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French translation: Comment tu t'appelles? Quel est votre nom?

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13:23 Aug 23, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: What is your name?
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Shanon
French translation:Comment tu t'appelles? Quel est votre nom?
Explanation:
Also: Quel est ton nom?

depend on the context

bonne chance! :-)

Corinne

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Summary of answers provided
naComment vous-appelez-vous? Comment t'appelles-tu?letty
nawhoops! correction!
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naComment vous appelez-vous? Comment t'appelles?
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naComment tu t'appelles? Quel est votre nom?Corinne
na"Quel est votre nom?"
Letspeak


  

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12 mins
"Quel est votre nom?"


Explanation:
If you do not need to be formal, you could also say: "Quel est ton nom?"

Hope this translation will help you out!


    Allen @ www.letspeak.com
Letspeak
United States
Local time: 17:39
Native speaker of: Native in Haitian-CreoleHaitian-Creole
PRO pts in pair: 19

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17 mins
Comment tu t'appelles? Quel est votre nom?


Explanation:
Also: Quel est ton nom?

depend on the context

bonne chance! :-)

Corinne



Corinne
France
Local time: 23:39
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in pair: 9

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40 mins
Comment vous appelez-vous? Comment t'appelles?


Explanation:
The first one is in formal contexts, viz. you are meeting the person for the first time, the person to whom you are speaking is a hierarchical superior (whether in a work or a family or other social context).

A bit more detail :-

Business contexts : you would almost certainly use "vous" forms when addressing your boss. In trendy contexts, this would either not happen at the outset, or he/she would very soon suggest that the "tu" form be used. Outside business contacts would expect this form to be used.

Social contexts : friends, colleagues (on the same rung of the work ladder), students, sportsmen and women all use "tu" forms from the word go, or almost immediately. Adults addressing children (known or unknown) do too. Children take some time (nowadays) to use the "vous" form with adults, although they ought really to use it. (My husband "vous-ed" his parents, unusual now!) When I worked in sailloft here for a while, it was "tu" in both directions from the boss, which seemed odd in fact. Otherwise, when teaching in a college, I used "tu" to pupils, which was the school's policy. They "vous-ed" me. When lecturing at university level later, "vous" was used all round.

These are not rules, guidelines really. As a general rules, start with "vous" and when the French native is ready, "tu" will be suggested when appropriate.

Have fun,

Nikki


    Visiting France since 1977, lived here in 1981-82 and since 1991...
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 23:39
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 882

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42 mins
whoops! correction!


Explanation:
Comment t'appelles tu?

Nikki Scott-Despaigne
Local time: 23:39
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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4 hrs
Comment vous-appelez-vous? Comment t'appelles-tu?


Explanation:
Quel est votre nom? Quel est ton nom?

letty
United States
Local time: 16:39
PRO pts in pair: 4
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