09:32 Jan 13, 2003
English to Vietnamese translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: hello

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5Chao + Pronoun
Shane Wall
3Chao ong
Hazel Whiteley



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Chao ong

I believe this may mean "Good day"

Pronounced: Dzhow ong

According to: http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/hello/vietnamese.html

    Reference: http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/hello/vietnamese.html
Hazel Whiteley
Local time: 23:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in SpanishSpanish

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neutral  Shane Wall: On the right track Hazel, It means "Hello" when said to an older man.
10 mins
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Chao + Pronoun

Hi Atun,
Chao {Chow) literally means "Hello", but it is not used by itself, it is followed by a personal pronoun.

Ong = man quite older than speaker
Ba = woman quite older than speaker
Anh = man slightly older than speaker
Chi = woman slightly older than speaker
Co = young woman
Em = man/woman younger than speaker
Con = a child

There are many more, but these are the main ones we use.


Warm regards,


Shane Wall
Local time: 05:27
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in VietnameseVietnamese
PRO pts in pair: 53
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