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"My name is ..." and "I am ..." What is the difference between "My name is Jo Okazaki" and "I am Jo Okazaki" . Which is formal way? Which should I use? Please teach me in Japanese or simple English. Thank you for your cooperation. ごめんなさい、英語が下手なので日本語で補足します。 "My name is ..." は英語が母語である方が聞くと堅苦しくて慇懃無礼に感じるということを聞きました。これは本当でしょうか?どういう状況でどちらを使うべきか教えてほしいです。 ここまで読んでいただきありがとうございました。ご協力よろしくお願いします。
May 6, 2016 10:23 AM
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Either can be used in any situation. Remember that in English we do not have clear rules for "formal" vs "informal." You could use either in a bank or a bar. There may be a distinction in a dictionary somewhere, but finding it wouldn't do much for you.
May 6, 2016
Well...the 'formal' way would be 'My name is Jo Okazaki' and this could be used in a reply to questions such as, 'What is your name?' or 'Could you tell me your name?' 'I am Jo Okazaki.' is also usable in the same situations as above but also could be used in situations where let's say, you are at a party and someone comes and asks you, 'I am looking for Jo Okazaki. Do you know them?' You could respond with, 'I am Jo Okazaki. Can I help you?' But again you can just as easily use, 'My name is Jo Okazaki. Can I help you?' They are both interchangeable.
May 6, 2016
I apologize for making you feel uncomfortable.
May 6, 2016
This is very embarrassing.
May 6, 2016
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