Now let’s learn some basic Vietnamese conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Vietnamese.

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

Basic Vietnamese words & phrases: conversations

How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcome
làm ơn
không có chi
you’re very welcome
không có gì
thank you
cám ơn
thank you very much
cám ơn rất nhiều
cám ơn
Excuse me!
xin lỗi!


I understand.
tôi hiểu
I don’t understand.
tôi không hiểu
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
a lô
What does that mean?
Cái đó nghĩa là gì?
I don’t know.
tôi không biết
I don’t speak Polish.
tôi không nói tiếng Balan
I speak a little Polish.
tôi nói một chút tiếng Ba Lan
Do you speak English? (informal)
bạn có nói tiếng Anh không?
Do you speak English? (formal)
bạn có nói tiếng Anh không?
Yes, I do speak English.
vâng, tôi nói tiếng Anh
No, I don’t speak English.
không, tôi không nói tiếng Anh

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!
xin nói chậm lại
Nice to meet you!
hân hạnh được gặp bạn
How are you?
có khoẻ không?
Good, thank you!
tốt, cám ơn
I’m well, thanks!
tôi khoẻ, cám ơn
Not bad, thanks!
không tệ lắm, cám ơn
very bad
rất tệ
What’s your name?
Tên bạn là gì ?
My name is [...].
họ tên tôi là […]
What’s your first name?
Tên bạn là gi?
My first name is [...]
tên tôi la […]
How old are you?
Bạn mấy tuổi?
I’m [...] years old.
tôi […] tuổi
What are your hobbies?
sở thích của bạn là gì
What do you like doing?
bạn thích làm gì ?
What are you doing (at the moment)?
bạn đang làm gì đó?
Where do you live?
bạn sống ở đâu?
I live in [...].
tôi sống ở […]
I’m from England
tôi đến từ nước Anh
I’m English
tôi là người Anh

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