Lesson 6: Questions about family in Vietnamese

Describing your family in Vietnamese is an essential skill for personal conversations and building relationships. “Lesson 6: Questions about family in Vietnamese” covers how to introduce and describe your family members, including vocabulary, sentence structures, and examples.


1. How many siblings do you have?

  • Bạn có bao nhiêu anh chị em?
  • How many siblings do you have?

This is a common question to understand the size of someone’s family. In Vietnam, large families are quite common, especially in rural areas.


2. What do your parents do for a living?

  • Bố mẹ bạn làm nghề gì?
  • What do your parents do for a living?

This question is often used to learn about the occupations of the person’s parents, which can give insights into the family’s background and economic situation.


3. Do you often visit your family?

  • Bạn có thường xuyên về thăm gia đình không?
  • Do you often visit your family?

This question shows interest in the person’s relationship with their family. In Vietnam, visiting family, especially during holidays, is very important.


4. Are you married?

  • Bạn đã lập gia đình chưa?
  • Are you married?

This is a straightforward question to know the person’s marital status. In Vietnamese culture, getting married is often seen as a significant milestone in life.


5. Do you have children?

  • Bạn có con chưa?
  • Do you have children?

This question aims to learn about the person’s children. Having children is often an important and discussed topic in many conversations.


6. Are your grandparents still alive?

  • Ông bà bạn còn sống không?
  • Are your grandparents still alive?

This question is to learn about the older generation in the family and often carries a sense of family history. In Vietnam, grandparents often live with their children and grandchildren and play an important role in caregiving and teaching.


7. Do you like your current family life?

  • Bạn có thích cuộc sống gia đình hiện tại không?
  • Do you like your current family life?

This question is more personal and deeper, aimed at understanding the person’s feelings about their current family life.


8. What do you usually do with your family on weekends?

  • Bạn thường làm gì cùng gia đình vào dịp cuối tuần?
  • What do you usually do with your family on weekends?

This question explores family activities and how the person spends time with their family during leisure days.


9. Does your family have any special traditions?

  • Gia đình bạn có những truyền thống đặc biệt nào không?
  • Does your family have any special traditions?

This question helps uncover special family traditions, providing insights into the cultural and value foundations that the family holds dear.


10. Do you have any memorable moments with your family?

  • Bạn có kỷ niệm nào đáng nhớ với gia đình không?
  • Do you have any memorable moments with your family?

This is a personal and emotional question, aimed at discovering special experiences the person has had with their family.


11. How is your relationship with your parents?

  • Mối quan hệ của bạn với bố mẹ như thế nào?
  • How is your relationship with your parents?

This question delves into the personal relationship between the individual and their parents, helping to understand the family dynamics and bond.


12. Have you learned anything important from your grandparents?

  • Bạn có học được điều gì quan trọng từ ông bà không?
  • Have you learned anything important from your grandparents?

This question seeks to understand the lessons and values imparted by the grandparents, showing the influence of the older generation on the person’s current life.


13. Do you take part in important family decisions?

  • Bạn có tham gia vào các quyết định quan trọng của gia đình không?
  • Do you take part in important family decisions?

This question aims to understand the individual’s role in the family and their level of involvement in significant decisions.


14. How does your family usually celebrate holidays and festivals?

  • Gia đình bạn thường ăn mừng các dịp lễ tết như thế nào?
  • How does your family usually celebrate holidays and festivals?

This question explores the customs and ways in which the family celebrates holidays, showing the unity and joy within the family.


15. Do you keep in touch with your relatives regularly?

  • Bạn có giữ liên lạc thường xuyên với họ hàng không?
  • Do you keep in touch with your relatives regularly?

This question helps understand the extended family relationships and the connections with distant relatives.


Tips for Using Advanced Family Questions

When using advanced questions about family in Vietnamese, keep the following in mind:

  1. Ask Gently: Avoid making the person feel like their privacy is being invaded. Start with lighter questions and gradually move to deeper ones.
  2. Active Listening: Pay close attention and respond genuinely to what the person shares. This not only shows respect but also makes the conversation more comfortable.
  3. Share Personal Stories: Sometimes, sharing your own family stories can create a connection and encourage the other person to open up more.

Questions about family in Vietnamese are not just tools for conversation but also a way to deeply understand each other’s culture and values. When used appropriately, they can lead to meaningful conversations and stronger relationships.


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