If you want to have a great trip to Vietnam, I think you should learn a few common Vietnamese words before traveling to Vietnam. For example, hello and thank you in Vietnamese.
This will help you interacting with local people and making a trip to Vietnam more fun. But trust me when I say that even when you speak with no tone, the locals will love you for your effort.
1. Hello 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 the word “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. If the person is your age, you can say “Chao Ban” to a man and “Chao Em” to a woman. if it’s a group of people, say “Chao Cac Ban” pronounced “Chow Cak Boan.”
Besides, Vietnamese people also have a few Vietnamese phrases that mean the same as Hello/Hi, such as:
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. 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. Detailed instructions on how to say thank you in Vietnamese will present in the next section.
2. 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
To use the correct personal pronoun after the word “Came on”, you need to determine. Is the person talking to you male or female, and what age are they?
If the person talking with you an 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 looks the same age as you, say “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. We hope these phrases and advice can help you break the ice and get closer to the Vietnamese People.
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