How do you spell your name?

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by GeminiAngela, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. GeminiAngela New Member

    Singapore, English
    I am currently trying my best to translate my English script into French. I am horrible in my grammer.
    I am stuck with this phrase : How do you spell your name?
    It is a in a context where I meet this new friend in school, and I ask her how would I spell her name.
    Hope this is helpful...
  2. StefKE

    StefKE Senior Member

    French - Belgium
    Well, it depends on how it comes in the conversation:

    - Comment tu t'appelles ? - (What's your name)
    - (Je m'appelle) XXX. - (My name's XXX)
    - Comment ça s'écrit ? - (How is it spelled ?)

    Or you can say 'Comment on écrit ton nom ?'. or 'Comment ton nom s'écrit-il ?' which may seem formal and not very natural.
  3. wildan1

    wildan1 Moderando ma non troppo (French-English, CC Mod)

    ou plus littéralement, Épelle-moi ton nom, s'il te plaît (épeler = to spell)
  4. DearPrudence

    DearPrudence Dépêche Mod (AL mod)

    French (lower Normandy)
    It sounds like a natural dialogue. Personally, I know I would say:
    "Et ça s'écrit comment ?"
    "Et tu écris ça comment ?"
    (more colloquial)

    "Tu peux l'épeler ton nom, s'il te plaît ?" is another possibility but a very literal translation just doesn't sound quite right.

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