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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Vietnamese

Start off the year by learning how to introduce yourself properly in Vietnamese! Learn easily with VietnamesePod101 in this four-minute video!

Table of Contents

  1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese
  2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself
  3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese
  4. Why VietnamesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Vietnamese Introductions

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1. 10 Lines You Need for Introducing Yourself in Vietnamese

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First impressions are absolutely everything! Right? No, wrong - who you are every day is much more important. But first impressions are definitely not unimportant either. Make sure to introduce yourself correctly, as it could mean the difference between getting a job offer or a polite refusal from an employer. VietnamesePod101 shows you how to read, write and pronounce these self-introductions and conversation-starters like a native speaker!

But first, a tip - wait to be asked before offering personal details such as your age. Good conversation is about unspoken reciprocity, and giving too many personal details too soon can be embarrassing for your Vietnamese friend. Rather use phrases that encourage your friend to talk about him or herself - most people like doing that! Also, it shows you take real interest in other people.

1- Hello, it’s nice to meet you.

Xin chào, rất vui được gặp bạn.

This phrase is an excellent way to start an introduction. It is a greeting that immediately expresses interest in the other person.

2- My name is Linh.

Tên tôi là Linh.

Self-explanatory - just replace ‘Linh’ with your own name! Also, pay close attention to what your new Vietnamese acquaintance’s name is. Remembering it will make them feel that you are really interested in him/her as a person!

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3- I’m from Vietnam.

Tôi đến từ Việt Nam.

Sharing something about yourself is a nice conversation starter. It shows that you’re willing to engage meaningfully with the other person. In an informal setting, you can expect the other person to respond in kind. At work, this is probably information you need to volunteer only if asked. Again, remember to replace ‘Vietnam’ with your own country of birth!

4- I live in Hanoi.

Tôi sống ở Hà Nội.

Same as above - replace ‘Hanoi’ with your town or city of abode!

5- I’ve been learning Vietnamese for a year.

Tôi đã học tiếng Việt 1 năm rồi.

Say this only if it’s true, obviously. And prepare to dazzle your audience! If you have indeed worked faithfully at your Vietnamese for a year, you should be pretty good at it! Use this phrase after your introduction - it is likely to indicate that you wish to engage in Vietnamese conversation.

Two people talking

6- I’m learning Vietnamese at VietnamesePod101.com.

Tôi đang học tiếng Việt tại VietnamesePod101.com.

This will be the best reply if anyone asks (Very impressed, of course!) where you study Vietnamese! Simply volunteering this information, especially in a casual conversation, could make you sound like a salesperson, and you want to avoid that. Often, an employer will want this information though, so best to memorize and have this phrase handy!

7- I’m 27 years old.

Tôi 27 tuổi.

This is a line that may just get you a ‘TMI!’ look from a stranger if you volunteer it without being asked. He/she may not be willing to divulge such an intimate detail about him/herself right at the start of your acquaintance, so don’t force reciprocity. However, it’s a good phrase to know in a job interview; again, probably best only if your prospective Vietnamese employer asks. Also, remember to give your true age!

First encounter

8- I’m a teacher.

Tôi là một giáo viên.

You’re still offering information about yourself, which lends good momentum to keep the conversation going! Replace ‘teacher’ with your own occupation - and learn the related vocabulary with VietnamesePod101!

People with different jobs

9- One of my hobbies is reading.

Một trong những sở thích của tôi là đọc sách.

Your hobby is another topic with lots of potential for starting a good conversation! People are often eager to talk about their hobbies, and why they like them!

10- I enjoy listening to music.

Tôi thích nghe nhạc.

If you’re still talking about your hobbies, this would be a good line to go with the previous one. Otherwise, wait for your conversation partner to start talking about what they enjoy doing!

2. Important Tips for Introducing Yourself

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A correct Vietnamese introduction will make a good impression upon meeting a person for the first time. Why is this first impression important? Simple - it gives an indication of who you are as a person. So, while you want to be truthful when representing yourself, you also need to be prepared to put your best foot forward!

First impressions are often lingering and difficult to change. In addition, it’s easier to make a negative impression than a good one, often without intending to. So, how can you make sure that your self-introduction will impress Vietnamese natives?

1- Research: First, research the culture! Different cultures have different social rules, and you will be halfway towards making a great first impression if you know the proper Vietnamese customs for self-introductions. It will also help you avoid social mistakes - sometimes, what is acceptable in one culture is insulting in another, such as making eye contact, or giving a handshake. In your culture, what is appropriate when a person introduces him or herself?

Also, be sure to distinguish between introductions in different situations, such as a formal and a social situation. There are bound to be differences in how you address people! The internet can be an important tool for this endeavor. Alternatively, you could visit your local library to search for books on this topic, or you could ask Vietnamese friends to explain and demonstrate their cultural habits for introductions. Honoring someone’s culture shows that you respect it, and as we know - a little respect can go a very long way in any relationship!

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2- Study the Correct Phrases and Vocabulary: Be sure to learn Vietnamese phrases and vocabulary that tell people who you are, and that encourage them to engage in conversation with you. Each situation will determine how to address the person you want to introduce yourself to. Also, make sure your pronunciation is correct! It would be most valuable to have Vietnamese-speaking friends who can help you with this. Or read on for a quick phrase and video lesson on Vietnamese introductions right here at VietnamesePod101!

3- Appearance: This is pretty obvious - if you want to make a good impression introducing yourself to anyone for the first time, you need to be neatly dressed and well groomed! A shabby, dirty or careless appearance and bad body odor are to be avoided at all costs; in most cultures, these will not impress!

Also, make sure to dress appropriately, not only for the occasion, but also for the culture. For instance, bare shoulders or an open-necked shirt is an acceptable gear in many Western countries. Yet, in some cultures, dressing like this could deeply offend your host. No amount of good manners and properly expressed introductions is likely to wipe out a cultural no-no! So, be sure to know how to dress, and take care with your appearance when you are about to introduce yourself to someone for the first time!

Following are some neat phrases with which you can introduce yourself in Vietnamese, and get a conversation started too!

3. Video - How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese

Good, you read and perhaps even memorized the preceding phrases to successfully introduce yourself in Vietnamese! Watch this short video now to get a quick lesson on Vietnamese grammar for these introductions, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. You will sound like a native when you can copy the presenter perfectly!


4. Why VietnamesePod101 is Perfect for Learning all about Vietnamese Introductions

  • Culturally Focused Lessons: All our material is aimed not only to help you learn perfect Vietnamese, but also to introduce you to the Vietnamese culture! Learn here, for instance, a list of favorite Vietnamese foods. Alternatively, listen to these audio lessons on Vietnamese culture! Studying through us could be very valuable before visiting Vietnam for any purpose.
  • Accurate and Correct Pronunciation & Inflection: Our hosts and voice actors are native Vietnamese speakers of the best quality! It is important for us that you speak Vietnamese correctly to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings and miscommunications. If you practice and can copy these presenters well, you will sound just like Vietnamese natives and your introduction will be easily understood!
  • State-of-the-Art Lesson Formats and Methods: Efficacy in learning is our highest priority. You will have access to learning tools that were carefully developed by learning specialists over more than a decade! We use only well-researched, proven lesson formats and teaching methods to ensure fast, accurate, fun and easy learning! Millions of happy subscribers can’t be wrong! Create a lifetime account with VietnamesePod101 for free access to many learning tools that are updated every week.
  • Learn to Read and Write in Vietnamese: We don’t only teach you to speak, you can also learn to read and write in Vietnamese! This way you can express your Vietnamese introduction in more than one way and be thoroughly prepared.
  • A Learning Plan that Suits your Pocket: VietnamesePod101 takes pride in making learning not only easy and fun, but also affordable. Opening a lifetime account for free will offer you a free seven-day trial, after which you can join with an option that suits your needs and means. Learning Vietnamese has never been easier or more affordable! Even choosing only the ‘Basic’ option will give you access to everything you need to learn Vietnamese effectively, like thousands of audio and video lessons! However, if you need to learn Vietnamese fast, the Premium and Premium Plus options will be good to consider, as both offer a vast number of extra tools to ensure efficient learning. This way you can be sure that you will reach your learning goal easily!

Whatever your needs are for learning Vietnamese, make sure to do it through VietnamesePod101, and you will never have to google: “How do I introduce myself in Vietnamese” again!

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How to Say I Love You in Vietnamese - Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Vietnamese could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Vietnamese partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At VietnamesePod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Vietnamese lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Vietnamese dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Vietnamese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Vietnamese Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Vietnamese Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Vietnamese love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Vietnamese word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Vietnamese date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Vietnamese Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Bạn có muốn đi ra ngoài ăn tối với tôi không?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Vietnamese is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Cuối tuần này bạn có rảnh không?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Bạn có muốn đi chơi với tôi không?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Ngày mai chúng ta sẽ gặp lúc mấy giờ?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Chúng ta sẽ gặp nhau ở đâu?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Bạn trông thật tuyệt vời.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Bạn rất dễ thương.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Bạn nghĩ gì về nơi này?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Vietnamese language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Tôi có thể gặp lại bạn không?

So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Chúng ta đi nơi nào khác nhé?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Tôi biết một chỗ được.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Tôi sẽ lái xe đưa bạn về nhà.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Đó là một buổi tối tuyệt vời.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Khi nào tôi có thể gặp bạn lần nữa?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Tôi sẽ gọi cho bạn.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Vietnamese phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Vietnamese below!

Date Ideas in Vietnamese

museum

  • bảo tàng

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • bữa ăn tối dưới ánh nến

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • đi đến sở thú

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • đi bộ một vòng lâu

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • đi xem opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • đi đến khu thuỷ cung

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • đi bộ trên bãi biển

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • đi dã ngoại

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • nấu một bữa ăn cùng nhau

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • ăn tối và xem phim

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Vietnamese

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese - think how impressed your date will be!

4. Vietnamese Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Vietnamese? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Vietnamese love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Vietnamese

I love you.

  • Tôi yêu bạn.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Vietnamese carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Bạn rất có ý nghĩa với tôi.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Em sẽ là Valentine của anh chứ?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Em đẹp quá.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Vietnamese, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Tôi coi bạn hơn một người bạn.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Vietnamese dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Một trăm trái tim sẽ là quá ít để chứa tất cả tình yêu của anh dành cho em.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Tình yêu chỉ là tình yêu. Nó không bao giờ có thể giải thích được.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Bạn rất đẹp trai.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Vietnamese love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Tôi có cảm tình với bạn.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Em làm cho anh muốn trở thành một người đàn ông tốt hơn.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Vietnamese girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • Hãy để tất cả những gì bạn phải được hoàn thành bằng tình yêu.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Em là ánh nắng của tôi, tình yêu của tôi.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Không từ ngữ nào có thể mô tả tình yêu của của anh dành cho em.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Chúng ta sinh ra là để dành cho nhau.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Nếu bạn đang nghĩ về một ai đó trong khi đọc điều này, bạn chắc chắn đang yêu.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Vietnamese Quotes about Love

Vietnamese Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Vietnamese lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Vietnamese that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Vietnamese Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Vietnamese lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Vietnamese custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Vietnamese Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Chúng ta cần nói chuyện.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Tôi chưa sẵn sàng cho mối quan hệ kiểu này.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Chúng ta hãy chỉ là bạn bè.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Vietnamese, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Chúng ta nên bắt đầu gặp gỡ người khác.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Chỉ là chúng ta không phải là để dành cho nhau.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Đó là để tốt nhất cho cả hai.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Chúng ta đã quá khác nhau.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Không phải em mà là ở anh.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Vietnamese lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I think we need a break.

    • Anh nghĩ chúng ta cần tạm dừng.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Em xứng đáng với điều tốt đẹp hơn.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    I need my space.

    • Anh cần có không gian riêng.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Anh nghĩ chúng ta đang đi quá nhanh.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Anh cần tập trung vào sự nghiệp.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Anh không đủ tốt để dành cho em.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Chỉ là anh không còn yêu em nữa.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Vietnamese faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. VietnamesePod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Vietnamese language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Vietnamese Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Vietnamese speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    VietnamesePod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Vietnamese, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Vietnamese even faster.

    2- Having your Vietnamese romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Vietnamese language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Vietnamese lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Vietnamese partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why VietnamesePod101 helps you learn Vietnamese Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Vietnamese is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at VietnamesePod101 is translated into both English and Vietnamese. So, while your partner can help you learn Vietnamese faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Vietnamese Culture
    At VietnamesePod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Vietnam. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Vietnamese partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Vietnamese Phrases
    You now have access to VietnamesePod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Vietnamese soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Vietnamese, and Other Vietnamese Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Vietnamese

    So, you’re heading for Vietnam to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Vietnamese, greeting someone correctly in Vietnamese could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Vietnamese greetings before you embark on your journey. Vietnamese greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Vietnamese in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at VietnamesePod101.

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    1. Must-Know Vietnamese Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Vietnamese! At VietnamesePod101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Vietnamese. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is greetings in Vietnamese

    Topic 1: How to say “Hello”

    Sentence from the lesson:
    Xin chào
    “Hello (Informal, Formal)”

    Xin chào means “hi/hello” and is used when we meet each other. You can say Xin chào in both formal and informal situations at any time of the day. When greeting each other, Vietnamese people do not specify at which time of the day they are meeting. Therefore, words like “Good morning,” “Good afternoon” or “Good evening” are hardly used.

    Topic 2: How to say “Good-bye”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    Tạm biệt
    “Goodbye (informal, formal)”

    Tạm biệt literally means “Good bye” and is considered both formal and informal. “See you soon” in Vietnamese is hẹn gặp lại and again, it is used both formally and informally. The more intimate way to say “See you soon” is hẹn gặp lại nhé. Nhé literally has no meaning, it is added at the end just to make the sentence more natural and melodious: Hẹn gặp lại Hẹn gặp lại nhé.

    Language Tip

    A more natural way to greet someone is to omit the word Xin and just say Chào together with an object pronoun addressing the one you’re meeting. The Vietnamese language consists of a complicated system of pronouns which vary according to gender, age and how close the relationship is. For example: Chào, bạnChào, anhChào, chịChào, emChào, chú/bácChào cô. But the easiest and safest way to greet someone is saying Xin chào. That’s pretty convenient!

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Vietnamese

    Vietnamese Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at VietnamesePod101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Vietnamese greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Vietnamese greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    Xin chào!

    ‘Good morning’ in Vietnamese is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    Xin chào!

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Bạn có khỏe không?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Dạo này bạn thế nào?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Có chuyện gì thế?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Lâu quá không gặp

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!

    Ê!

    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    Xin chào!

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Vietnamese is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Dạo này, mọi chuyện thế nào ?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    Rất vui được gặp lại bạn.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Vietnamese.

    11- How’s everything?

    Dạo này thế nào?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Ngày hôm nay của bạn thế nào?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Vietnamese friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!

    Yo!

    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!

    Chào bạn!

    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Vietnamese greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at VietnamesePod101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Thật tốt khi được gặp bạn.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

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    Friendly native Vietnamese speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Vietnamese friend in your own home!

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    PC, Android, iPhone, iPad, laptop, even TV - whatever device you prefer! Go online with our FREE app to do your lessons, no matter where you are or which device you are using. All you need is a good internet connection to log on and learn to speak Vietnamese at your own pace, in your own place!

    3- Pronunciation Tool Ensures You Really Speak Vietnamese!

    In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Vietnamese!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Vietnamese

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Vietnamese!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Vietnamese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can VietnamesePod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Vietnamese - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Vietnamese? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Vietnamese words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - nói đùa
    2. funny - vui
    3. lie - nói dối
    4. April 1st - ngày cá tháng tư
    5. sneaky - lén lút
    6. prankster - người hay đùa cợt
    7. prank - trò đùa
    8. play a joke - trêu đùa (ai đó)
    9. humor - sự hài hước
    10. fool - người bị lừa
    11. deceptive - lừa bịp
    12. surprise - làm cho … bất ngờ

    2. Vietnamese Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Vietnamese Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Vietnamese to prank your favorite Vietnamese friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Vietnamese in 1 month.
      • Tôi đã học tiếng Việt trong 1 tháng.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Tất cả các lớp học ngày hôm nay đã bị hủy bỏ.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Tôi xin lỗi, nhưng tôi đã vừa mới làm vỡ cặp kính ưa thích của cậu.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Có người vừa đâm trúng xe ô tô của bạn.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Tôi sắp kết hôn.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Bạn đã giành một vé miễn phí.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Tôi đã nhìn thấy chiếc xe của bạn đang bị kéo đi.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Họ đang phát thẻ tặng quà miễn phí ở trước toà nhà.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Một anh chàng đẹp trai đang chờ bạn ở bên ngoài.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Một người phụ nữ đẹp đã nhờ tôi đưa số điện thoại này cho bạn.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Bạn có thể đi xuống cầu thang không? Tôi có một thứ đặc biệt cho bạn.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Cảm ơn bạn về bức thư tình sáng nay. Tôi đã không bao giờ có thể đoán được cảm xúc của bạn.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Vietnamese, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can VietnamesePod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Vietnam, or if you work for any Vietnamese company, knowing the above Vietnamese prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Vietnamese words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Learn Vietnamese in Your Car?

    How to Learn Vietnamese in Your Car? Learn language in car

    Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Vietnamese? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Vietnamese.

    Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Vietnamese in your car!

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    You can learn Vietnamese in your car, hands free
    While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

    Listening to Vietnamese audio content in the car is a good way to learn
    This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With VietnamesePod101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Vietnamese culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Vietnamese podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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    You can listen to Vietnamese music in the car
    Did you know that you can learn Vietnamese by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

    Challenge yourself! Use the Vietnamese you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Vietnamese is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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    You can learn alone in your car
    When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Vietnamese lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Vietnamese!

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    You can learn through repetition with your passengers
    If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Vietnamese dialogues. With VietnamesePod101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Vietnamese!

    One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Vietnamese or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

    You can learn Vietnamese offline
    Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Vietnamese! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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    You can learn every day at your own pace
    One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Vietnamese every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

    You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Vietnamese without getting lost!

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    If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Vietnamese is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!