Vietnamese Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Vietnamese which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used 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.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Vietnamese. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Vietnamese

Questions Vietnamese Audio
How?làm thế nào?
What?những gì?
When?khi nào?
Where?ở đâu?
Why?tại sao?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs 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 Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Tôi có thể đến không?
Can I help you?Tôi có thể giúp bạn không?
Can you help me?Bạn có thể giúp tôi không?
Do you know her?Bạn có biết cô ấy không?
Do you speak English?Bạn có nói được Tiếng Anh không?
How difficult is it?Việc này khó khăn như thế nào?
How far is this?Bao xa?
How much is this?Cái này giá bao nhiêu?
How would you like to pay?Bạn muốn thanh toán bằng cách nào?
What is this called?Cái này được gọi là gì?
What is your name?Tên của bạn là gì?
What time is it?Bây giờ là mấy giờ?
When can we meet?Chúng ta có thể gặp nhau khi nào?
Where do you live?Bạn đang sống ở đâu?
Who is knocking at the door?Ai đang gõ cửa vậy?
Why is it expensive?Tại sao nó lại đắt thế?


If you have any questions, please contact me If you simply want to ask a question, please Vietnamese contact form on the header above.

Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Vietnamese, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Vietnamese

Misunderstanding Vietnamese Audio
Can you repeat?Bạn có thể nhắc lại được không?
Can you speak slowly?Bạn có thể nói chậm lại được không?
Did you understand what I said?Bạn có hiểu những gì tôi vừa nói không?
Don't worry!Đừng lo!
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Làm ơn nhắc lại điều bạn vừa nói
How do you say "OK" in French?Bạn nói ""OK"" bằng Tiếng Pháp như thế nào?
I don't know!Tôi không biết
I don't understand!Tôi không hiểu
I need to practice my FrenchTôi cần thực hành Tiếng Pháp
Is that right?Đúng không vậy?
Is that wrong?Điều đó sai ư?
My French is badTiếng Pháp của tôi rất tệ
No problem!Không sao
Sorry (to apologize)Xin lỗi
To speakNói
What does that word mean in English?Từ đó trong tiếng Anh nghĩa là gì?
What is this?Cái gì đây?
What should I say?Tôi nên nói gì?
What?Cái gì?
What's that called in French?Cái đó trong tiếng Pháp gọi là gì?
Write it down please!Xin hãy viết ra giấy


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Daily Conversation in Vietnamese

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Vietnamese Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Vietnamese

English Vietnamese Audio
HereỞ đây
ThereỞ đó
In The MorningVào buổi sáng
In the eveningVào buổi tối
At NightVào buổi đêm
Really!Thật đó!
Look!Nhìn kìa!
Hurry up!Nhanh lên!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Vietnamese about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Vietnamese Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Vietnamese homepage.