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Ik heet vs Mijn naam is

I'm a tad confused. Is there a difference between these two sentences which both mean "my name is" or do they each have their own place such as being asked what your name and responding is vs just saying what your name is

2 years ago

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ceweeda
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'Ik heet' is the normal way to introduce yourself in Dutch. 'Mijn naam is' is a bit formal and old-fashioned.

Ik heet trouwens Colete.

2 years ago

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Ah, I see! So either works, but most people (younger people) would say Ik heet?

2 years ago

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ceweeda
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Yes. And - to make it complete - you can also say 'Ik ben ...'

2 years ago

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In addition the the above, it's pretty much the difference between "I am called..." (ik heet) vs. "My name is...." (mijn naam is). Then, "Ik ben..." (I am...)

2 years ago

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I think that it's also about a personal preference. The difference is tiny. In a situation when you sit around the table with strangers and you are asked to say a few words about yourself one by one, I would personally choose "Mijn naam is" to start off with. In other situations I would use "Ik ben". I cannot recall the last time I used "Ik heet" but it is also fine to say that.

2 years ago
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