Basic Vietnamese Phrases



    Simplest Phrases

    At the very minimum it is important to at least know how to say 'Hello' and 'Thank you' - it takes moments to learn yet can make a big impression, as you will already know more than 90% of travellers arriving in Vietnam

     

    Hello

    Xin chào

    Goodbye

    Tm bit

    Thank You

    Cám ơn

     



    I am sorry

    Xin lỗi

    No problem.

    Không sao

     

     

    Addressing people

    For Vietnamese people it is important to use the correct form of address than signifies your age and relationship to the person you are speaking to. In general, when talking to someone younger than you you may call them 'Em', or if you think you are younger than them you may call yourself 'Em' and use a range of pronouns based on the other person's gender and age.

     

    As a traveller however it is acceptable to 'cheat' and use a generic 'Tôi' for 'I' and 'Ban' for 'Friend', rather than finding the correct form of address - this is not disrespectful and will help you make yourself understood.

     

    I, me

    Tôi

    I am

    Tôi là

    You

    Bạn

    She, her

    Cô ấy

    He, him

    Anh ấy

    They, them

    Họ

    We, us

    Chúng ta

    It

 

Basic Vocabulary

You may find some of the following vocabulary useful for forming simple sentences:



Like

Thích

Want

Muốn

Eat

Ăn

Drink

Uống

Like to eat

Thích ăn

I like to eat

Tôi thích ăn

What

Cái gì

What do you like to eat?

Bạn thích ăn cái gì?

I'm hungry

Tôi đói (bụng)

I'm thirsty

Tôi khát nước

 



I am sorry

Xin lỗi

No problem.

Không sao

What is this?

Cái này là cái gì?

Where is the nearest internet shop?

Gần đây có internet không?

Where is the post office?

Bưu điện ở đâu?

Where is the ATM?

ATM ở đâu?

Yesterday

Hôm qua

Today

Hôm nay

Tomorrow

Ngày mai

To go

Đi

Bus

Xe Buýt

Station

Ga

I am going to the bus station

Tôi đi ga xe buýt