Essential Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travelers

Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travellers

Planning a trip to Vietnam? Immerse yourself in the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of this Southeast Asian gem by learning some essential Vietnamese phrases. In this article, brought to you by Berlitz Vietnam, we'll provide you with a handy guide of must-know phrases and practical tips to enhance your travel experience and connect with the local people. Let's dive in!

Greetings and Basic Expressions:

Start your journey by mastering some basic greetings and expressions to break the ice and show respect to the locals. Here are a few essential phrases:

Xin chào: Hello

Cảm ơn: Thank you

Xin lỗi: Excuse me/sorry

Tôi không hiểu: I don't understand

Xin vui lòng/Làm ơn: Please

Remember to greet people with a smile and a friendly "Xin chào" as you explore the mesmerizing streets of Vietnam. These simple phrases will go a long way in creating positive interactions.


Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travellers

Food and Dining:

Vietnam is renowned for its delicious cuisine, and trying local dishes is a must-do experience. Enhance your culinary adventure by learning a few key phrases:

Món này là gì?: What is this dish?

Tôi muốn gọi: I would like to order...

Nước mắm: Fish sauce (a popular condiment)

Làm ơn cho tôi thêm …: Can I have extra...?

Polishing your culinary vocabulary will not only help you navigate menus but also impress the locals and discover new flavors.


Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travellers


Getting Around:

Whether you're exploring the bustling cities or picturesque landscapes of Vietnam, knowing how to communicate transportation needs is essential. Here are some phrases to help you get around smoothly:

Tôi muốn đi đến...: I want to go to...

Bao nhiêu tiền?: How much does it cost?

Xe bus: Bus

Xe taxi: Taxi

Làm thế nào để đi đến…?: Is there a way to go to...?

Being able to communicate your destination and ask about transportation options will ensure you reach your desired locations with ease.

Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travellers


Emergency Situations:

While we hope you won't encounter any emergencies during your trip, it's wise to be prepared. Learn these crucial phrases to seek assistance when needed:

Cứu tôi với!: Help!

Tôi gặp nguy hiểm: I'm in danger.

Bác sĩ: Doctor

Cảnh sát: Police

Remember, it's always better to be proactive and familiarize yourself with emergency phrases to ensure your safety and well-being.


Vietnamese Vocabulary for Travellers


By learning some essential Vietnamese phrases and following these tips, you'll embark on a memorable journey through Vietnam with confidence. Berlitz Vietnam is here to support you every step of the way, offering private online Vietnamese courses to suit your travel needs. So, pack your bags, venture into the captivating world of Vietnam, and let the Vietnamese language be your gateway to unforgettable experiences!