Vietnamese Lesson 12 (Verbs and Time)

Duration: 30 mins

This is the 12th lesson about Vietnamese verbs, as well as time expressions such as hours, days, and months. Finally some simple common phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Vietnamese Classes.


Before we move on to lessons about the present, past, and future, we need to discuss verbs in general. The verb is the second most used part of speech after the noun. That means we need to pay more attention to its different forms and tenses.

Below is a list of 16 verbs that you might come across or use very often. They are in their raw format (not conjugated yet). The table contains 3 columns (English, Vietnamese, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Verbs List in Vietnamese

Verbs Vietnamese Audio
To driveLái xe
To findTìm thấy
To giveĐưa cho
To haveCó
To knowBiết
To learnHọc
To loveYêu
To playChơi
To readĐọc
To seeNhìn
To smileCười
To speakNói
To thinkNghĩ
To understandHiểu
To workLàm việc
To writeViết

Here is an example of the verb "to understand" conjugated into the past, present, and future.

Verb "to understand" in a Sentence

He understands meAnh ấy hiểu tôi
He understood meAnh ấy đã hiểu tôi
He will understand meAnh ấy sẽ hiểu tôi


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Vocabulary List about Time

Below is a list of 30 words related to time such as hours, days and months. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to discuss time related topics more easily.

Time in Vietnamese

Time Vietnamese Audio
Mondaythứ hai
Tuesdaythứ ba
Wednesdaythứ tư
Thursdaythứ năm
Fridaythứ sáu
Saturdaythứ bảy
Sundaychủ nhật
Januarytháng giêng or tháng một
Februarytháng hai
Marchtháng ba
Apriltháng tư
Maytháng năm
Junetháng sáu
Julytháng bảy
Augusttháng tám
Septembertháng chín
Octobertháng mười
Novembertháng mười một
Decembertháng mười hai
Autumnmùa thu
Wintermùa đông
Springmùa xuân
Summermùa hè
Timethời gian


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Daily Conversation in Vietnamese

Finally, here are some popular phrases you might need to use daily. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Vietnamese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Vietnamese

English Vietnamese Audio
I was born in Julytôi sinh vào tháng bảy
I will visit you in Augusttôi sẽ thăm bạn vào tháng tám
See you tomorrow!hẹn gặp bạn ngày mai
Today is Mondayhôm nay là thứ hai
Winter is very cold heremùa đông ở đây rất là lạnh
Yesterday was Sundayhôm qua là chủ nhật
Are you married?Bạn đã kết hôn chưa?
I'm singleTôi đang độc thân
Would you marry me?Em sẽ lấy anh chứ?
Can I have your phone number?Tôi có thể có số điện thoại của bạn chứ?
Can I have your email?Tôi có thể có email của bạn chứ?

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Congratulations! You finished your 12th lesson in Vietnamese about verbs, and time. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Vietnamese Lesson 13. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Vietnamese homepage.