How to use “WE” correctly in Vietnamese? | Learn Vietnamese with SVFF

Welcome to SVFF-Tiếng Việt Giọng Miền Nam cho Người Nước Ngoài, your gateway to mastering Southern Vietnamese! Today, we’re going to explore the nuances of the word “we” in Vietnamese, which can be a bit tricky for learners due to its different forms depending on context and whom you’re speaking with.

Understanding “We” in Vietnamese

In Vietnamese, “we” can be translated as “Chúng tôi” or “Chúng ta,” depending on whether you are including or excluding the listener. However, these are not typically used in everyday Southern Vietnamese speech.

The Nuances of “Chúng tôi” and “Chúng ta”

  • Chúng tôi (Chúng tôi): Used to refer to a group including the speaker but excluding the listener. It’s used when you’re talking about a group you’re part of without involving the person you’re speaking to.
  • Chúng ta (Chúng ta): This form includes both the speaker and the listener, ideal for making inclusive suggestions like “Let’s go have a cup of coffee.”

Everyday Southern Vietnamese Usage

In real-life Southern Vietnamese, the use of “we” adapts to a more colloquial form:

  • Tụi mình: This phrase is used to refer to “we” in everyday conversation, modifying the pronoun based on the relationship and context.

Role-Playing for Better Understanding

We’ve included role-play scenarios in our lesson to help you grasp how these terms are used in various situations. Observing and practicing through role-play can significantly enhance your understanding and usage of these phrases in everyday conversations.

Practice Time

Now, let’s apply what you’ve learned. Translate these situations into Vietnamese, considering the appropriate form of “we”:

  1. Inviting someone for coffee: If you want to invite the person you are speaking to for coffee, how would you say it?
  2. Informing about plans: Suppose you want to inform an elder sister that you and a friend will return home late. What would be the correct way to express this in Vietnamese?

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