Lesson 1: Thank You, You’re Welcome & No Problem In Vietnamese

by Team EDV on June 21, 2009

Lesson 1: How to say Thank You, Thank You Very Much, You’re Welcome, and No Problem

Thank You is pronounced Cám Ơn
Thank You Very Much = Cám Ơn Rất Nhiều
You’re Welcome = Không Có Chi
No Problem = Không Sao

Scenario 1: At The Grocery Store

Cashier: Your total is ten dollars = Tất cả là mười đồng
Customer: Here is ten dollars = Đây là mười đồng
Cashier: Thank you = Cám ơn
Customer: You’re welcome = Không có chi

Scenario 2: In The Streets

Person 1: Do you know where this place is? = Có biết chổ này ở đâu không?
Person 2: It is right over there = Ở bên kia
Person 1: Thank you very much = Cám ơn rất nhiều
Person 2: No problem = Không sao

{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Thomas June 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I have the utmost respect for what you guys are doing for the viet youth community. I bet all our parents are going to love you so much for this ;)

All my best goes out to ya! Wish you nothing but success,


2 Carlin June 23, 2009 at 6:06 am

Looks like a good start :)

What’s your twitter page? mine is @CarlinTran

3 Loc June 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Scenario 3: Online

Loc: “Cam on” for this bomb ass website. This will teach my non-vietnamese-speaking boyfriend how to behave in Vietnam and around the parents.

Everydayviet.com: “Khong co chi”

4 Vi June 25, 2009 at 9:29 am

This is great! But could you also add the phonetics or english words that sound like them…? for us on the slower end of the learning curve, this would be so helpful! Thanks and many props!

5 Thanh June 26, 2009 at 2:06 pm

awesome! my viet is horrible and i don’t have the time to take a class but I want to get better. This is a grea resource with really pretty actresses! I have more problems with the phonetics as well and I have no idea what the alphabet is.

For the phonetics, a closeup of the mouth/lips/tongue is helpful. I’m learning a some Mandarin and if I didn’t look at my tutor’s mouth I would never be able to pronounce it…

Keep up the great work!

6 Stephanie June 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

This is very great! Thank very much for your help!
For the phonetics, i’ve heard about differences between nothern and southern vietnamese pronunciation. Which one do you use in this video?

7 Mindy June 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

This actually is a really good site!!! I like how the backgrounds in the scenarios are so “real”

You guys are doing a REALLY good job!

8 Ash June 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

As a foreigner working in Vietnam, this is EXACTLY the kind of website I’ve been looking for. A great introduction and helpful review. I hope future lessons will be as clear and instructive. Chuc mung!!

9 Binh June 29, 2009 at 6:23 pm

hahaha, LOVE IT guys! cant wait for the next ones!

10 Tam June 30, 2009 at 3:43 am

Nice work. Unfortunately you have it completely wrong.

Your Welcome = không có gì…… no chi

it would be helpful if it was correct.

11 Shortie June 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Can you guys do a video on the alphabet and the accent marks? I really want to learn the Vietnamese language, and it would help to know the very basics. Also, is this the southern vietnamese that you are teaching? Keep up the good work!

12 MT July 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Stephanie – This is southern Vietnamese pronunciation.

Tam – “You’re welcome” can also be be “Khong co chi.” I’ve heard both.

Keep up the good work guys! =)

13 KonstantinMiller July 6, 2009 at 8:06 pm

I have been looking looking around for this kind of information. Will you post some more in future? I’ll be grateful if you will.

14 Hong Vo July 10, 2009 at 2:10 pm

For “no problem” in this context, wouldn’t it be, “Khong co chi?” Or can you use it either way? I always thought that if someone bumps into you or something and they say sorry in Vietnamese then you could respond with “Khong Sao.”

I like the videos! They’re cute and useful for those who aren’t very familiar with Vietnamese.

15 BaoTian July 11, 2009 at 3:37 am

It’s a nice idea to learn Tiếng Việt online but
there was an mistake in the sentence:

“không có chi” it has to be “không có gì”.
Maybe it occurred because of using South Vietnamese Dialect :)

16 Takos July 15, 2009 at 9:47 am

I have to say that Không co gì and không có chi are the same, just different dialects from North to South

17 kit July 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

khong co chi = generally heard by people from middle part of vn, ie hue etc…

khong co gi = generally heard by people from southern part of vn, ie saigon etc…

the context is the same, the distinction is not great, for beginners, it doesnt matter which way u choose to speak.

18 Frankie July 27, 2009 at 9:50 pm

This is really nice. But how about first encounter greetings like “Hello”, “Good morning”, “How are you?”

19 hotspot shield August 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

There’s a wealth of information here. I’ll be back again.

20 John August 5, 2009 at 3:21 am

Are you a professional journalist? You write very well.

21 Miki August 7, 2009 at 12:57 am

I think its great to finally have a proper website to teach everyone vietnamese even if you are not native vietnamese … good work :D

22 Molly August 16, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I love this websit!
ui used to know viet very very well when i lived with my grandparents then i moved. now i know just a few words the ssiple oneslike the ones in lession 1&2. Now i will be able to actually understand and talk to my family back home!

can’t wait for the next lessions! :D

23 Keith September 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Very useful! I have a Vietnamese friend who struggles with his english, so now we can laugh at each other pronouciations! More please!!

24 Dana September 14, 2009 at 9:58 am

Thanks so much for the effort. It’s really a good start for people who are new to Vietnamese. I’m half Viet but I know zero Vietnamese…such a shame xD I’ll check back often from now on! <3

25 Sarah September 23, 2009 at 11:08 am

I agree that this site is awesome! But I’d also like to see a lesson on phonetics and tones. I’m looking forward to learning Vietnamese.

26 T October 1, 2009 at 4:58 am

I’m encouraging my Chinese boyfriend to use this site, much better pronunciation than the stuff on iTunes. Thanks! :)

27 T October 1, 2009 at 5:02 am

I like how people are trying to correct this site. Khong co chi and Khong co gi are one and the same. :P And the woman uses a neutral tone, slightly on the Southern side (definitely not Northern tone). This is more useful for everyday use in the US anyways. If you’re planning to ever go to Northern Vietnam, your accent will stand out no matter what, but they’ll understand you.

28 Vuong November 13, 2009 at 3:14 am

Hay su dung tieng Mien Bac de huong dan

29 Ty James December 1, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Hi my name is ty james and i am going there for a trip on oct and would like to leanr new phrases would you beable to email them to this address tyjames987@hotmail.com thank you for what you have said above aswell

30 Ty James December 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

btw ver nice site thank you

31 Randal Wilson December 22, 2009 at 12:33 pm

Cam on Everydayviet.com for allowing me to begin my journey of Vietnamese. A Few of us plan to visit Veitnam in about a year, so this has helped me hear the inflection and meter of the language!

32 TM January 4, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’ve been looking for something like this forever! I immigrated here with my family when I was three, now I’m 34. I’ve lost so much of my Vietnamese from lack of use, since I don’t live with my parents and am married to a non-Vietnamese person. I want to freshen up on my Vietnamese so that I can teach my son! KUDOS to you guys for what you are doing…it is very much appreciated!

33 Stephany Nguyen January 12, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I am very interested in learning Vietnamese. My fiance and his family are from southern vietnam and I want to talk to them. hahaha
thanks for the site

34 YAP MENG CHWEE June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

The site gives detailed and good learning experience. I like it. Thank you very much!

35 Owen DeLong July 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

This is amazing. It is one of the most innovative approaches I have ever seen to language teaching and I am very much enjoying it. I have only been through the first video so far, and, I intend to review it several more times until the phrases stick in my memory.

However, it felt very rushed the first time through. I’d like to suggest you slow down the cadence of introducing new phrases just a little and perhaps provide some more details on the tonality of syllables in at least some of the early lessons. I think that would be helpful as I begin my journey learning Vietnamese.

I have very little experience with tonal languages. A few words in Thai and Mandarin is about it.

Cám ơn rất nhiều

36 Jay July 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Great Lesson. I hope you could go slow in everyday scenario conversation at least once, so I would have enough time to follow and repeat after you, Donna. Thankssss

37 Jessica July 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

this is very helpful, but in the scenarios you speak so fast that i am unable to figure out the pronounciation of some words.

38 Toy Boy December 6, 2010 at 9:14 am

I find your article and the video so helpful. Thank you!

39 Thanh December 17, 2010 at 2:10 am

Thanks for these fabulous lessons. My Swedish husband is starting to learn Vietnamese using these tutorials, it’s a great start for him. Really helpful with the text appearing alongside the audio. Thanks muchly!

40 Anh Lien Xo February 26, 2011 at 5:46 am

Thank you so much, Donna!
Really love your videos!
And you, too!

41 Kuu April 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

You guys are awesome, I respect you. :3 By watching the video’s I have learned how to say numbers 1-10, Thank You, Thank You Very Much, You’re Welcome, and No Problem. I will be learning more vietnamese. I dated a guy who is part vietnamese and I have a daughter I had with him so she is quarter vietnamese and so beautiful. He doesn’t know vietnamese so I have to learn on my own, I will glady show him and my daughter these video’s so they can learn with me. :) Thank you so much!

42 Dennis Ratering May 29, 2011 at 6:16 am

Great website, my vietnamese parents will be thriiled next time wr visit them in Vietnam! Thanks a lot!

43 zeyna December 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm

cam on thank you so much for this website im not Vietnamese (african) but most of my friends are and in west africa (senegal) their are many Vietnamese people their . and i always wanted to speack to them in vietnamese and if i keep doring this for a month i will so thank you. i mean Cam on

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