Acquiring vocabulary is a high priority for any language learner. The best place to start is to learn the most common words used by native speakers, especially Vietnamese VERBS.
Verbs are words that we used to talk about actions. They are a very important part to construct complete sentences, even simple ones.
The good news is, unlike many other languages, Vietnamese verbs are not conjugated. That means the verb forms stay the same regardless of the pronouns and tenses. For instance:
This lesson will introduce you to the most common and basic Vietnamese verbs, with example sentences that you can use in daily conversation.
This list will be updated over time with more verbs and example sentences. So come back every few weeks and check them out!Skip sentences. Jump to the verbs list ⬇︎
Meaning: to be
The word “là” is equivalent to “to be” verb in English, which also includes am/is/are/was/were.
But unlike English, Vietnamese “là” is mostly used to introduce something or someone's identity or profession. For example:
where "giáo viên" means teacher
where "người Mỹ" refers to American person or American people
When you want to describe someone or something like “she’s beautiful” or “phở is tasty”, you don’t have to use the word "là". For instance:
Phở is tasty
Meaning: to be in/at a location, or to stay
Ở is used when talking about being in/at a location. For example:
Mình ở Việt Nam
I’m in Vietnam / I stay in Vietnam
Mình ở nhà
I’m at home / I stay (at) home
where "nhà" means home or house
Meaning: to have
You probably know that The word “Có” also means “yes”, but as a verb, it means “to have”. For example:
where “anh chị em” means siblings or brothers and sisters
Meaning: to like
where “ngọt” means sweet, and “đồ” refers to stuff in general
Meaning: to do, to make, or to work
The word “làm” has many meanings, but I’ll show you the most common ones. The first meaning of “làm” is “To do”
Bạn đang làm gì?
“What are you doing?” (literally “You are doing what?”)
The second meaning of “làm” is To make
where “đồ ăn” means food, “cho ảnh” means for him
Another meaning of “làm” is to work. The word to work in Vietnamese, can either be “làm” or “làm việc". For example:
Bạn làm ở đâu?
Where do you work? (literally “You work where?”)
Mình làm việc với John
I work with John
Meaning: to know
where “chỗ” refers to a place in general, “chỗ đó” means that place
Meaning: to speak or to say
where “tiếng Việt” refers to the Vietnamese language, and “một chút” means a little, a bit
Meaning: to hear, to listen
where “rõ” means clear or clearly
Meaning: to understand
Meaning: to go
where "tuần" means week, “tuần sau” means next weekHow to say Color names in Vietnamese
Meaning: to eat
Note: The word “được” is used to talk about being able to do something. So “ăn được” means can eat or able to eat, “không ăn được” means cannot eat or not able to eat
The word “cay” refers to something spicy.
Meaning: to drink
Meaning: to take or to get
where “cái này” means this one
So the verb “Lấy” means “to take”, then we have “lấy cho”, which translates to “to take for someone something” or “to get someone something”. For example:
Meaning: to think
The word “mưa” refers to the “rain” or “to rain”. The phrase “trời mưa” means “it rains”, so “trời sắp mưa” would be “it’s about to rain”.
“Sắp” refers to something that is about to happen.
Meaning: to come to, to arrive
The words “Tới” and “đến” have the same meanings, and they can be used interchangeably.
where “tháng một” means “January”, and “vào tháng một” means “in January”.
The word “sẽ” is a tense marker that we place before a verb, to describe a future action if the context is not clear enough.How to say different Face Parts in Vietnamese
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