Lesson 15: Practice shopping situations in Vietnamese

Engaging in shopping situations in Vietnamese is a great way to practice your language skills and immerse yourself in the local culture. “Lesson 15: Practice shopping situations in Vietnamese” provides detailed content on various shopping scenarios, including vocabulary, phrases, dialogues, and cultural tips to help you navigate different shopping environments in Vietnam.


Common Vocabulary

1. General Terms:

  • Mua sắm — Shopping
  • Cửa hàng: Store/Shop
  • Chợ — Market
  • Siêu thị — Supermarket
  • Người bán — Seller
  • Khách hàng — Customer

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2. Items:

  • Quần áo — Clothes
  • Giày dép — Shoes
  • Thực phẩm — Food
  • Đồ uống — Drinks
  • Đồ điện tử — Electronics
  • Đồ gia dụng — Household goods

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3. Prices and Transactions:

  • Giá — Price
  • Tiền — Money
  • Giảm giá — Discount
  • Thanh toán — Payment
  • Tiền mặt — Cash
  • Thẻ tín dụng — Credit card

Practice Dialogues

Situation 1: Buying Clothes at a Market

  • Xin chào, cái áo này giá bao nhiêu?
  • Hello, how much is this shirt?

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  • Chiếc áo này năm trăm nghìn đồng.
  • This shirt is five hundred thousand dong.

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  • Giảm giá một chút được không? Bốn trăm nghìn đồng nhé?
  • Can you reduce the price a little? 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.

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Situation 2: Shopping at a Supermarket

  • Xin lỗi, quầy rau củ ở đâu?
  • Excuse me, where is the vegetable section?

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  • Quầy rau củ ở phía bên trái, gần lối vào.
  • The vegetable section is on the left side, near the entrance.

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  • Cảm ơn, và quầy thịt ở đâu?
  • Thank you, and where is the meat section?

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  • Quầy thịt ở phía sau, cạnh quầy hải sản.
  • The meat section is at the back, next to the seafood section.

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Situation 3: Bargaining for Souvenirs

  • Cái túi này đẹp quá, giá bao nhiêu?
  • This bag is very nice, how much is it?

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  • Ba trăm nghìn đồng.
  • Three hundred thousand dong.

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  • Hai trăm nghìn đồng được không?
  • Two hundred thousand dong, okay?

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  • Không được, hai trăm năm mươi nghìn đồng.
  • No, two hundred fifty thousand dong.

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  • Được rồi, tôi mua cái này.
  • Alright, I’ll buy this one.

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Situation 4: Ordering at a Café

  • Cho tôi một ly cà phê sữa đá.
  • Please give me an iced milk coffee.

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  • Bạn có muốn thêm đường không?
  • Do you want extra sugar?

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  • Không, như vậy là đủ rồi, cảm ơn.
  • No, that’s enough, thank you.

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  • Đây là cà phê của bạn.
  • Here is your coffee.

Cultural Tips for Shopping in Vietnam

  1. Politeness and Respect: Always greet the seller with a smile and a polite greeting like “Xin chào” (Hello) or “Cảm ơn” (Thank you) during and after the transaction.
  2. Bargaining Etiquette: Bargaining is common in markets and smaller shops but not in supermarkets or large retail stores. Start your offer lower than the asking price and negotiate towards a middle ground.
  3. Cash is King: While more places accept credit cards now, cash is still the preferred mode of payment, especially in smaller shops and markets.
  4. Be Patient: Shopping, especially bargaining, can take time. Be patient and enjoy the process as part of the cultural experience.
  5. Know the Local Prices: Familiarize yourself with the local prices to avoid being overcharged. Ask locals for price ranges if you’re unsure.
  6. Language: Even if you don’t speak fluent Vietnamese, using simple phrases and showing effort to speak the language can be appreciated and may even help you get a better deal.

Practice shopping situations in Vietnamese not only helps you improve your language skills but also enriches your cultural experience in Vietnam. This guide provides you with the essential vocabulary, phrases, and dialogues you need to navigate various shopping environments confidently. Remember to practice these phrases regularly, and don’t hesitate to use them in real-life situations to enhance your learning and make your shopping experience more enjoyable.


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