How to use “chỉ thôi” in Vietnamese | Learn Vietnamese With SVFF

Welcome to SVFF Tiếng Việt giọng miền nam cho người ngước ngoài, your gateway to mastering Vietnamese, especially the Southern dialect! I’m Cô Hạ, and today we will explore the word “chỉ,” a versatile term that translates to “only,” “just,” or “solely” in English.

Watch and Learn

First, let’s watch a brief conversation at the market:

At the Market:

  • Customer: “Em chào chị, cái áo này bao nhiêu vậy?”
  • Vendor: “Cái áo này chỉ 100.000đ thôi, mua đi em.”
  • Customer: “Dạ, em lấy một cái nha chị.”
  • Vendor: “Ủa, lấy một cái thôi hả? Lấy hai cái đi em.”
  • Customer: “Dạ không, em chỉ cần mua một cái, cảm ơn chị.”
  • Vendor: “Ơ ơ, trả tiền.”

This simple exchange introduces the word “chỉ” in a natural context, illustrating how it conveys the sense of “only” or “just.”

Understanding “Chỉ”

“Chỉ” is commonly used to emphasize the smallness or simplicity of a quantity or effort. For instance:

  1. Một ổ bánh mì chỉ 20.000đ thôi.
    • Translation: A loaf of bread costs only 20,000đ.
  2. Từ nhà em tới siêu thị chỉ mất 5 phút đi bộ.
    • Translation: It takes just 5 minutes to walk from my house to the supermarket.
  3. Em đi du lịch ở Hà Nội hai ngày thôi.
    • Translation: I’m traveling in Hanoi for only two days.

Practice with “Chỉ”

Let’s apply what we’ve learned with a short exercise. Translate the following sentences into Vietnamese:

  1. Last night, I only slept for 4 hours.
  2. I only have one cat.
  3. Can I talk to you just for five minutes?

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