18 Words to Make You Fall in Love with the Vietnamese Language

Vietnam (c) Davidiohr Bueso/Flickr
Vietnam (c) Davidiohr Bueso/Flickr
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Learning Vietnamese is not a speedy process, due to the complexity of its six tones and twelve vowels. But it can be as beautiful as it is challenging. Here are 18 words to persuade you how beautiful, charming, diverse and funny the language can be.

ƠI

Pronounce it like this: Oi

Ơi-Hey

YÊU

Pronounce it like this: Eew

Yêu-Love

NHỚ

Pronounce it like this: Nho

Nhớ-Miss

LỆ

Pronounce it like this: Like “les” in French, with a silent ‘s’

Lệ-Teardrops

QUÁ

Pronounce it like this: Q-woaa

Quá-Too much

NHÉ

Pronounce it like this: Nh-eee

Nhé-endearing

ĐI

Pronounce it like this: D (like the letter)

Đi-Please

THƯƠNG

Pronounce it like this: Thuong

Thương-Compassionate affection

CHẾT LIỀN

Pronounce it like this: Ch-et lii-en

Chết liền-Die

CƠM MUỐI

Pronounce it like this: Com mu-oi

Cơm muối-Blessing

TRẺ TRÂU

Pronounce it like this: Tr-e tr-ow

Trẻ trâu-Childish

ẦU Ơ

Pronounce it like this: Ow er

Ầu ơ-Lullaby

BÓ TAY

Pronounce it like this: Bo tay

Bó tay-Give up

DẠ

Pronounce it like this: Zaaa

Dạ-Yes

THƯƠNG

Pronounce it like this: Th-uong

Thương-More than love

ẤY

Pronounce it like this: Eiii

Ấy-Implying

DUYÊN

Pronounce it like this: Z-uen

Duyên-Charm

BUÔNG

Pronounce it like this: Buong

Buông-Let go

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