Asking how khổng lồ say “I love you” in Vietnamese is kind of like asking “What foods should I eat right now?”. There’s no simple answer.
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There are many factors that influence what food you should eat right now. How hungry are you? What time of day is it? What toàn thân type vày you have?
There’s no simple way khổng lồ say “I love you” in Vietnamese. Instead, it opens up a complexity of situations and options.
Why? Because there are so many pronouns used in Vietnamese that there’s no simple way to say “I” & there’s no simple way khổng lồ say “you”. Both depend on context, age, and your relationship khổng lồ the person you are speaking to.
This means that saying “I love you” to lớn your father uses completely different pronouns than “I love you” to lớn your husband or your daughter.
But this makes Vietnamese even richer! và don’t worry, I’m here to help you.
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How do You Say “I Love You” In Vietnamese?
There isn’t only one way lớn say “I love you” in Vietnamese. The phrase you can use depends on who you’re talking to.
If you’ve been learning Vietnamese, you might know that pronouns are rather complex and challenging to grasp, even for native Vietnamese speakers. This post, however, is going to make your life (& hopefully love life) much easier!
If you’re reading this, then chances are good that there’s someone in your life who you love that speaks Vietnamese. Whether it’s your girlfriend, boyfriend, or step-dad, the more you learn about theVietnamese languageand culture, the more that person will appreciate it, & the more they’ll actually see that you do love them!
How vị You Say “Love” In Vietnamese?
In Vietnamese,yêuandthươngare both translated khổng lồ “love” in English, but they have slightly different connotations.
Yêuis a more intense & passionate size of love. It is often used to describe lãng mạn love, và it implies a strong emotional connection.
Thươngis a more gentle and compassionate khung of love. It is often used khổng lồ describe the love between family members, friends, và even pets. It implies a deep sense of caring & a willingness to lớn sacrifice for the person or thing that one loves.
This word is more frequently used in social contexts or casual settings (though it’s still rarely used relative lớn the west. More on that below) lượt thích when you would say “I love you” in a casual setting after saying goodbye: “Bye! Love ya!”
In short,yêuis more about the feeling of being in love, whilethươngis more about the kích hoạt of loving. You can also combine the words, creating a more powerful usage of the word love:yêu thương.
Now that we know the words for love, let’s dive into the pronouns so you don’t make a huge mistake!
My wife, Dung, and I.
Finding The Pronoun So You Can Say “I Love You” In Vietnamese Correctly
Here are the most common pronouns you will come across.Tôi-: “I, Me” (formal)Bạn-: “Friend”Mình-: “Me” (informal)Bố/Ba/Cha– “Father”Má/Mẹ– “Mother”Cháu/Con– “Son/Daughter”, “Grandson/GranddaughterGrandaughter”Anh– “Older brother”Chị– “Older sister”Em– “Younger brother/sister”Ông– “Grandfather”Bà– “Grandmother”Bác/Chú– “Uncle”Cô/Dì– “Aunt”
Whether you want khổng lồ learn how lớn say “I love you” in Vietnamese khổng lồ a guy or “I love you” lớn a girl, it’s crucial that you get the pronouns right.
There is a learning curve, và it can definitely be confusing at the beginning, but don’t worry. I’ve made many mistakes using the wrong pronouns, và Vietnamese people are very forgiving.
The bright side is that once you figure it out, Vietnamese people will appreciate your understanding of the language & culture và it’ll be obvious that you aren’t a raw beginner.
For example, I’ve lived in Vietnam for over 5 years now, and when I greet a stranger on the street or at a restaurant in Vietnamese, they can usually tell that my Vietnamese is at a high level because I use the correct pronouns (most of the time… I still make mistakes!