Lesson 42: Ordering drinks in various settings in Vietnamese

Ordering drinks in various settings in Vietnamese involves using specific phrases and vocabulary that suit different environments such as cafes, restaurants, bars, and street vendors. Here’s a detailed guide to help you navigate these scenarios, including practical dialogues, useful vocabulary, and cultural tips.


Ordering Drinks in a Cafe

Common Phrases and Vocabulary

  • Waiter/Waitress – Nhân viên phục vụ
  • Menu – Thực đơn
  • Cup – Tách
  • Glass – Ly
  • Hot – Nóng
  • Cold – Lạnh

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Example Dialogue

  • Xin chào, tôi muốn gọi đồ uống.
  • Hello, I would like to order a drink.

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  • Xin chào, anh/chị muốn uống gì ạ?
  • Hello, what would you like to drink?

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

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  • Anh/chị có muốn dùng thêm gì không?
  • Would you like anything else?

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  • Không, cảm ơn.
  • No, thank you.

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  • Vâng, tôi sẽ mang đồ uống đến ngay.
  • Yes, I will bring your drink right away.

Ordering Drinks in a Restaurant

Common Phrases and Vocabulary

  • Waiter/Waitress – Nhân viên phục vụ
  • Wine – Rượu vang
  • Beer – Bia
  • Cocktail – Cốc tai
  • Juice – Nước ép

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Example Dialogue

  • Xin lỗi, cho tôi xem thực đơn đồ uống.
  • Excuse me, may I see the drinks menu?

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  • Dạ, đây là thực đơn đồ uống.
  • Sure, here is the drinks menu.

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  • Tôi muốn gọi một ly rượu vang đỏ.
  • I would like to order a glass of red wine.

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  • Anh/chị có muốn dùng thêm nước không?
  • Would you like some water as well?

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  • Có, cho tôi một chai nước khoáng.
  • Yes, give me a bottle of mineral water.

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  • Vâng, tôi sẽ mang đồ uống đến ngay.
  • Yes, I will bring your drinks right away.

Ordering Drinks in a Bar

Common Phrases and Vocabulary

  • Bartender – Nhân viên pha chế
  • Whiskey – Rượu whisky
  • Vodka – Rượu vodka
  • Beer – Bia
  • Ice – Đá

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Example Dialogue

  • Cho tôi một ly cocktail Margarita.
  • Give me a Margarita cocktail.

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  • Anh/chị có muốn thêm đá không?
  • Would you like ice with that?

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  • Có, thêm đá vào.
  • Yes, add ice.

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  • Vâng, đây là cocktail của anh/chị.
  • Here is your cocktail.

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  • Cảm ơn.
  • Thank you.

Ordering Drinks from a Street Vendor

Common Phrases and Vocabulary

  • Vendor – Người bán hàng
  • Juice – Nước ép
  • Smoothie – Sinh tố
  • Sugarcane juice – Nước mía
  • Iced tea – Trà đá

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Example Dialogue

Bác ơi, cho cháu một ly nước mía.

Excuse me, can I have a glass of sugarcane juice?

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  • Có ngay, cháu muốn uống lạnh hay không?
  • Sure, would you like it cold?

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  • Dạ, lạnh ạ.
  • Yes, cold.

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  • Đây là nước mía của cháu.
  • Here is your sugarcane juice.

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  • Cảm ơn bác.
  • Thank you.

Additional Useful Phrases

  • How much is this drink?
  • Đồ uống này giá bao nhiêu?

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  • Can I have the bill, please?
  • Làm ơn cho tôi hóa đơn.

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  • I would like to try a local drink.
  • Tôi muốn thử một loại đồ uống địa phương.

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  • Is this drink sweet/sour/bitter?
  • Đồ uống này có ngọt/chua/đắng không?

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  • Can I have it without ice?
  • Tôi có thể uống mà không có đá được không?

Cultural Insights

  1. Politeness: When ordering drinks in Vietnam, it’s important to be polite and respectful. Using words like “xin” (please) and “cảm ơn” (thank you) is customary.
  2. Local Drinks: Trying local drinks such as nước mía (sugarcane juice) and cà phê sữa đá (iced milk coffee) is highly recommended to experience the unique flavors of Vietnam.
  3. Payment: In cafes and street vendor settings, it is common to pay when you receive your drink. In restaurants and bars, you typically pay after you finish your meal or drinks.

Conclusion

Ordering drinks in various settings in Vietnamese involves understanding specific vocabulary, phrases, and cultural practices. By practicing these dialogues and familiarizing yourself with the terminology, you can confidently order drinks whether you’re at a cafe, restaurant, bar, or street vendor. This not only enhances your language skills but also enriches your cultural experience in Vietnam.


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