If you want to have a great trip to Vietnam, I think you should learn a few typical Vietnamese phases before backpacking through Vietnam. For example, hello and thank you in Vietnamese.
1. How To Say Hello / Hi in Vietnamese
“Xin Chao” is one of the words that tourists need to learn before traveling to Vietnam. Usually, in daily communication, Vietnamese people often use the word “Chao,” and they only use “Xin Chao” on informal occasions or when speaking at events and conferences.
For the locals to feel interested and happy with your greeting, you should use the following structure:
Chao (pronounced: “Chow”) + Pronoun
To use pronouns appropriately in conversation, you will need to guess whether the other person is younger, the same age, or older than you. If it is an elderly person who looks old, say “Chao bac”; if the person seems middle-aged, you can say “Chao Chu” to men and “Chao Co” to women.
You can say “Chao Ban” to a man and “Chao Em” to a woman with someone the same age. For a group of people, say “Chao Cac Ban” pronounced “Chow Cak Boan.“
Common Vietnamese Phrases Mean Same As Hello / Hi
Long time no see | Lau Ngay Khong Gap
How are you? | Ban The Nao?
Have you eaten yet? | Bạn An Com Chua?
Nice to meet you | Rat Vui Duoc Gap Ban
There are a few things that you should know more than Vietnamese people do not have the habit of saying good morning; they only say goodnight to each other in the evening; if you want to say goodnight in Vietnamese, you can say “Chuk Ngu Ngon”. Also, when starting a cell phone conversation, Vietnamese people often say A Lo rather than Xin Chao or Chao.
After saying hello, you can ask the person about the problem, you need help with, such as asking for directions. To end the conversation, you should say thank you. The following section will present detailed instructions on saying thank you in Vietnamese.
2. How To Say Thank You in Vietnamese
Say thank you in Vietnamese will help you show your gratitude, and if you pronounce “cam on” correctly, it will impress them. Same like how to say hello in Vietnamese; you will need to use the following structure:
Cam On (pronounced: “kahm um”) + Pronoun
It would help determine to use the correct personal pronoun after the word “Came on”. Is the person talking to you male or female, and what age are they?
If the person opposite you looks old, you can say “Cam On Bac”; if it’s a middle-aged person, you should say “Cam On Chu” to men and say “Cam On Co” to women if the person opposite you looks the same age as you, tell “Cam on Ban” to men and “Cam On Em” to women.
Besides, if you want to emphasize your gratitude, same like thank you very much, you can say “Cam On + Pronoun + Rat Nhieu” (pronounced: “kahm um boan zat nhiu”). Usually, after receiving a thank you from you. Vietnamese people will smile and say Khong Co Gi, and this sentence is equivalent to the ruling: there isn’t any problem.
Vietnamese people are amiable and will be very impressed if you can speak Vietnamese. As a traveler, you can use a combination of verbal and body language to communicate better. I hope after reading this article, you can say hello and thank you in Vietnamese fluently