Getting directions in Vietnamese
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/
|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!
- 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
Give directions in Vietnamese
Below you can find all the vocabulary needed to give directions.
|excuse me, hey||ơi|
|go straight||đi thẳng|
|keep straight||cứ đi thẳng|
|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.
|train station||nhà ga|
|hospital||bệnh viện / nhà thương|
|parking||bãi đỗ xe|
|embassy||đại sứ quán|
|museum||viện bảo tàng|
|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!
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