When you travel or stay in Vietnam, there will be situations when you want to give a compliment to a Vietnamese friend or simply to express your thoughts about something. For example, when you want to say ‘you are beautiful’ to a woman you like, or when you want to compliment someone’s voice. It would be better when you can say beautiful in Vietnamese and other relating compliments to impress the local Vietnamese people.
After today’s lesson, you will be able to give compliments in Vietnamese in different contexts. Let’s get started!
Say You’re Beautiful In Vietnamese
Saying ‘you’re beautiful’ can motivate people a lot. It can help them feel more confident in their appearance. Giving compliments can also help the giver notice and appreciate what’s good and what they in those around them.
The word ‘beauty’ is translated to ‘vẻ đẹp’ in Vietnamese. You can also use the word ‘vẻ bề ngoài,’ which means ‘appearance’ of a person. To say you’re beautiful in Vietnamese, consider using the following adjectives.
To say someone is beautiful in Vietnamese, use the following sentences:
- Em đẹp! (say it to a woman)
- Anh đẹp! (say it to a man)
- Bạn đẹp! (say it to your friend)
- Bạn rất đẹp! (You’re very beautiful!)
- Bạn đẹp nhất! (You’re the most beautiful one!)
- Bạn đẹp thật! (You’re truly beautiful!)
- Bạn đẹp lắm! (You’re beautiful!)
- Bạn đẹp quá! (You’re so beautiful!)
- Bạn đẹp tuyệt vời! (You’re wonderfully beautiful!)
You can replace the word ‘bạn’ with other Vietnamese pronouns such as anh, cô, chú, etc.
‘Đẹp’ literally means beautiful. It can be used for both males and females and to describe an animal or things as well.
When it comes to women specifically, you can also say ‘đẹp gái.’ On the other hand, ‘Đẹp trai’ is the right phrase to compliment men.
If you want to praise seniors, use ‘đẹp lão’ instead to show your respect. For example, ‘Bà đẹp lão lắm ạ!’ is spoken to a woman who is about 60 years old or older.
How To Say Pretty In Vietnamese?
The Vietnamese translation for the word ‘pretty’ is ‘xinh’, or ‘xinh xắn.’ You only use it when talking to a woman or a girl, especially when they are still young. ‘Xinh’ is not used to praise old people.
You can consider the following sentences to say you’re pretty:
- Em xinh quá!
- Em xinh lắm!
- Em rất xinh!
- Em xinh thật!
You Are So Cute In The Vietnamese Language
‘Cute’ can be translated as ‘đáng yêu’ or ‘dễ thương.’ You can say it to a friend, a kid, or an animal. For instance:
- Em bé thật dễ thương! (The baby is so cute.)
- Bạn thật đáng yêu! (You are so cute!)
Other Ways To Give Compliments On Someone’s Look
In English, you have different words to compliment someone’s look. In Vietnamese, you can also say it in different ways.
‘Duyên dáng’ means ‘graceful.’ When you see a Vietnamese woman wearing Áo dài, the traditional dress in Vietnam, you can say that she is so graceful, or ‘cô ấy thật duyên dáng’ in Vietnamese.
Vietnamese people usually use ‘duyên dáng’ for a woman and rarely use it for a man.
If you want to say a person is attractive, you should use the phrase ‘hấp dẫn.’ For example, say ’em hấp dẫn quá!’ to a woman you like.
The phrase can be used for a man, a woman, and also things or events.
‘Gợi cảm’ means to be sexy. Be careful when saying it to a woman or a man. Usually, people only use ‘gợi cảm’ when talking to the person whom they flirt with.
Give Compliments On Personality
The Vietnamese word for personality is ‘tính cách.’ So when it comes to a personality, you need to use different words to give your compliments. Try the following adjectives in an appropriate context.
Hay, Hay Ho – Cool, Beautiful
When you like someone because of their personality, their stories, or what they do, you can say ‘Bạn hay quá!’ or ‘Tính cách của bạn hay ho quá!’.
If you want to say ‘your voice is very beautiful,’ use this sentence ‘giọng bạn hay quá!’.
Tốt – Good
‘Tốt’ means good. You can also say ‘tốt bụng,’ which means kind and helpful. Below are some examples:
- Bạn là một người tốt. (You are a good person)
- Anh ấy rất tốt bụng. (He is very kind)
Thú Vị – Interesting
The meaning of the phrase ‘thú vị’ is interesting. It can be used to describe a person, things, or events. For example:
- Cô gái đó rất thú vị! (That girl is very interesting)
- Câu chuyện này thật thú vị! (This story is truly interesting)
- Buổi hoà nhạc hôm trước thú vị lắm! (The last concert was very interesting)
Now you know how to say beautiful in Vietnamese and other phrases for praising people. However, for different people and contexts, remember to use a suitable way to give your compliment so that you can avoid misunderstanding. For example, when complimenting an elderly person, don’t use the word ‘gợi cảm’ but ‘đẹp lão’ instead.
Learning how to pronounce the words and phrases in the right tones is also important because Vietnamese is a tonal language. Make sure you know all 6 Vietnamese tones and pronounce them accurately.
How about when someone says that you’re beautiful? Learn these ways to say thank you in Vietnamese to impress them!