Saying your name: Je m'appelle, Tu t'appelles, Vous vous appelez

Look at these examples:

Comment tu t'appelles?
What is your name?

Comment vous vous appelez?
What is your name?

Je m'appelle Aurélie.
My name is Aurélie.

Tu t'appelles Théo.
Your name is Théo.

Vous vous appelez Monsieur Durand.
Your name is Mr Durand.

To say your name in French, you use the verb s'appeler (literally "to call oneself")

If you want to be informal, use the "tu" form.

If you need to be formal, use the "vous" form.

Note the difference in spelling between appelle / appelles and appelez

 

ATTENTION:

It's tempting to translate Je m'appelle... as I call myself... but despite this being its literal translation, this is not correct.

I call myself... implies one's real name is something else, or a choice over one's name.
-> My real name's John but I call myself / everyone calls me Jack.

In French, the equivalent of this is Je me fais appeler..., which has the same implication of choice over the name.

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources


Tu t'appelles Théo.
Your name is Théo.


Vous vous appelez Monsieur Durand.
Your name is Mr Durand.


Je m'appelle Aurélie.
My name is Aurélie.


Comment vous vous appelez?
What is your name?


Comment tu t'appelles?
What is your name?


Q&A

Praisenicole

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2019

1 reply

I hope you are well

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

17 May 2019

17/05/19

Je vais très bien et vous?

Praisenicole

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2019

1 reply

Composition about your self and family

Praisenicole

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2019

12/05/19

Je m’appelle kamoja.Je suis Kenyan.

Faithandrews

Kwiziq community member

8 March 2019

1 reply

Is there a formal way of saying she/he ( Il/Elle)?

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

18 March 2019

18/03/19

Not really. You *could* say monsieur, madame or mademoiselle to avoid saying il or elle, but it's really fine to say il and elle. If you want to speak formally TO a person, you'd of course call them vous. But when speaking to someone else about them, you can say il or elle even if you call the person vous. 

Wellinton

Kwiziq community member

15 February 2019

0 replies

0. Qui concerne les rapports ou contacts entre des civilisations différentes (13 lettres)

Someone to help me solving this? I need to answear today and i tried a lot of French dictionaries and didn't get this. 

Haloui

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2019

2 replies

Can we say her name is like this:elle t'appeller ....

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

26 January 2019

26/01/19

Hi Haloui,

It would be “Elle s’appelle”.

Haloui

Kwiziq community member

26 January 2019

26/01/19

Aa okey thank you 

Sami

Kwiziq community member

13 December 2018

1 reply

Corrigez-moi . S'il vous plaît

Je m'appelle Sami et j'habite en Egypte.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

14 December 2018

14/12/18

Correct.

Sherin

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

1 reply

how do you say i plead in french

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

27 October 2018

27/10/18

Hi Sherin,

If you mean 'to plead' as 'to implore' it would be -

ImplorerSupplier 

Je vous supplie de lui passer mon message .

In legalese you would use 'plaider' for 'to plead'-

L'accusé a plaidé non coupable The accused pleaded not guilty

Hope this helps!

marn

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

2 replies

I always learned It as “comment vous appelez vous”. Is this not correct?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

23 October 2018

23/10/18

There are different ways to pose a question in French. The one you mention is the so-called inverted form. It is considered more formal and elegant:

Comment vous appelez-vous ?

Then there is the version with est-ce que:

Comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ?

And, lastly, the most common one in normal spoken French:

Comment vous vous appelez ? Or
Vous vous appelez comment ?

 

Sherin

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

27/10/18

it is also right ....

in english you can ask what is your name? and your name please? both are right and means the same 

just like that in french both are right 

there are many ways to say something

its your wish how to present it

Philip

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

3 replies

"Vous vous appelez Laura" means:

Surely

 Your name is Laura

You call yourself Laura

means the same thing

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

Vous vous appelez Laura in French has the same function as "Your name is Laura" in English. Therefore that's the proper translation. The fact that, literally, it translates to "you call yourself Laura" in English is not really important and only confuses the issue.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

16 October 2018

16/10/18

In English, if you want to learn someone's name, you don't ask, "What do you call yourself?". However, in French you DO say, "Comment vous vous appelez?"

pokemon

Kwiziq community member

10 December 2018

10/12/18

yup its all right

Ryan

Kwiziq community member

12 October 2018

3 replies

I still don’t get it

When do you use “appelez”

Chris

Kwiziq community member

13 October 2018

13/10/18

When the subject is 2nd person plural (vous), the verb form is appelez. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

13 October 2018

13/10/18

Hi Ryan,

The verb 'appeler quelqu'un' is not reflexive when it means to call someone, unlike 's'appeler' which is 'to be called'.

Appelez Marie tout de suite!Call Marie straight away!

Appelez in this instance is the Imperative 'vous' form of the verb 'Appeler'.

Hope this helps!

Ryan

Kwiziq community member

14 October 2018

14/10/18

Thank you Chris and Cécile
Getting that for you now.