Vietnamese Lesson 6 (Numbers and School)

Duration: 30 mins

The 6th lesson teaches counting in cardinal and ordinal numbers in Vietnamese. I also included a vocabulary list about school and finally common daily 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.


Knowing how to count in Vietnamese is essential and should be one of first things to learn. By simply knowing numbers from 1 to 9 you could express large numbers in a simplified way. Cardinal numbers are for counting such as "1, 2, 3 ...". Ordinal numbers represent order or rank such as "1st, 2nd, 3rd ...".

Below is a list of the first 20 cardinal and ordinal numbers that 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.

Numbers in Vietnamese

Numbers Vietnamese Audio
Firstthứ nhất
Secondthứ hai
Thirdthứ ba
Fourththứ tư
Fifththứ năm
Sixththứ sáu
Sevenththứ bảy
Eighththứ tám
Ninththứ chín
Tenththứ mười
Elevenmười một
Elevenththứ mười một
Twelvemười hai
Twelfththứ mười hai
Thirteenmười ba
Thirteenththứ mười ba
Fourteenmười bốn
Fourteenththứ mười bốn
Fifteenmười lăm
Fifteenththứ mười lăm
Sixteenmười sáu
Sixteenththứ mười sáu
Seventeenmười bảy
Seventeenththứ mười bảy
Eighteenmười tám
Eighteenththứ mười tám
Nineteenmười chín
Nineteenththứ mười chín
Twentyhai mươi
Twentieththứ hai mươi
Thirty three (31)ba mươi ba
One hundred (100)một trăm
Three hundred and sixty (360)ba trăm sáu mươi
One thousand (1000)một nghìn
Two thousand and fourteen (2014)Hai nghìn không trăm bốn mươi
One millionMột triệu
Oncemột lần
Twicehai lần

Now we will try to implement some of the numbers above into full Vietnamese sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Vietnamese Numbers in a Sentence

Numbers Vietnamese Audio
I'm 30 years oldTôi năm nay ba mươi tuổi
I have 2 sisters and 1 brotherTôi có 2 chị gái và một anh trai
English is my first languageTiếng Anh là ngôn ngữ đầu tiên của tôi
Her second language is SpanishTiếng Tây Ban Nha là ngôn ngữ thứ hai của cô ấy


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Vocabulary List about School

Below is a list of 26 words related to school and classrooms. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able communicate to a teacher/students many objects in your class.

School Words in Vietnamese

School Vietnamese Audio
Answercâu trả lời
Bookcuốn sách
Bookssổ sách
Dictionarytừ điển
Laptopmáy tính xách tay
Librarythư viện
Notebook (paper notebook)vở viết
Penbút máy
Pencilbút chì
Questioncâu hỏi
Schooltrường học
Studentsinh viên
Teachergiáo viên
Universitytrường đại học


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Daily Conversation in Vietnamese

Finally, a couple bonus sentences that you might find useful. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Vietnamese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Vietnamese

English Vietnamese Audio
I have a questiontôi có một câu hỏi
To listennghe
To readđọc
To speaknói
To thinknghĩ
To understandhiểu
To writeviết
What's the name of that book?cuốn sách đó tên là gì?
What do you do for a living?Bạn làm nghề gì?
I'm a (teacher / artist / engineer)Tôi là (giáo viên / nghệ sĩ / kỹ sư)
Oh! That's good!Ồ! Thật tuyệt!
Can I practice with you?Tôi có thể thực hành với bạn được không?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: Approximately one new word is added to the English language every two hours and around 4,000 new words are added to the English dictionary every year.

Congratulations! You finished your 6th lesson in Vietnamese about numbers, and school terms. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Vietnamese Lesson 7. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Vietnamese homepage.