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Hello everyone, my name is Cô Linh and I am Cô Thảo Nguyên. We are Vietnamese language teachers at SVFF. Today, we will learn about common words and expressions related to hairstyles and emotions in Vietnamese.

Learning Common Vietnamese Words and Expressions

In this lesson, we will cover a variety of words and expressions that you might hear during a visit to a Vietnamese hair salon. Let’s start with a conversation example and then break down the key vocabulary and phrases.

Conversation Example:

Customer: Hi! Can you cut my hair in a way that looks trendy?

Stylist: Sure, I’ll cut it in the Korean style with thin bangs. This will make you look ten years younger! Also, I can thin your hair because it’s quite thick and hot.

Customer: That sounds good. Should I curl the ends?

Stylist: Of course, with a layered cut, curling the ends will make it look beautiful. I’ll give you soft waves.

Customer: But my hair is a bit frizzy at the top. If we curl it, won’t it look too wild?

Stylist: Don’t worry, I’ll straighten the top part and curl the ends. Or, I can straighten just the inner layers if you prefer.

Customer: That sounds great. I’ll go wash my hair first.

Stylist: Sure, let’s get started!

Key Vocabulary and Phrases

  1. Kiểu tóc (Style)
    • “Kiểu tóc” means hairstyle. For example, “Kiểu tóc Hàn Quốc” refers to a Korean hairstyle.
  2. Máy thưa (Thin Bangs)
    • “Máy thưa” refers to thin bangs, a popular hairstyle feature.
  3. Cắt tóc tầng (Layered Cut)
    • This refers to a layered haircut, which can create volume and reduce thickness.
  4. Uống gợn sóng (Wavy Hair)
    • “Uống gợn sóng” means to curl the hair into soft waves, giving it a wavy texture.
  5. Duỗi thẳng (Straighten)
    • “Duỗi thẳng” means to straighten the hair, often used to manage frizz or create a sleek look.
  6. Nhuộm tóc (Hair Dye)
    • “Nhuộm tóc” means to dye the hair. For example, “nhuộm màu đỏ” means to dye the hair red.
  7. Gội đầu (Wash Hair)
    • “Gội đầu” means to wash the hair. It’s a common service at Vietnamese hair salons.
  8. Máy duỗi tóc (Hair Straightener)
    • This refers to the device used for straightening hair.
  9. Cháy tóc (Burnt Hair)
    • “Cháy tóc” literally means burnt hair, often referring to hair damaged by over-styling.
  10. Làm ăn kỳ (Poor Service)
    • “Làm ăn kỳ” is an expression meaning poor or strange service, often used when dissatisfied with the results.

Practice and Application

Sentence Practice:

  • “Bây giờ kiểu tóc gì đang là mốt?” (What hairstyle is trending now?)
  • “Em thích uống gợn sóng không?” (Do you like wavy hair?)
  • “Anh ơi, cắt tóc tầng cho em nha.” (Please give me a layered cut.)

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