How to give and ask for personal information

Who doesn't like talking about themselves? Here's how to give essential information about me, myself and I

personal information

This is the third class in our short course on Basic Spanish. In the first class we learnt how to introduce yourself in Spanish, while in the second we saw – surprise, surprise – how to introduce others.

Now, let’s take things up a notch, and look at how to ask for, and give, personal information in Spanish

Whenever we sign up for something new -a course, a new gym membership, or even when you open a bank account-, we need to give some personal information.

Or sometimes we meet someone new and we’d like to keep in touch, so we need to ask them for their contact information. Here’s how to do it in Spanish.

¿Cómo te llamas?

Here are some common questions to find out a little more about someone you’ve just met.

¿Cómo te llamas? What’s your name?
¿De dónde eres? Where are you from?
¿Cuántos años tienes? How old are you?
¿Dónde vives? Where do you live?

Now read the dialogue and find out how to answer these questions.

¿Cómo te llamas?

Me llamo Ana.

What’s your name?

My name is Ana.

¿De dónde eres?

Soy de Colombia.

Where are you from?

I’m from Colombia.

¿Cuántos años tienes?

Tengo 32 años.

How old are you?

I’m 32 years old.

¿Dónde vives?

Vivo en Medellín.

Where do you live in?

I live in Medellin.

If you want to ask your speaker the same information they’ve just asked you, you can simply add ¿Y tú? to your answer. That way you’re simply asking “And you?” and getting them to tell you the same thing they’ve just asked you.

-¿Cómo te llamas?

-Me llamo Ana. ¿Y tú?

-Soy Carlos. Encantado de conocerte. (“I’m Carlos. Nice to meet you.”)

-Encantada, Carlos.

Subject pronouns and verbs

If you look closely at the questions and their answers, you’ll notice that the subject pronouns yo (“I”) and (“you”) are missing. That’s because in Spanish it’s not necessary to include them in a sentence. Verbs are always conjugated to show each person and each tense. That way, you don’t need to use the subject pronoun in every sentence.

You only need to make sure you use the right conjugation! When you say your name, you’ll say Me llamo… But when you ask somebody their name, the form of the verb changes from me llamo to te llamas.

¿Cómo te llamas?  not  ¿Cómo me llamo?

These changes might seem small but they are extremely important. They’re the difference between yo and , i.e. the difference between talking about yourself or about the person you’re speaking to!

Yes, we all ask the same questions on our first day at university. But that’s no excuse!

Asking and giving contact details

In some situations, you might need to fill in a form or perhaps ask somebody for their contact details. There are several ways to do so.

Here are some of the most common:

¿Cuál es tu dirección?

 

What’s your address?
¿Cuál es tu número de móvil?

¿Tienes móvil?

What’s your mobile number?
¿Cuál es tu correo electrónico?

¿Tienes correo electrónico?

What’s your email address?

Real life examples

Here are some examples we’ve found on social media:

 

 

Remember the numbers in Spanish!

When giving your phone number, you’ll have to make sure you say the right numbers.

1 uno 6 seis
2 dos 7 siete
3 tres 8 ocho
4 cuatro 9 nueve
5 cinco 0 cero

However, Spaniards often give their telephone numbers in groups of two, so you’ll need to know your Spanish numbers up to 99, not just up to 9

Instead of:

  • 123 456 789

They’ll say:

  • 12 34 56 78 9

This can be tricky if you can’t distinguish between 60s and 70s.

For a quick guide to Spanish pronunciation, take a look at our Idiot’s Guide to Spanish Pronunciation.  For videos of native Spanish speakers, visit our section on Spanish phrases.

Giving your email address in Spanish

If you need to give your email address, here are some words that will come in handy:

@ arroba
guion
. punto
_  guion bajo

We’ve just learnt how to ask for personal information and contact details. We’ve also looked at numbers from 0 to 9 and some basic yet vital words related to email addresses.

Use your common sense and intuition about when to use these questions. Not everybody likes to divulge their age, for example! Also, there might be a situation where asking for a phone number may lead to a misunderstanding. But this has nothing to do with the language itself. Trust yourself and you’ll be just fine. Check out our video of native Spanish speakers talking about themselves or review our section on Spanish phrases for more real-life examples.

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About Aurora Ielpi 8 Articles

Aurora Ielpi was born in Argentina, moved to California (USA) when she was six years old and then back to Buenos Aires some years later. She didn’t speak a word of English when she first moved to America and not a word of Spanish when her family moved again down south. She is convinced that these two experiences led her to teach both languages to whoever is in a similar situation and in need of some help.