I am a non-native English speaker.
While making a phone call, I should say, "This is Julie Park." That is what my English text book says.
But when I am sending an email, what should I say?
1) This is Julie Park
2) I am Julie Park....
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Emails are not like phone calls; they are more like letters.
With email, the recipient can see your email address or, in some cases, your name before reading the email. (For a letter, you would add a return address on the envelope.)
Just like with letter writing, it is typical to sign your name at the very bottom of an email. If you enable the option to automatically add a signature (which most email apps have), it will be added at the bottom.
The exact way you sign will depend on context.
If you're writing an informal email, you might write only your first name, first initial, or not include a signature at all. Chances are, your friends recognize your email. With informal email, you have a lot of freedom all around, but most people will expect a signature to be at the end (if you include one).
I also don't bother writing my name (or anything much) if I'm sending emails during a conversation with the person. Usually this comes up when working on separate computers, and a file needs to be transferred.
There are two different levels of formal email, at least in my mind.
If it's more casual, such as an email from me to my professor, I will sign it with just my name at the bottom (and I also exclude the "Dear" at the beginning). I may or may not sign my last name, depending on how well they know me (since my name is unique).
In a really formal email, such as one to a company with a job application, I sign with some variant of:
You can read more about formal email writing here.
I write for my student paper at my university, and so I often have to email professors to ask them to speak with me. Since professors are busy people, I like to introduce myself first so they know what the context of the email is. I already have to say "I'm a writer for [our student paper]," so I introduce my name at the same time.
The most colloquial way, I feel (as an AmE) speaker, is to start off
My name is Azor-Ahai, and I'm a writer for [our student paper] ...
It gives a little bit of context and personalizes the email, but your situation will depend on who you're writing to, and at what level of formality. Do they know who you are? For a "cold call," an up-front introduction might be best, but emailing a person you regularly work with wouldn't require it.