"Hola, ¿cómo te llamas?"
Translation:Hello, what is your name?
Could someone explain what is the difference between "nombre" i "llama"? When do you use "nombre" and when "llama".
Nombre is the word for name, while llamar is 'to call' so while we translate como te llamas as "what is yoir name" it literally translates as "what are you called" we are taught that it means "what is your name" as that is how the question is commonly expressed.
Its like how there is not a word for "you're welcome" but they say de nada/it's nothing which is how they express the concept, or that they don't actually say goodbye, but adios/to God, which expresses the idea of goodbye, or also hasta luego/until then expresses the idea 'see you later'
When do i use como te llama or como se llama? Ive noticed both being used but haven't caught why the shift...
¿Cómo te llamas? = What's your name? (informal) ¿Cómo se llama? = What's your name? (formal), What's his/her/its name?, or What's it called?
In what situations would you use this over "como se llama usted"? Can I use the informal "you" if I don't even know someone's name?
It's my understanding that adults will use informal language when talking to children. This could be how you would ask a lost child their name.
Yes, but it depends where in the world you're using it and to whom.
Here's a useful guide to the differences between the informal tú and formal usted:
I understand the difference between tu and usted in normal situations, but in this particular one, I was surprised that you could use the informal if you did not even know an individual's name. The commenter below provided an example that would make sense (asking a lost child their name).
in a previous lesson I learnt that "your" was "tu", why is "te" used in this example?
the translation is literally "how do you call yourself" so your isn't used in the sentence
Llamar means "to call". So the direct translation is what do you call yourself. ¿Cual/Que is tú nombre? Is more accurate as Which/what is your name?
My understanding is that "Cuál es su nombre" is only used in official settings, like at a security desk at the airport. Everywhere else, "llamarse" is used to ask a persons name
Would cómo está nombre be the same? If not what situation would nombre be used in?
When to use 'cómo re llamas' and 'cómo se llamas'? Difference between them?
if you mean como te llamas---- Como te llamas is formal and como se llamas is informal.
Interestingly, I tried "what do you call yourself?" Which in English could be a logical question and Duo marked it as incorrect.
Maybe @Duo doesn't accept that translation because that isn't what a native English speaker would say to ask someone their name, they would just ask - 'what is your name?' At the same time it isn't incomprehensible and is grammatically correct if someone asks - 'What do you call yourself?' (Maybe @Duo should accept it as an alternative as that is what it literally means & also since literally there is no 'your' in the Spanish sentence it would help clear any confusion as to why 'te' is used here instead of 'tu'?) I thought this was an interesting question.
I put "hi, what's your name?" And got it wrong...my correction was "hello, what is your name?"
Why an accent on como? It seems that all question words get accents. It's that correct and if so why?
There is a difference between como and cómo: "como" means either "I eat," or "like/as." The word "cómo" means "how?" and sometimes it is used to express incredulity - for example, in English, someone says "What?!?" someone speaking Spanish might say "¿Cómo?" I hope this helps!
dor some reason i typed hello qhat is your name but they said hiya whats your name is that a misunderstanding or did i not translate it right
I don't get it!!! I had a typo on the word what and it said I was wrong. I hate when it does that!!