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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MykeDeWolf

Mijn naam is vs Ik heet

What would be more appropriate when introducing yourself to someone in Dutch? I’ve seen both from different sources.

March 22, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/El2theK

Either. Arguably ik heet is more common.

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rayke1

You can use both, but I think you'll use 'Ik heet' more.

March 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Holandsky_Honza

In order of most commonly used (IMO), while shaking hands, you say:

a) "Hallo, [Your Name]." Formal, before business meetings or slightly informal. b) "Hallo/Hoi, ik ben [Your Name]." Slightly formal or informal: parties, pubs, introducing between friends. c) "Hallo, mijn naam is [Your Name]." Usually when introducing in a group, one by one.

I never use "Ik heet" and can't remember when I heard it the last time. I think young children use it and you can use it in groups when you introduce yourself, the same as in c).

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dkenneth

Same. When I'm writing, chatting, ... I tend to use 'ik heet' but I almost always use 'ik ben (naam)' when I'm in an informal situation, and so do most people I know.

March 28, 2018
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