Basic Vietnamese phrases for greetings

NInh Binh Vietnam Class Ecoway

At the very least, if you are planning to spend a bit of time in Vietnam, you should get familiar with these common Vietnamese phrases as you will be able to use them very frequently during your time here.

Our Tour Guide at Ecoway Travel – Ninh Binh Luxury tours will teach you some basic Vietnamese, we make sure it will be very helpful when you are in Vietnam even when you meet any Vietnamese anywhere in the world.

  • Hello = Xin Chao (Sin chow)
  • How are you? = Ban Khoe Khong (Ban Kwe Khom)
  • Thank you = Cam on (kahm uhn)
  • Sorry = Xin Loi (Sin Loy)
  • No Problem = Khong co gi (Khong koh zi)
  • Goodbye = Tam Biet (Tarm Byeet)
  • No, Thank You! = Khong! Cam On (Khom, kahm uhn)
  • Can you speak English? = Ban noi tieng anh duoc khong? (Banh noi thien an durkh khom)
  • How old are you? = Ban bao nhieu tuoi (Ban ban nyew twoi)
  • I am __ years old = Toi ___ tuoi (toy ___ doyy)
  • What is your name? = Ten ban la gi?  (Ten bang la zi)
  • My name is ___ =  Ten toi la ___ (Ten toy la ___)
  • I love you = Toi Yeu em —(Toy Yew em)
  • I love Ninh Binh = Toi yeu Ninh Binh— (Toy Yew Nin Binh)

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  • 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)

*One of the most cheeky but effective tips to have best the price is to ask how they are and compliment them. Vietnamese love visitors to compliment them, so if you say something like Em dep qua – “you are beautiful”, they often provide the best prices.

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