, assuming I am actually complimented on the rudimentary Spanish I do know (I'm happy to accept sympathy compliments!!), what would be appropriate in thanking her saying "you are very nice". My first thought was "Usted es muy simpática", but someone had told me in the past that was also implying the person was cute/attractive. Should I just stick with "Used es muy amable"?
Thanks so much for your advice!
I am answering in case no other Spanish speaker does, but let's hope some Mexican can answer this! I am from Spain, so it may be different there, I am not sure.
If you are going to talk by the phone, I would discard "mucho gusto" (I associate this with actually shaking hands or greeting someone in person) and would go with "encantado", it is formal enough and sounds not too uptight ;] If you get complimented (which you probably will, have some confidence! XD), you can simply go with "gracias" or, if you want to add it is nice of her to compliment you, you can say "muy amable" and that is all, "es muy amable de su parte" is a more formal way to say it, but "muy amable" works just as well and it is easier to remember, right? ;] "Usted es muy simpática" may or may not sound flirty, but even if it does not, it is not an appropriate sentence to use in this situation, "amable" works lot better.
Hope it helped a bit and good luck with that call, you will do fine! ;]
aside from the other advice given, you can always humble out if you get complimented on your spanish and say something like I am learning spanish estoy aprendiendo español, or if you pronounce well you can say that you are currently learning spanish... Actualmente estoy aprendiendo español. This will disarm your coworker and they wont hit you with a ton of fancy words, as to not embarass you. buena suerte amigo
But that's like going up before a speech and saying, "By the way, I'm not very good at speeches so..." (which you NEVER do, if you know anything about speech). Maybe he'll do really well and she won't even think about him being a beginner. Just a thought.
true. it can go either way. I know from my experience lately, if I initiate a conversation in spanish (since my strong point is pronunciation) I give off a higher level of ability than I really have, so I have been initiating less, and if I get hit with a whole slew of unknown spanish, I fall back on the I am still learning bit, lol. I usually get complimented, and told to keep up the good work.
I completely understand!! People always overestimate how much I know based on what I can produce, but then I'm stuck staring at them when they respond.
Yes, same here. I already have a few practiced phrases to explain how I am learning Spanish, but don't know very many words yet. Basically along the lines the CattleRustler suggested.
By the way, the conversation went very well with my co-worker. I went with "encantado" and "muy amable" that Babella recommended. Thanks for everyone's comments and suggestions!