Vãi is “very” in Vietnamese. But, the more fun slang is to say “Vãi đái”, which is like “so f**king awesome”.
“Ối giời ơi”, or just “giời ơi” is pronounced like “zoi oi”. It means “Oh my God!” or “Oh Heavens!” in Vietnamese. People love to hear it.
Đi đi mau translates to “go go, quickly!” in Vietnamese, like “Let’s go!” in English, or “Hurry up! Let’s move!”
Uncle and Aunt are polite words used to refer to elder strangers, like “sir”/ “madam”. However, Vietnamese has more than 6 words for aunt & uncle.
When Vietnamese men are drinking, their version of “Cheers!” is: Một, hai, ba, dô! which translates to “one, two, three, go!”
Tôi không hiểu – Two of the most useful expressions in Vietnamese are I don’t understand and I don’t know.
Dương is not pronounced with a “d”. It is pronounced like zoo-ung in North Vietnam, and like yoo-ung in South Vietnam.
Good bye is Tạm biệt in Vietnamese. The challenge for English speakers is to not say it with a joyful high-pitch intonation, but with a down-tone
In Vietnamese, adjectives come after nouns, e.g. “man tall” instead of “tall man”. We discuss word-order, superlatives and comparatives like “better than” and “as good as”.
Vietnamese has many different way of saying “yes”, just Like in English when you say “yes sir” to someone older, and “yah” to someone younger. Vietnamese has có, ừ, dạ, vâng and more.
How to say “You have beautiful ears” or “Hello beautiful” or “Want to have dinner?” — flirtatious phrases in Vietnamese that make women smile
Cảm ơn sounds somewhat like “gam un”, including a clear articulation that separates the two words. Không có gì means “you’re welcome”.
There are many ways to say “beautiful”, “cute”, “handsome”, “hot” in Vietnamese. Xinh quá for pretty women; đẹp trai quá for handsome men. Nóng Bỏng is for a sexy man/woman.
Một, hai, ba,… Numbers are easy in Vietnamese. They use arabic numerals like the West. The ordering of numbers is similar to English.
Một Hai Ba is Vietnamese for One Two Three. It is approximately pronounced like “Mut” (down-tone) “Hi” (as in Hi!) “Ba” (like a sheep). Audio lessons included.
The Vietnamese word “ấy” is a versatile and useful word in Vietnam. It is like the English catch-all word “thing”. But, it also has a lot of other uses.
The most common Anglicized pronunciation of the Vietnamese family-name Ngô is “No/Know”. However, the correct pronunciation requires some careful study of the VIetnamese “ng” sound.
The Vietnamese word Nha is like the Vietnamese equivalent of the Canadian “… eh?” or “… okay?” It transform an imperative statement into a question. It is cute and casual.
The meaning, pronunciation, and history behind Vietnam’s most popular family, such as Nguyễn, Ngô, Hồ, Trần, Dương and more, including Audio.
If you want vegetarian food at a Vietnamese restaurant, just say “Ăn chay“, which is Vietnamese for “I am vegetarian”. Vietnam is great for Vegetarians.