Vietnamese Phrases: Making Friends

    When you meet someone it is natural to ask their name and where they are from, as these are great ice breakers. Please note though there are some differences between Vietnamese and Western cultures that may come as a surprise!

     

    Basic Greetings

    Hello

    Xin chào

    Hi

    Chào

    How are you?

    Bạn có khỏe không?

    Fine. And you?

    Khỏe. Còn bạn thì sao?

    I am happy

    Tôi vui

    I am sick

    Tôi bệnh

    I am tired

    Tôi mệt

    What's your name?

    Bạn tên gì?

    My name's John

    Tôi tên là John

    It's lovely to meet you

    Rất vui được gặp bạn.

    Where are you from?

    Bạn từ đâu đến?

    I am from England

    Tôi đến từ nước Anh.

    France

    Pháp

    America

    Mỹ

    Australia

    Úc

    Spain

    Tây Ban Nha

    Canada

    Canada

    Japan

    Nhật

    Korea

    Hàn Quốc

    China

    Trung Quốc

    Goodbye

    Tạm biệt

    See you later

    Hẹn gặp lại

    Goodnight

    Chúc ngủ ngon

     

     

    Age

    In Vietnam it is also perfectly normal and polite to ask someone's age, as for the Vietnamese to be polite it is very important to know someone's age know how to address someone correctly, so please don't be offended if someone asks your age and don't be afraid to ask somebody else's.

     

    If you feel a little put out by the question, just remember - in Vietnam the older and wiser you are the higher your status and the more respected you are - people are only asking so they can show you the appropriate level of respect and reverence.

     

    How much / how many

    Bao Nhiêu

    How old are you?

    Em/Anh/Chị bao nhiêu tuổi?

    I am 23 years old

    Tôi là hai mươi ba tuổi

    He is 46 years old

    Anh ấy là bốn mươi sáu tuổi

     

    Money

    Likewise, despite the taboo nature of directly asking someone's salary in the West, in Vietnam it is a perfectly normal question and in no way impolite. If you do not wish to answer you may demur but please do not take offense should the question arise, as the person asking will have no idea it could make you feel uncomfortable.

     

    Family

    The family is held in very high regard in Vietnam, and so people will be delighted if you take an interest in theirs, and eager to know about your own family back at home. They will be even more delighted to meet them, and love to see families travelling together.

    Family

    Gia đình

    Parents

    Ba m

    Mother

    M

    Family

    Gia đình

    Brother (older)

    Anh trai

    Brother (younger)

    Em trai

    Sister (older)

    Ch gái

    Sister (younger)

    Em gái

    Children

    Con

    Do you have any brothers or sisters?

    Bn có anh ch em không?

    Yes, I have an older brother and younger sister.

    Vâng, tôi có mt anh trai và mt em gái

    Do you have any children?

    Bn có con không?

    Yes, I have a little boy and two girls

    Vâng, tôi có 1 cu con trai nh và hai con gái.

    How many people are there in your family?

    Có bao nhiêu ngưi trong gia đình bn?

    Where do your parents live?

    Ba m n sng đâu?

     

     

    Marriage & Relationships

    It is common for people in Vietnam to marry young, and highly unusual for couples to live together before marriage, so you may find when travelling people assume you are married or find it unusual if you are not - particularly if you are over twenty five. Boyfriend and girlfriend suggest a casual relationship so if you are with a long term unmarried partner you may find it easier to state you are married, particularly in more rural, traditional areas.

     

    Boyfriend

    Bạn trai

    Girlfriend

    Bạn gái

    This is my boyfriend

    Đây là bạn trai của tôi

    Wife

    Vợ

    Husband

    Chồng

    Are you married yet?

    Bạn đã kết hôn chưa?

    Yes, for three years already

    Có, được ba năm rồi

    We are engaged

    Chung tôi đã đính hôn

    When is your wedding?

    Khi nào bạn đám cưới?

    Next year

    Năm Sau

    We are on our honeymoon

    Chúng tôi đang hưởng tuần trăng mật