I thought the word "khoẻ" literally translated as 'healthy', so my Vietnamese friends have told me. Also, can someone shed light on whether how are you? ( bạn khỏe không?) is an acceptable question during the beginning of a conversation? because i've been told by a few different locals that the phrase "bạn khỏe không" meaning is sort of implying they have been sick recently? If so, I don't want people to presume I think they look sick haha
"Bạn khỏe không?" to me is a perfectly acceptable question to start a conversation. You're basically asking how's their health, which essentially means "How are you?". It's the best fit for the translation. I speak with a southern dialect and everyone I know starts a conversation like that. Maybe your friends and your different locals speak with a different dialect? Just thought I'd add my two cents.
I know you guys have mentioned not talking about the crazy pronouns in Vietnamese, but I am trying to sort out how and when to use them. In this instance, would "Tôi khoẻ, cảm ơn" be more or less polite than "Tôi khoẻ, cảm ơn bạn"? I know bạn is something to be used with people you're more familiar with/your peers, but is it considered rude to omit the pronoun entirely? Thanks! I leave for Vietnam in a couple weeks and would really prefer not being rude while I'm there.
There is virtually no difference between "cảm ơn" and "cảm ơn bạn". It is true that "cảm ơn bạn" addresses directly to the person who is familiar to you or having on the same level of social role (age, job, title...) but that also indicates you should not use "cảm ơn bạn" with whoever is older or having higher social status than you.
it's just very difficult to type (at least in telex). if you type khoer you get khỏe and you don't get to choose where to place the tone. the only way i can think of is to type kher (to get khẻ) and then add the o, which is kind of annoying to do on a phone. is there an easier way to get khoẻ?
May I ask what keyboard app and what mobile OS you are using to type Vietnamese? VN keyboards these days allow you to freely type diacritics without worrying much about errors.
You can check if your keyboard has these options:
type using methods such as TELEX (use foreign or easy-to-reach letters to add diacritics) or VNI (use number row to add diacritics).
type diacritics right after each letter (slower but it helps you remember the way you HANDWRITE words) or at the end of each word (faster and with more freedom);
express tone marks as 'oẻ' (modern style) or 'ỏe' (old-school style).
This page is useful to learn about rules of VN diacritics and to practice typing using different methods. http://just.nicepeople.free.fr/Vietnamese-Typing.htm#PlaceOfAccent
Have fun learning! :)
I'm native speaker. I cant explain to you clearly but every words have "oe" "oa" "uy" "uê" "ươ" "uô", the have "dấu thanh" (sorry i dunno what's it called in English) in the after letter. "Khỏe" is wrong, i cant even type it by myself because the VNese keyboard dont let me do that.
Here, you can see two examples using khoẻ:
Khoẻ, cám ơn. Bạn thì sao? (the translation would be: Fine, thanks. How about you?
http://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/vietnamese.php (reply to 'How are you?')
Khoẻ, cảm ơn (the translation would be: Fine, thank you.)
http://wikitravel.org/en/Vietnamese_phrasebook (in 'Phrase list - Basics' section)
In my learning experience, em, chị, cô, and bà can mean female "you", however they stand for difference ages. em= younger than you, ex your younger sibling, it can use for both boy and girl. chi= elder sister cô= aunt bà= old lady, grand mother.
As for Anh, it is only used for male.
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