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Welcome to VietnamesePod101.com’s “3 phút học tiếng Việt”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Vietnamese.
Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn. Hi, I'm Giang. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Vietnamese expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Vietnamese. There are only two sentences you need to remember. You will first learn a neutral way to introduce yourself which sounds ok in both formal and informal situations.
Let’s first see how Vietnamese people generally introduce themselves
Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn. Hi, I’m Giang. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.
Start by saying:
Xin chào, tôi là ... then, say your name, then Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Finally, say Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.
Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.
Let’s break this down and see what it means.
Xin chào means “Hi” or “hello” and it is used in both formal and informal situations. It can also be used at any time of the day. Though the equivalents of “good morning, good afternoon” and “good evening” do exist, Vietnamese people don’t normally use them in their daily conversation. So you have to remember only two words “Xin chào”. Isn’t it convenient?”
Tôi là Giang. That’s how Vietnamese people introduce themselves. Tôi là … is similar to “I am” and you simply need to add your name to this. Though there’s a more formal way to introduce your name in Vietnamese, which I’ll mention later, using “Tôi là + your name” is neutral and sounds ok in any circumstances. Tôi là Giang, pretty easy, right?
And now let’s look at the last sentence.
Rất vui được làm quen với bạn. “Rất vui” means “I’m very happy” and “được làm quen với bạn” means “to get to know you.” or “to get acquainted with you”. Vietnamese people usually look forward to a closer relationship in the future, so they tend to say “I’m happy to get to know you” rather than just “I’m happy to meet you.” So again, “Rất vui được làm quen với bạn” (slowly)
Let’s put everything together. “Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.” Hi, I’m Giang. Nice to meet you. Not very difficult, right?
Well, as I mentioned earlier, there’s a more formal way to introduce yourself in Vietnamese. That is, “Xin chào. Tôi tên là Giang. Rất hân hạnh được làm quen với bạn.”
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a close look at these together.
It can be noticed that the word “Xin chào” doesn’t change but the way you say your name is longer. One more word is added “Tôi tên là” instead of “Tôi là”. So instead of saying “I am”, you say, “My name is...”. Tôi tên là Giang: My name is Giang.
And the last sentence:
“Rất hân hạnh được làm quen với bạn.” It’s my pleasure to get to know you.” So “hân hạnh” means “my pleasure”.
It should be noted that the formal way is mostly used in business situations, rather than in daily conversations. So unless you go to Vietnam for business, it is advisable that you stick to the previous introduction.
One more time:
The general way to introduce yourself in Vietnamese is Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.
The formal way to introduce yourself is
Xin chào, tôi tên là Giang. Rất hân hạnh được làm quen với bạn.
Now it’s time for Giang’s Insights.
Vietnamese people are not familiar with personal touches when meeting each other. So kissing or hugging is not recommended though business people and male friends do shake hands when they meet. For the first meeting, simply introducing yourself with a smile is the best way to get to know a Vietnamese person.
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Vietnamese? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Hẹn gặp lại các bạn! See you then!

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Friday at 6:30 pm
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Try introducing yourself in Vietnamese!

Sunday at 10:16 pm
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Hello René,

Thank you very much for your nice comment.

We hope you find our lessons useful and please feel free to ask if you have any question.
Let’s make learning Vietnamese be interesting. You’ll see it is not as difficult as you think.

Best regards,
Nguyet Nguyen
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René
Monday at 11:20 pm
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Hi,

The first impression for me is that the language is very difficult. I learned a little Thai and little English. I like Asia very much. And there are many Vietnamese and Thais in Berlin. I have been to Thailand twice and this time I go back to Thailand and a week to Laos. I have to go to Vietnam once. Just because of the friendly, open nature of the people there. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn the language here.

Best Regards

Wednesday at 11:18 pm
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Chào Adel,

Welcome to our website! We have both Southern and Northern series. In this lesson, we use Northern accent. The Southern series will be named with the phrase “Southern”.
So, please feel free to use these series to practice Northern accent.

Hope you enjoy!

Best,
Huyền.
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Friday at 3:48 am
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Im sorry I had written it erroneously. I wanted write that I want to learn north accent. My bad. 😅

Friday at 12:36 am
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Hello, I’m totally new in this and I heard that south and north accent are very different. Can I ask which accent do you use? Because of place where I will be traveling I want to learn south accent😄

Tuesday at 4:27 pm
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Chào Allison,

We keep the foreign names as they are and do not change anything. But we may pronounce them incorrectly, so it would be great if you could tell the person who is talking with you how to pronounce your name correctly.

Cheers,
Giang
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Allison
Monday at 6:03 am
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Chào

Is Allison in Vietnamese just Allison? or do you say it a different way?

Wednesday at 11:21 am
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Hi Martin,

Thank you for posting.
For now, it is not possible to add Phrases or Expressions to the word bank (unless it is part of the Vocabulary List).
But we recommend you to try this other app: https://www.vietnamesepod101.com/custom-lists/
*You can create your own list of expressions.

Sincerely,
Laura
Team VietnamesePod101.com

Martin
Wednesday at 2:20 pm
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Hi

how can I put expressions to the word bank.

Cheers, Martin

Wednesday at 12:54 pm
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Hi stephen,

Thank you for posting!
Have you checked the Lesson Notes PDF? There you can find the Grammar Points covered in this lesson.

You can add words and create your own vocabulary lists, using this app: https://www.vietnamesepod101.com/custom-lists/
Another option is looking for the word in our dictionary: https://www.vietnamesepod101.com/vietnamese-dictionary/
Then add that word to your Word Bank.

Let us know if you have questions.
Sincerely,
Laura
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