Although many Vietnamese people can speak English, it does not mean that everyone can, so if foreigners can know a little Vietnamese, they will feel easier when living, studying or working in Vietnam! Especially, if you can use some common phrases in Vietnamese, local people will love you more because Vietnamese people are very hospitable and friendly.


Let’s take a look at some common phrases used in Vietnamese with Jellyfish!

1. Basic Vietnamese phrases for greetings

  • Hello = Xin chào (Sin chow)
  • How are you? = Bạn khỏe không (Ban Kwe Khom)
  • Thank you = Cảm ơn (kahm uhn)
  • Sorry = Xin lỗi (Sin Loy)
  • No Problem = Không có gì (Khong koh zi)
  • Goodbye = Tạm biệt (Tarm Byeet)
  • No, Thank You! = Không, cảm ơn! (Khom, kahm uhn)
  • Can you speak English? = Bạn nói tiếng Anh được không? (Banh noi thien an durkh khom)
  • How old are you? = Bạn bao nhiêu tuổi (Ban ban nyew twoi)
  • I am __ years old = Tôi ___ tuổi (toy ___ doyy)
  • What is your name? = Tên bạn là gì?  (Ten bang la zi)
  • My name is ___ =  Tên tôi là ___ (Ten toy la ___)

If you plan to travel to or live in Vietnam, you should get acquainted with these common Vietnamese phrases as you will likely use them very often while staying here!

2. Addressing people

Vietnamese pronouns are very rich, when you talk to different people you have to use different pronouns or the sentence will become funny or even make others  who communicate with you feel bad or disrespectful. However, because you are a foreigner, you will still be forgiven. However, you should still know some basic pronouns to be able to speak with Vietnamese more naturally.

  • I = Tôi
  • You = Bạn
  • Female (junior) = Em
  • Female (senior) = Chị
  • Male (junior) = Em
  • Male (senior) = Anh

When addressing younger people, whether male or female, you use “em” to address them and say “Tôi”. If you are talking to an older person or in a formal scenario, you use “chị” for women and “anh” for men to call them.

In general, these phrases are also very simple, right? However, just by learning these individual phrases, you will not be able to talk to Vietnamese people. So if you really want to communicate with Vietnamese people or live and work, learn Vietnamese culture, find yourself a suitable Vietnamese language center!

>> Refer to Vietnamese teaching center

For more information about the Vietnamese Language Program for foreigners, please contact us at the following information:

Jellyfish Education Vietnam – Hotline: 0961.275.006