When moving to a new country, one of the most important things to do in order to integrate is to learn the language. By learning the language, you will be able to communicate with locals and make friends. Vietnam in particular has many small villages around the country where people do not speak English. Therefore, in order to communicate with the people there, it will be vital that you know a few key phrases.
Similar to other Southeast Asian languages, Vietnamese is a tonal language. When you are speaking Vietnamese, if you mispronounce the word, it can completely change the meaning of the word. It is also the national language of Vietnam and spoken as a first language by the majority of the population. In order to prepare you on your journey to learning Vietnamese, we have put together a list of key Vietnamese phrases.
These are simply a few of the key phrases to know when you begin learning Vietnamese. You can download the PDF version here to have on you during your trip. Remember, the first key in learning a language is simply to put yourself out there and attempt to speak. No matter how scary it may be, by trying, you will be taking the first steps and before you know it, you will be well on your way to mastering the language!
Interested in different key phrases? Let us know in the comments below what phrases in particular that you would like to learn!
To all of our interns beginning their journey in Vietnam, we wish you the best of luck and cannot wait to see all of the adventures you have! This list of key phrases are sure to come in handy when your internship begins!