1. Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese

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BECKY: Hi everyone! I’m Becky. Welcome to VietnamesePod101.com This is the Absolute Beginner Series, Season 1, Lesson 1- Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese.
HUYEN: Xin chào! I’m Huyen.
BECKY: In this lesson you will learn basic greetings and self-introduction in Vietnamese. The conversation takes place at a cafeteria and is between two students, An and Mary.
HUYEN: They’re meeting each other for the first time, so they’ll be using formal Vietnamese.
BECKY: Let’s listen to the conversation.
BECKY: Let’s give our listeners some ideas about Vietnamese names.
HUYEN: Sure. A Vietnamese name usually consists of three parts- The family name comes first, then the middle name, and the first name comes at the end.
BECKY: Wow, it’s so different from English.
HUYEN: Right. Vietnamese people often use first names to introduce themselves, or address each other in both formal and informal situations.
BECKY: Yes, in the dialogue the first person introduces herself as “An”, which is her first name, isn’t it?
HUYEN: That’s right, even though it’s their first time meeting. It’s common to use first names.
BECKY: I see. So, how can we make it more formal? Would we use a pronoun or a title of some sort before the name?
HUYEN: Exactly! For example, a man named Nguyễn Văn Nam can be or Anh Nguyễn Văn Nam…
BECKY: ...which means “Mr.”...
HUYEN: or Giám đốc Nguyễn Văn Nam...
BECKY: ...which means “Director”. Please remember that depending on the person's gender and age, the pronoun will be different. Vietnamese people don’t use family names to address each other like in Western culture. Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
BECKY: Let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is
BECKY: This means “I” or “me”, and it’s a first person pronoun which can be used in both formal and informal situations. But this is just the general equivalent of “I or me”. Depending on gender, age and relationship, this equivalent also varies in different situations.
HUYEN: Right, and we’ll gradually learn those situations throughout this series. The next word is bạn.
BECKY: This is the general pronoun referring to the person directly talking with you at the moment of speaking.
In other words, “bạn” is the general equivalent of “you”. Again, this will vary depending on gender, age, and relationship.
HUYEN: And finally we have Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: “Nice to meet you.”
HUYEN: Rất vui means..
BECKY: ...“Very happy”,
HUYEN: And được gặp bạn means...
BECKY: “To meet you” or “to be able to meet you”. So, the whole sentence literally means “I’m very happy to meet you” and can be understood as “Nice to meet you” in English.There’s another way to say “Nice to meet you,” isn’t there?
HUYEN: Yes, we can also say Rất vui được làm quen với bạn.
BECKY: And this literally means “I’m happy to get acquainted with you”. It’s commonly used when meeting someone for the first time in Vietnam. Cool. Okay, now onto the grammar.
BECKY: In this lesson, you’ll learn about self-introductions in Vietnamese.
HUYEN: In the conversation, An says Xin chào, tôi tên là An. Rất vui được gặp bạn. That’s basically how you introduce yourself in Vietnamese.
BECKY: Let’s break down these two sentences: First we have...
HUYEN: Xin chào
BECKY: ...which means “hello” or “hi”. It’s used as a greeting when you meet someone. It can be used to greet anyone at anytime of day and in both formal and informal situations.
HUYEN: When someone says xin chào to you, simply reply with the same greeting. xin chào!
BECKY: Then introduce your name by saying....
HUYEN: tôi tên là and your name. Tôi means “I”, Tên means “name”, and là is the verb “to be”.
BECKY: It can be literally translated as “I am named” but it’s the way Vietnamese people usually introduce themselves. And the last sentence is....
HUYEN: Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: “Nice to meet you”.
HUYEN: You can reply with Tôi cũng vậy...
BECKY: ...which means “Me too”. This can also be used in other situations when you agree with someone’s opinion. Let’s listen to some more examples.
HUYEN: Xin chào, tôi tên là Jenny. Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: “Hello, my name is Jenny. Nice to meet you.”
HUYEN: Xin chào, tôi tên là Lan. Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: “Hello, my name is Lan. Nice to meet you.” Now listeners, it’s your turn to try. Please say the Vietnamese for “Hello”.
HUYEN: [pause] Xin chào.
BECKY: “My name is…” and then say your name!
HUYEN: [pause] Tôi tên là...
BECKY: And finally, the phrase for “Nice to meet you.”
HUYEN: [pause] Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: How did you do? Please try it one more time, putting it all together.
HUYEN: [pause] Xin chào, tôi tên là.... Rất vui được gặp bạn.
BECKY: Great job!!
HUYEN: That’s all about self-introduction in Vietnamese. It’s not very difficult, right? I’m sure you can easily introduce yourself when meeting a Vietnamese person now.
BECKY: Please check the lesson notes for more examples and information.
HUYEN: We hope that you enjoyed this lesson. Thank you and we’ll see you again in the next lesson.
BECKY: Tạm biệt!
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Xin chào!

Let’s practice through comments!

avatar VietnamesePod101.com

Hello Lyn,

Thank you for your question.

Northern people pronounce “r” as “z” while southern people pronounce “r” as “r”. We do not pronounce “r” as “s”.

Please let us know if you have further question.
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Nguyet Nguyen
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avatar VietnamesePod101.com

Hello Stephaine Carter/ Xin chào Stephaine Carter,

Nice to hear from you. Hope you enjoy learning Vietnamese.
I just want to correct a little bit your typing. It should be “Tôi tên là Stephaine”.

If you have any question regarding learning Vietnamese, please let us know.

Best regards,
Nguyet Nguyen
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avatar Stephaine Carter

Xin chào! Toi tên la Stephaine

avatar VietnamesePod101.com

Hello Steve,

Thank you for your kind feedback!
We hope you’ll have a nice time at Hanoi!
Let us know if you have any question.

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avatar Steve

Having learned to read and speak Thai to intermediate level I am now trying Vietnamese and this is my first experience with the language. If I get to say even twenty or thirty essential words before I travel to Hanoi in a few months, I know it will be well worth while. The experience of a new country is so much richer if you make the effort to learn even a little.

avatar VietnamesePod101.com

Hello Ross,

Thank you for your question.
We have lessons in both northern and southern pronunciation.
Please check the following lessons for southern pronunciation:

If you add ’southern’ as a keyword in the search tool, you’ll find more lessons.
Let us know if you have any further questions.
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avatar Ross Macleod

Hello, I was wondering are your lessons northern or southern pronunciation? I live in Ho Chi Minh City and want to learn southern pronunciation.


avatar Lyn

Hi, would appreciate it if someone could please answer my previous question on the pronunciation of the letter ‘R’ in Rất. Thankyou . :smile:

avatar Lyn

Xin chào, tôi tên là Lyn,
Just wondering why the ‘R’ in Rất is pronounced more as a ‘z or s’ sound ? Thanks.

avatar VietnamesePod101.com

Hello Kaden,

Thank you for posting.
Please check our ‘Learn Vietnamese in Three Minutes’ Video Lessons:
and the ‘Vocabulary Lists’:

to learn more words/phrases!
We hope it helps!

Let us know if you have any question!
Happy Vietnamese learning!

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