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14 Essential Vietnamese Phrases for Successful Business Negotiations

How Does This Affect My Business?

 

Vietnam’s fight for sovereignty has given its people a deep sense of pride for their nation. This Vietnamese patriotism can affect your business negotiations, especially if you’re criticizing Vietnam.

 

Giving important events the respect they deserve is essential in Vietnamese culture. It shows that you value Vietnam both as a tourist, and as a potential business client.

 
People waving Vietnam flags in a sunset

A great way to show that you appreciate Vietnam’s culture is by learning their language. This will show that you’re invested in Vietnam, and in doing business in Vietnam.

 

Giving important events the respect they deserve is essential in Vietnamese culture. It shows that you value Vietnam both as a tourist, and as a potential business client.

 

Speaking Vietnamese will help in your global business as well. It’s the sixth most spoken language in the US, and spoken by 68 million people worldwide.

 

Here are 14 Vietnamese phrases to help your business find success in Vietnam.

 

Greeting

Xin chao (pronounced seen chow) = “Hello.

 

Ten toi la… (ten thoy la…) = “My name is…

 

Ten ban la gi (ten bang la zi) = “What is your name?

 

Tam biet (tarm byeet) = “Goodbye.”

 

 

You should greet Vietnamese business clients by saying Xin chao + given name + title.

Since Vietnamese is a tonal language, the way you pronounce Xin Chao could have six meanings. Listen to an audio sample before your trip to Vietnam so you can nail the greeting.

 

Anh = “he” (formal)

 

Chi =”she“(formal)

 

 

Seniority and respect is a key part of Vietnamese culture. Using the correct tone will build face for everyone and is sure to impress.

 

Cam on (kahm uhn) = “Thank you.

 

Vietnamese culture has similarities to other Asian cultures, such as saving face. One key aspect of face is being grateful for everything you receive from your host. This includes thanking your Vietnamese host for gifts, meals and business cards.

 

Business

 
Street Vendor selling vegetables in Vietnam

 

Bao nhieu (baow nyew) = “How much?

 

Mac qua (mac wa) = “Too expensive.”

 

Toi muon mua (toi mu-on mua) = “I want to buy.

 

Em dep qua (Em dep wah) = “You are very beautiful.

 

Anh dep trai qua (Anh dep wah) = “You are very handsome.

 

You can use these phrases as a tourist, or if your business is looking for a Vietnamese supplier.

 

Haggling is a large part of Vietnam’s market life, so you should be able to practice both during your stay. A way for foreigners to get the best price at a Vietnam market is by complimenting the Vietnamese seller.

 

Eating

Chi oi = “Excuse me.” (waitress)

 

Anh oi = “Excuse me.” (waiter)

 

Cho toi cai menu duonc khong (cho toy khai menu duuc khom) = “May I have the menu?

 

Cho toi cai nay (chor toi kah nai) = “I would like to have this.

 

Tinh tien (din ting) = “Can I have the bill?

 

 

It’s important that you ask for the bill, as Vietnamese waiters and waitresses won’t bring it to you otherwise.

 

Final Thoughts

 

All citizens like to hear that their country is great. When you’re doing business in Vietnam, it’s important that you use this to your advantage. Strengthen your business relationship by immersing yourself in the Vietnamese culture.

 

It could mean the difference between success and failure for your business.


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