• Vietnamese course for beginners A1
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  • 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, a student or have personal interest in learning Vietnamese, this chapter will teach you how to introduce yourself. After completing this chapter, you will be able to greet, to say your name, how you are, where you come from and how old you are. In general, it is very important to know how to address the person you are talking to. In this chapter, we will only cover the general forms.

     

    First encounter

    In this table, we will provide you with a general way of greeting.

    English Vietnamese When
    Hello! Xin chào! More formal, when the other person is a stranger i.e. when a waiter greets you

     

    "My name is" in Vietnamese

    Below you can find the expressions with regard to asking for and telling the name.

    English Vietnamese When
    What's your name? Bạn tên là gì? Bạn literally means "friend", therefore only in informal settings, when addressant is more a less the same age
    My name is ... Tôi tên là ... Formal but when only when there is no significant age difference
    Nice to meet you. Rất vui được gặp bạn. Informal, when the other person is more a less the same age

     

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    "How are you" in Vietnamese

    We will provide you with the phrases of asking how someone is doing and the response accordingly.

    English Vietnamese When
    How are you? Bạn có khỏe không? Again only in informal settings with persons more or less the same age
    I'm good, thanks. Tôi khỏe, cảm ơn. More formal way of responding when the age difference is not clear.
    Very good. Rất khỏe. -
    Not very good. Không khỏe lắm. -
    I'm not well. Tôi không có khỏe.

    More formal way of responding when the age difference is not clear.

     

    Where are you from?

    Here you will learn some expressions of where you come from.

    English Vietnamese When
    Where are you from? Bạn từ đâu đến?

    Again only in informal settings with persons more or less the same age

    I'm from ...  Tôi đến từ ... More formal, when age difference is not clear
    Where do you live? Bạn sống ở đâu? Informal, when more or less the same age
    I live in ... Tôi sống ở...

    More formal, when age difference is not clear

     

    What do you do?

    Here you will learn a few phrases about what you do and some possible answers.

    English Vietnamese

    What do you do for work?

    Bạn làm việc gì?

    What do you do?

    Bạn làm gì?

    I am a (translator, businessman/-woman)

    Tôi làm (phiên dịch viên / nhà kinh doanh).
    I am a student. Tôi là sinh viên.

     

    "How old are you" in Vietnamese

    We will show you how to ask for the age and how to respond to it in the table below.

    English Vietnamese
    How old are you? Bạn bao nhiêu tuổi?
    I am ...  Tôi ... tuổi.

     

    Summary 

    Obviously, Vietnamese is not the easiest language to learn but we are sure you will be able to introduce yourself in Vietnamese after completing this chapter. To train your skills, you might want to try out our free exercises! smiley