Present Tense

Vietnamese Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Vietnamese. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. 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.

Present Tense in Vietnamese

Present Vietnamese Audio
I see youTôi nhìn bạn
I write with a penTôi viết với một chiếc bút
You love applesBạn thích những quả táo
You give moneyBạn đưa tiền
You play tennisBạn chơi tennis
He reads a bookAnh ấy đọc một quyển sách
He understands meAnh ấy hiểu tôi
She has a catCô ấy có một con mèo
She knows my friendCô ấy biết bạn tôi
We want to learnChúng tôi muốn học
We think Spanish is easyChúng tôi nghĩ Tiếng Tây Ban Nha rất dễ
You (plural) work hereCác bạn làm việc ở đây
You (plural) speak FrenchCác bạn nói Tiếng Pháp
They drive a carHọ lái xe hơi
They smileHọ mỉm cười


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Vietnamese

Accidenttai nạn
Allergydị ứng
Ambulancexe cứu thương
Asthmabệnh hen suyễn
Dangernguy hiểm
Doctorbác sĩ
Headacheđau đầu
Heart attackđau tim
Help megiúp tôi
Hospitalbệnh viện
Pharmacynhà thuốc
Poisonchất độc
Policecảnh sát
Stomach acheđau bụng
Strokeđột quỵ


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Daily Conversation in Vietnamese

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Vietnamese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Vietnamese

Are you okay?anh có sao không?
Call a doctor!gọi bác sĩ
Call the ambulance!kêu xe cứu thương!
Call the police!kêu cảnh sát!
Calm down!hãy bình tĩnh!
I feel sicktôi cảm thấy buồn nôn
It hurts heretôi bị đau ở chỗ này
It's urgent!gấp lắm rồi!
Stop!dừng lại!
Where is the closest pharmacy?nhà thuốc tây gần nhất ở đâu?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Bạn trông thật đẹp! (đối với phụ nữ)
You have a beautiful nameBạn có một cái tên đẹp
This is my wifeĐây là vợ tôi
This is my husbandĐây là chồng tôi

Fun Facts

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Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Vietnamese about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Vietnamese Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Vietnamese homepage.