At the beginning of the IELTS Speaking test the examiner will ask for your name. Just state your real full name or say something like “My name is Chow Xin Xin, but you can call me Stephen.” However, if the examiner asks you a question about your name, you must be ready to respond. In this post, I’m going to give you some useful expressions for talking about your name.
Meaning and origin
If the examiner asks whether your name has a special meaning, you can use an expression like in the examples below:
- It’s Korean for “beautiful sunshine”.
- As far as I know, it comes from the Latin word for “sun”.
- It doesn’t have any special meaning.
If you use an English name and the examiner asks something like “How can I address you?”, you can say something like:
- You can call me Stephen.
- My English name is Stephen.
- People call me Mike.
If you want to say that your name is the short version of a longer name, you can say something like:
- My name is short for ‘Frederick’.