The official language is Vietnamese. Many visitors find it extremely difficult to gain a quick grasp of this language as it is tonal and requires many of the sounds to be made in your throat instead of your mouth. Here are some quick and useful phrases which may come in handy even without mastering the tones. Make sure to check out our guide to learn 100 basic Vietnamese phrases as I have generally found locals are pleased to hear you attempting their language so will help you out.
Hello: Xin chào (sin chow)
Thank you: Cảm ơn. (gauhm uhhn) – it is not common to use ‘please’ in Vietnamese-
I’m sorry/ Excuse me: Xin lỗi. (sin loy)
Excuse me waitress: Em oi!
The Bill Please: Tinh tien!
How Much?: Bao nhieu? (bow yew)
Too Expensive: Mac qua! (Mac wa)
No Sugar: Khong duong (Khom duong) – The norm in Vietnam is to add sugar especially to drinks.
Source: Local Insider