Pronunciations can vary significantly within Vietnam, especially northern vs. southern. there are 3 dialects north, central and south. Age of the person you talking too in relation you is important to note in vietnam, a complex system of words is used to addres people. however sticking to general word like 'xin' and 'ban' will help you avoid that. 

(English - Vietnamese - phonetic pronuniation)


1. Hello! - Xin chao! (sin chow!)

2. Goodbye - Tam Biet 

3. How are you? - Ban co khoe khong? (ban co kwe khome?) also, Ban the nao? 

4. I'm fine, thank you! - Cam on ban toi khoe (gahm un ban thoy kwe)

5. And you? - Ban thi sao? (ban ty sao?)

6. What's your name - Ban ten gi (ban thane zee)

7. My name is... - Toi la (thoy la...)

8. Thank you - Xin Cam on (sin gahm un)

9. You're welcome - Khong co' gi (khom go zee)

10. Yes - Vang (vung)

11. No - Khong (khome)

12. Excuse me/Sorry... - Xin loi (seen loy)

13. Can you help me? - Ban giup toi duoc khong? (ban zoop thoy duc khom?)

14. I'd like to eat - Toi muon an (thoy moowan un)

15. I'd like to drink - Toi muon uong (thoy moowan oowanh)

16. Good - Tot (thote)

17. Bad - Khong tot (khome thote)

18. What is this? - Cai nay la gi (guy nai la zee)

19. How much - Bao nhieu (bow nyew)

20. Too expensive - Mac qua (mahk qwa)

21. Where is the nearest internet shop - Cho internet o dau (choh internet uh doh)

22. Where is the nearest bank - Nha bang o dau (nya bung uh doh)

23. Hotel - Khach San (khack san)

24. Hot - Nong (nom)

25. Cold - Lanh (lang)

26. Coffee - Ca phe (cah feh)

27. Hot black coffee - Ca phe nong (cah feh nom)

28. Hot Coffee with milk - Ca phe sua nong (cah feh sua nom)

29. Tea - Tra (chah)

30. I like - Toi thich (thoy tick)

31. I am happy - Toi vui (thoy vuoy)

32. I am tired - Toi met (thoy mate)

33. Where ATM - Cay ATM o dau

Below is the link of some basic words and conversations that you will use to take a taxi, order food and drinks,...

You can understand very clearly and speak naturally as a native speaker about these things after watching video some times.