Lesson 14: Asking prices and bargaining in Vietnamese

Understanding how to ask prices and bargain is an essential skill when shopping in Vietnam. “Lesson 14: Asking prices and bargaining in Vietnamese” provides you with the necessary vocabulary, phrases, and cultural tips to navigate these situations effectively.


Asking Prices

1. Basic Phrases to Ask Prices:

  • Giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much does it cost?

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  • Cái này giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is this?

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  • Chiếc áo này giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is this shirt?

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  • Cái túi này bao nhiêu tiền?
  • How much is this bag?

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2. Asking for Price per Unit:

  • Bao nhiêu một cái?
  • How much for one?

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  • Bao nhiêu một cân?
  • How much per kilogram?

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  • Bao nhiêu một lít?:
  • How much per liter?

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3. Asking for Total Cost:

  • Tổng cộng là bao nhiêu?
  • What is the total cost?

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  • Tất cả bao nhiêu?
  • How much for everything?

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4. Specific Items:

  • Một cân táo giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is one kilogram of apples?

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  • Một chai nước giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is a bottle of water?

Bargaining

1. Expressing Interest:

  • Tôi muốn mua cái này.
  • I want to buy this.

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  • Cái này đẹp quá!
  • This is very nice!

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2. Asking for a Discount:

  • Bạn có thể giảm giá không?
  • Can you give me a discount?

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  • Giảm giá một chút được không?
  • Can you reduce the price a little?

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  • Bớt một chút được không?
  • Can you lower it a bit?

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3. Counter-Offers:

  • Tôi trả [price] được không?
  • Can I pay [price]?

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  • [Price] nhé?
  • [Price] okay?

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  • Giá cuối cùng là bao nhiêu?:
  • What is your final price?

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4. Accepting and Declining Offers:

  • Được, tôi lấy.
  • Okay, I’ll take it.

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  • Đắt quá, tôi không mua.
  • Too expensive, I won’t buy it.

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  • Cảm ơn, tôi sẽ xem thêm.
  • Thank you, I will look around more.

Practice Dialogues

Dialogue 1: Buying Fruit at a Market

  • Cái này giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is this?

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  • Ba mươi nghìn đồng một cân.
  • Thirty thousand dong per kilogram.

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  • Giảm giá một chút được không?
  • Can you reduce the price a little?

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  • Hai mươi lăm nghìn đồng nhé?
  • Twenty-five thousand dong, okay?

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  • Được, tôi lấy hai cân.
  • Okay, I’ll take two kilograms.

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Dialogue 2: Bargaining for a Shirt

  • Chiếc áo này giá bao nhiêu?
  • How much is this shirt?

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  • Năm trăm nghìn đồng.
  • Five hundred thousand dong.

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  • Giảm giá được không? Bốn trăm nghìn đồng nhé?
  • Can you give a discount? Four hundred thousand dong, okay?

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  • Không được, bốn trăm năm mươi nghìn đồng là giá cuối cùng.
  • No, four hundred fifty thousand dong is the final price.

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  • Được, tôi mua.
  • Okay, I’ll buy it.

Cultural Tips for Bargaining

  1. Politeness: Always be polite and friendly. Smiling and using respectful language can go a long way.
  2. Starting Low: When bargaining, start with a lower price than what you are willing to pay and gradually increase your offer.
  3. Be Reasonable: Don’t offer an unreasonably low price. This might offend the seller.
  4. Body Language: Positive body language, such as nodding and smiling, can help create a good rapport with the seller.
  5. Know When to Stop: If the seller refuses to lower the price further, know when to accept or walk away politely.
  6. Local Prices: Familiarize yourself with typical prices for goods to avoid being overcharged.

Mastering the art of asking prices and bargaining in Vietnamese can enhance your shopping experience in Vietnam. This guide provides you with essential phrases, practice dialogues, and cultural tips to help you navigate these interactions smoothly. Practice these phrases to feel more confident and enjoy the vibrant market culture of Vietnam.


Lesson 15: Practice shopping situations in Vietnamese