Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Vietnamese conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Vietnamese“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishVietnamesePronunciation
(Audio)
(to) bethì / là / ở
(to) have
(to) do / (to) makelàm
can / (to) know how tocó thể
(to) know (how)hiểu biết
(to) know / (to) be acquainted withquen biết
(to) understandhiểu
(to) speak / (to) talknói
(to) listen tonghe
(to) hearnghe thấy
(to) seethấy
(to) feelcảm nhận
(to) livesống
(to) wantmuốn
(to) needcần
(to) likethích
(to) loveyêu
(to) givecho / tặng
(to) takelấy / dắt
(to) playchơi
(to) laughcười giỡn
(to) comeđến
(to) gođi
(to) go (by…)đi qua
(to) writeviết
(to) readđọc
(to) countđếm
(to) pronouncephát âm
(to) spellđánh vần
(to) conjugategiao hop
(to) rememberghi nhớ
(to) forgetquên
(to) eatăn
(to) trythử
(to) usesử dụng
(to) openmở
(to) closeđóng
(to) greet / (to) welcomeđón tiếp
(to) beginbắt đầu
(to) endkết thúc
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