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Recently, we have received many questions about the difference between Northern accent and Southern one in Vietnamese. Some students are even worried if Southern people will understand when they speak Northern accent and vice versa. This seems to be an interesting topic to many Vietnamese learners so we will explore it today.

The 2 main aspects that distinguish Northern from Southern accents are pronunciation and vocabulary. In this post, our main focus is vocabulary.

VOCABULARY is a significant difference

There are many words pronounced and written differently between Southern and Northern although they have exactly same meanings. Please take a look at this table.

Southern AccentNorthern Accentmeaning
muỗngthìaspoon
bìnhbình, lọvase
có bầu, có thaicó bầu, có thaipregnant
ốmgầythin
bệnhốmsick
trễmuộnlate
gây lộn   chửi lộn cãi lộncãi nhau   chửi nhauargue
xe hơiô tôcar
đạp thắnghãm phanhbrake
ôumbrella
khờ   ngudại   ngốc nguStupid
ghê quá thấy ghêeo ôi   sợ thếEwwww
babốfather
mẹmother
heolợnpig
bắpngôcorn
chụpbắt lấy, vồ lấycatch (a ball)
cút đi biến đicút đi   biến đi phắn đi đi đigo away
nhéo ngắtcấupinch
hái hoangắt hoapick a flower
muốn óibuồn nônwant to vomit
xạo ke nói dóc nói dốinói điêu   nói láo khoa trươngtell a lie
chửiquát   mắng chửiscream at/ scold
anh hai chị haianh cả   chị cảThe eldest brother/ sister
mậpbéofat
béongấyfatty

Let’s watch the video below and join our discussion about these differences on Youtube