• Vietnamese course for beginners A1
  • 1 The Vietnamese alphabet
  • 2 How to pronounce Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 3 Vietnamese keyboard and how to write accents
  • 4 How to introduce yourself in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 5 Vietnamese greetings [0/2]
  • 6 Vietnamese personal pronouns [0/2]
  • 7 How to talk about the weather in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 8 Counting numbers in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 9 Telling the time in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 10 Days, months and seasons in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 11 Learn the Vietnamese colours [0/2]
  • 12 Getting directions in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 13 How to write country names in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 14 How to name body parts in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 15 Foods and drinks in Vietnamese [0/2]
  • 16 Vietnamese sayings (life, love and new year) [0/2]
  • Whether you are an expat living in Vietnam or just visiting on vacation, it is always useful to know some useful phrases to ask for directions. It can help you to find the way to the main attractions. Being in an unknown city, you can easily get lost and miss the very things you hoped to see. In order to avoid this dilemma, we will not only teach you how to ask for directions in Vietnamese but also how to understand the directions given.


    How to ask for directions

    In this table you can find some phrases to ask and respond to questions about directions/

    English Vietnamese
    Excuse me, could you please tell me the way to the airport? Chị ơi! Chị làm ơn cho hỏi dường nào đi ra sân bay?
    Where is the train station? Ga xe lửa đi lối nào?
    You go straight this way and turn right at the intersection. Cô đi thẳng đường này, đến ngã tư rẽ tay phải.

    Is the post office far away?

    Bưu điện cách dây có xa không?

    No, it's about 5 minutes by foot. Không, đi bộ mất khoảng 5 phút.
    We are lost.

    Chúng tôi bị lạ đường.

    I am looking for ... 

    Tôi đang tìm ...

    Where is the supermarket?  

    Siêu thị ở đâu ạ?


    • The particle ơi (excuse me/hey) is used after a name or a personal pronoun to call someone who is far away or to attract someone's attention: Cô ơi! Anh ơi! Hùng ơi!
    • To be more polite, always start with the attention grabber and then ask your question!


    The compass


    • North = phía bắc
    • East = phía đông
    • South = phía nam
    • West = phía tây
    • Northeast = phía đông bắc
    • Southeast = phía đông nam
    • Southwest = phía tây nam
    • Northwest = phía tây bắc
    • Northern = miền bắc


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    Give directions in Vietnamese

    Below you can find all the vocabulary needed to give directions.

    English Vietnamese
    excuse me, hey ơi
    please làm ơn
    end hết
    way, road đường
    straight thẳng
    go straight đi thẳng
    keep straight cứ đi thẳng
    T-intersection ngã ba
    intersection ngã tư
    opposite đối diện
    here đây
    there đó
    turn rẽ
    turn right rẽ phải
    turn left rẽ trái
    turn to the right rẽ sang phải
    turn to the left rẽ sang trái
    turn around  quay lại
    round about bùng binh
    transportation, traffic giao thông
    by foot đi bộ 


    Places of interest in Vietnamese

    Here we name all places of interests.

    English Vietnamese
    hotel khách sạn
    airport sân bay
    pharmacy nhà thuốc
    supermarket siêu thị
    restaurant nhà hàng
    train station nhà ga
    hospital bệnh việnnhà thương
    parking  bãi đỗ xe
    capital thủ đô
    embassy đại sứ quán
    bank ngân hàng
    temple chùa
    church nhà thờ
    museum viện bảo tàng
    bridge cầu
    post office bưu điện



    After completing this chapter, you will be able to get around in Vietnam. Let's develop your skills further with our exercises!