Friday, July 24, 2009


Has this ever happened to you?

The other day I was with friends (English-speaking friends) and someone I had never met before joined us. She knew a few in our group and she said hello to them first and before my friends could introduce me, she turned to me and said, "Hello, my name is so-and-so, who are you?" It was said delightfully, you know, one adult to another but I totally choked on my words. Usually I'm with my kids or my husband and I'll say, "I'm Emi's mom" or "I'm Chikara's wife". Even introducing myself in Japanese is easy because there's form for that. Everyone in Japan introduces themselves the same way. I did manage to mumble my name out and I'm sure she didn't notice anything unusual but I felt like an idiot. Has it really been that long since I introduce myself to another English-speaking person? Grrr.

While I was reading one of my favorite blogs this morning, there was a post about appearing more confident at work and one of the points was about introducing yourself. It said simply to say, "Hi, my name is Sarah (my last name - not gonna write it here)" and then stop. Nothing else. Hopefully I can remember to do that the next time the opportunity arises.