Useful Phrases in Vietnamese

As Vietnamese is a tonal language (with six different tones), the particular tone used determines the meaning of a word. As the same word can mean many different things depending on the tone it is a difficult language to grasp but the locals will certainly appreciate your efforts!

The following words and phrases are spelled phonetically to help you with pronunciation.

Popular phrases:

  • Hello>> sin chow
  • Goodbye >> chow, tam bi-ait
  • Excuse me (sorry) >> sin looee
  • Please >> lam on
  • Thank you >> gum urn
  • Yes >> vung (when spoken in the north), roi(in the south)
  • No >>kom
  • Excuse me >> sin loy
  • How much? >>bough new?
  • Tea >> cha
  • Coffee >>café
  • Water >> nook
  • Beer >>bia
  • I don’t understand >> toy kom beet

Numbers in Vietnamese:

  • 1 >> mot
  • 2 >> hai
  • 3 >> ba
  • 4 >> bon
  • 5 >> numb
  • 6 >> sow
  • 7 >> buy
  • 8 >> tum
  • 9 >> chin
  • 10 >> moo-ee
  • 11 >> moo-ee mot
  • 12 >> moo-eehai
  • 20 >> hai moo-ee
  • 30 >> ba moo-ee
  • 100 >> mot tram
  • 1000 – mot ngan
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