Is that a euphemism
Alabama black snake
Shouldn't "You have one snake" also be accepted?
(classifier con) rắn
1) snake; serpent
From Middle Vietnamese rẳn, from Proto-Vietic p-səɲʔ, from Proto-Mon-Khmer (b)saɲʔ
rắn hổ mang (“cobra”)
From Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/r%E1%BA%AFn
Thanks! Same root as 'bsein' (snake) in the Khasi language of North-east India, I suppose.
Does anyone know how the "r" is pronounced in Southern dialect? Google translate gives a "z" sound similar to the "d" and "gi" letters in Vietnamese, but I believe this is Northern dialect. Thanks
It's pronounced like an "r", similar to English
You are correct. R should be pronounce like r I English. Google gave a dialect sound for r. Which is not its true sound...
Rắn and 蚺（rán, meaning very big snake）from Chinese, are they the same word?
They are not the same word, the Vietnamese "rắn" is derived from a Proto-Austroasiatic word, which is also the origin of the Khmer word "msanh" (the year of snake ).
On the other hand, the Chinese word 蚺 was pronounced as "nhiêm" in Sino-Vietnamese.
no, the character used in Vietnamese is 虫 + 吝 combined together. 蚺 was never used in Vietnamese