Getting acquainted with new people

In one of the previous lessons we were talking about introductions: how to say your name and age in Russian. Now we're going to learn how to ask someone's name, age and country/city. We will also learn some new expressions and words about making acquaintance. 

Давайте знакомиться (Let's get acquainted)!

This is a good phrase for starting conversation in a group. For example, there are some people who don't know each other and they need to get acquainted. One of them can simply say давайте знакомиться or давайте познакомимся (means the same thing). 

If you meet someone new, you don't need to use this phrase. It sounds a little officially. You can just say: 

Привет! Меня зовут Джон. А тебя? (Hi! My name is John. And yours?)
Привет! Я Джон. А тебя как зовут? (Hi! I'm John. And what's your name?) 

These basic phrases are suitable for informal situations. Which phrases do we use in formal situations? Here they are:

Здравствуйте. Меня зовут Джон. А Вас?
Don't forget to add приятно познакомиться or очень приятно (nice to meet you) to show that you are really glad to meet this person.

Sometimes we need to ask the age of the person we are talking to. There are two ways of asking someone's age in Russian:

Сколько тебе лет? (informal)
Сколько Вам лет? (formal)

The question "Откуда ты (Вы)?" (Where are you from?) is very popular if you're talking to a person from another country or city.

In conclusion, I'd like to give you a good example of how people get acquainted in Russia. There is a dialogue below:

- Привет! Ты теперь будешь учиться с нами? (Hi! Are you going to study with us?)
- Привет. Да. (Hey. Yes, I am.)
- Меня Ира зовут. А тебя? (My name is Ira. And yours?)
- Меня - Оксана. (Mine is Oksana.)
- Очень приятно. (Nice to meet you.)
- Мне тоже. (Mee too.)
- А откуда ты? (And where are you from?)
- Из Челябинска. (From Chelyabinsk.)

Let's get acquainted in the comment section. What's your name? Where are you from? I'll be glad to meet new people here.