Vietnamese for Beginners: How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese

Vietnamese for Beginners: How to Introduce Yourself in Vietnamese

Introducing yourself in Vietnamese is the first step to connecting with native speakers and immersing yourself in Vietnamese culture.  In this blog post, I’ll provide a comprehensive guide for beginners on how to introduce themselves in Vietnamese, complete with pronunciation tips and useful phrases.

Understanding Vietnamese Names:

Before diving into introductions, it’s important to understand Vietnamese names and naming conventions. Vietnamese names typically consist of three parts: the family name (họ), the middle name (tên đệm), and the given name (tên). For example, in the name “Nguyễn Văn A”, “Nguyễn” is the family name, “Văn” is the middle name, and “A” is the given name.

Basic Introductions:

  1. Xin chào! Tôi là [Your Name].
    English Pronunciation: Sin chow! Toy la [Your Name]. Translation: Hello! I am [Your Name].
  2. Rất vui được gặp bạn.
    English Pronunciation: Raht voo duhk gap ban. Translation: Nice to meet you.

Providing Additional Information:

  1. Tôi đến từ [Your Country].
    English Pronunciation: Toy den tuh [Your Country]. Translation: I am from [Your Country].
  2. Tôi sống ở [Your City].
    English Pronunciation: Toy sowng uh [Your City]. Translation: I live in [Your City].
  3. Tôi là sinh viên / nhân viên.
    English Pronunciation: Toy la sinh vee-en / nyahn vee-en. Translation: I am a student / employee.

Asking About Others:

  1. Anh/chị/em tên là gì?
    English Pronunciation: Ahn/chee/em ten la zee? Translation: What is your name? (used respectfully)
  2. Anh/chị/em đến từ đâu?
    English Pronunciation: Ahn/chee/em den tuh daow? Translation: Where are you from?

Expressing Gratitude:

  1. Cảm ơn bạn!
    English Pronunciation: Kahm uhn ban! Translation: Thank you!
  2. Rất vui được gặp bạn!
    English Pronunciation: Raht voo duhk gap ban! Translation: It’s nice to meet you!

Closing Remarks:

  1. Hẹn gặp lại!
    English Pronunciation: Hen gap lie! Translation: See you again!
  2. Chúc bạn một ngày tốt lành!
    English Pronunciation: Chook ban mot ngay toht lahn! Translation: Have a good day!

Tips for Pronunciation:

  • Pay attention to Vietnamese tones. Vietnamese is a tonal language, so changing the tone of a word can change its meaning.
  • Practice speaking slowly and clearly, focusing on correct pronunciation of each syllable.
  • Listen to native speakers and mimic their pronunciation to improve your own.


Introducing yourself in Vietnamese is a valuable skill that will help you connect with native speakers and navigate Vietnamese culture with confidence.

By mastering basic introduction phrases and understanding Vietnamese naming conventions, you’ll be well-equipped to introduce yourself effectively in various situations.

So, go ahead and practice these phrases, and get ready to make meaningful connections with Vietnamese speakers! 🇻🇳👋