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Vietnamese For Dummies

Vietnam is a country with a language barriage so do not expect that Vietnamese speak English very well. It can be more exciting because you can try to learn a new language. Let us help you with some basics! 

General words

  • Hello → Xin chao (Sin chow)
  • Yes → Vang 
  • No → Khong (khon) 
  • Sorry → Xin Loi (sin loy)
  • Good → Tot
  • Bad → Khong tot 
  • Too much → Mac qua (ma kwa) 
  • Thank you → Cam on (kahm uhn)
  • Hot → Nong 
  • Cold → Lanh 
  • Coffee → Ca phe 
  • Tea → Tra
  • Beer → Bia 
  • Cheers → Cum ly 
  • Where? → O dau?
  • No problem → Khong co gi (khong koh zi) 
  • No, thank you → Khong, cam on (khon, kahm uhn)
  • Goodbye → Tam Biet (tarm byeet) 
  • I don’t know → Toi Khong Biet

Basic numbers

  • 1 → Mot (mobh) 
  • 2 → Hai 
  • 3 → ba 
  • 4 → bon (bumh)
  • 5 → Nam
  • 6 → Sau
  • 7 → Bay
  • 8 → Tam 
  • 9 → Chin
  • 10 → Muoi

Greeting people

  • How are you? → Ban Khoe Khong (Ban Kwe Khom) 
  • What is your name? → Ten ban la gi? (ten ban la zi)
  • My name is .. → Ten toi la ..
  • How old are you? → Ban bao nhieu tuoi (banh nio doeoi an durkh khom)
  • I am .. years old → Toi … tuoi (toy … doyy)
  • I am from… → Toi den tu…
  • Nice to meat you → Rat viu duoc gap ban

Addressing people 

  • I → Toi
  • You → Ban
  • Female (junior) → Em
  • Female (senior) → Chi
  • Male (junior) → Em 
  • Male (senior) → Anh 

Directions 

  • Go straight → Di Thang (Di Thaang)
  • Go left → Re Trai (Se chai) 
  • Go right → Re Phai (Se fih) 
  • Stop → Dung Lai (dung laai) 
  • How far is it? → Bao xa (bao seh) 
  • Far → xa (seh) 
  • Downtown → Trung Tam thanh pho (trumh tam tan fo) 
  • Bus stop → Tram xe bus (tram seh butt) 
  • Wait 5 minutes → Cho nam phut (churhn nam foot) 
  • Station → Ga 
  • Go to the airport → Di san bay (di sun bay) 
  • Can I have a map → Cho toi mot cai ban do (chor toi mot cai ban dor) 
  • Where is the ATM → May rut tien ATM o dau? (may root tien ATM urn dole) 

Shopping

  • How much? → Bao nhieu (baow nyew)
  • Too expensive → Mac Qua (mac wa) 
  • Can you reduce the price? → Giam gia duoc khong? (zam za duoc khom)
  • Do you want to sell? → co ban khong? (cor ban kohm?) 
  • I want to buy = toi muon mua (Toi mu-on mua)
  • One size larger = mot size lon hon ( Mot size lunh hunh)
  • One size smaller = mot size nho hon (Mot size nyunh hunh)
  • What do you do? = Ban lam gi? (Ban lahm zi?)
  • You are very beautiful = Em dep qua (Em dep wah)
  • You are very handsome = Anh dep trai qua (Anh dep wah)

Sizes and color

  • Small → Nho (n-yor)
  • Medium → Vua (vurh)
  • Large → Lon (lungh) 
  • Less → It (eet) 
  • More → Them (temh) 
  • Long → Dai (yai)
  • Short → Ngan (nhang) 
  • Blue → Xanh duong (san yoong) 
  • Red → Do (dorh) 
  • Yellow → Vang 

Restaurants or coffee shops

  • Excuse me (to waitress) = Chi oi
  • Excuse me (to waiter) = Anh oi
  • I am hungry = Toi doi bung qua (Toi doi bhung wa)
  • What is it? = Cai gi vay? (kai zi vai)
  • The bill please = Tinh Tien (Din ting)
  • May I have the menu = cho toi cai menu duoc khong (cho toy khai menu duuc khom)
  • I am allergic to peanut = To di ung voi dau phong (Doi yi ung voy dau fong)
  • I can not eat pork = toi khong an duoc thit heo (Toi khom an duo tit hehll)
  • I am vegetarian = Toi an chay (Toi an chayh)
  • I would like to have this = cho toi cai nay ( Chor toi kah nai)
  • Chicken = Ga (Gar)
  • Rice = Com (Gurm)
  • Rice Noodle = Bun (Bumg)
  • Egg noodle = Mi (Mee)
  • Pork = Heo (Heyoh)
  • Beer = Bia
  • Beef = Bo (boh)
  • Cold = Lanh (Langh)
  • Hot = Nong
  • No Ice = Khong da (Khom dar)
  • No sugar = Khong duong (Khom dueng)
  • 1 more = them 1 cai (tem mop kai)

Emergency 

  • I need to see a doctor = toi can gap bac si (toy can gap back szi)
  • I am sick = Toi bi benh (Toy bee benh)
  • I need to go to the hospital = Toi can di benh vien (Toy can di ben vien)
  • I had food poisoning = Toi bi ngo dau thuc an (Toy bee nyo doc thuch an)
  • I was robbed = Toi bi cuop (Toi bee cuoop)
  • Call the police = Goi cach sat (Goi gang sack)
  • Help me = Cuu toi voi (Coo toy vuyh)