In Vietnam, we have the famous saying “Struggling with storms is nothing compared to mastering Vietnamese grammar”. However, once you've overcome this language barrier, there is endless fun waiting to be explored. One of the fastest ways to get close to the language itself and of course, to the locals is to learn some fun and useful Vietnamese slangs. Here is our take on Vietnamese slangs and some common fun phrases to remember!
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Slang can be born from a normal conversation like this. For example, “tiền thối” is the changes that a shop owner gives back
You can also look at The History of the Vietnamese Alphabet
You can hear slangs everywhere in Vietnam
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“Bó tay”: get stuck, "I have no solution" or “I’m speechless”
“Bó tay” literally means “My hands are tied”
“Quắc cần câu”: wasted
Example: “He is quắc cần câu” = He is wasted.
“GATO” or “Ghen ăn tức ở”: get jealous
“GATO” is the acronym of “Ghen ăn tức ở” and is used more often by youngsters. However, "gato" is also the Vietnamese version of "gateau"
“Kết”: have an interest in something or somebody
Example: “I kết this one” = “I like this one”
“Phết”: pretty, fairly
“Gắt”: very, hard
“Thả thính” or "Cưa": flirt with somebody
“Đổ”: fall in love ("đổ" literally means "to fall hard")
“Dìm hàng”: defame somebody
These slangs are applicable in verbal communication or on social network platforms
“Quẩy”: party, go clubbing, and have fun
“Đu đưa”/ “Đi đu đưa đi”: Let’s hang out!/ Let’s go clubbing!
“Leo cây”: get stood up
“Trẻ trâu”: youngsters that always tend to do crazy things
“Bánh bèo”: a girl who is overly girly, bland, (usually) weak, and dependent
“Bánh bèo” is a famous Vietnamese food. Because of its tenderness, the locals use the word to refer to weak and overly girly girls
“Công tử bột”: an over-protected man who comes from a decent family and is (often) weak-looking
“Soái ca”: a handsome gentleman
“Đào mỏ: a gold-digger
“Bà xã”: wife
“Ông xã”: husband
Using slang is a great way to get close to the locals and make new friends
Vietnamese slangs are very fun to learn and use in our daily lives. Thanks to their extension of expression, we can indicate our feelings clearly and connect. So, why not start picking up this slang and having fun? If you know other useful Vietnamese slangs, share it with our readers in the comment section down below!
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