so you say "me llama " ... "i call myself " : crazypiggy12
Just to point out that it should be "me llam
o" for "I call myself" ("my name is"). "me llam
a" has a 3rd person verb form, so it means that someone else is doing the calling e.g
Mi mamá me llama por teléfono — My mother calls me...
Me llama 'gordito' para fastidiarme — He/she calls me...
Todos me llaman Paquito, pero me llamo Francisco Javier Álvarez de Campos Guttiérrez del Olmo — Everyone calls me Paquito but my name is ... Tres comedias baratas by Jose Quintano Ruiz (Google Books)
me llamo" (like the French, "Je m'appelle", Italian "mi chiamo") literally means "I call myself" and is a way of saying what your name is.
I think you could say "me llaman" ("they call me") as we might do in English: "They call me 'Jelly' 'cause my name's Bean". eg
Me llaman Mister Tibbs! (They call me Mister Tibbs)
This is such a good thread to read through. It's like you are in a class, all of you, and the ones who are ahead, or more experienced, or native speakers weigh in with answers, explanations, examples. I LOVE this aspect. Wish I had more time to read them all. I learn something from every one I read.
"el" does not mean "his".
As you have written it, and as in this exercise, without an accent, it is a definite article, "the".
"su" is a possessive adjective: "es su libro" = "it's his book".
As well as "his" it could mean "her", "its", "their" or "your" (polite singular or plural).
"él", with an accent, is a pronoun meaning "he/it" or "him/it" (after prepositions).
In combination with "de" ie "de él" it can be used to express possession: "El libro no es
de él sino
de ella" = "The book isn't his but hers".
As such, I think it is emphatic, contrastive or used to disambiguate a sentence where it might not be clear, given the various possible meanings, who a third person possessive is connected with.
If I am wrong on any point, I'm sure other, wiser heads, will correct me.
The drop down menu for the question says that "el" means "the", or "him" or "her". So far as I know, it only means "the". But having it in the drop down menu, I think that's why people are asking about "his" or "her". Is there ever a context where, in Spanish, one might say "el nombre", where in English we might say "his (or her) name"? If not, then "his" and "her" should be dropped from the drop down menu, it only confuses things.