Communicating in Vietnam, especially digital, is actually getting better by the day, just as it is in many other countries of the world.
There is now internet access in all major hotels, postal services are generally reliable and their offices are open from dawn till dusk, including on weekends and holidays. Usually, making local phone calls from hotels and restaurants are free of charge. However, all the aforementioned are useful, more often than not in communicating with people far away.
This article would show you how to you interact effectively and efficiently with people around you, without causing any fuss.
TIPS ON VERBAL COMMUNICATION IN VIETNAM
1. Always be polite when asking for anything. The Vietnamese people are naturally quiet, anything otherwise might put them off.
2. While English is commonly spoken, especially where there are a lot of tourists; it is never a bad idea to learn a few local words, just in case you find yourself boxed up in a corner.
Here are some you should consider learning.
• Yes - vang (north), da (south)
• No - khong
• Thank you - Cámơn
• I’m sorry - Xin lỗi
• Can you help me? Ban co the giup toi duoc khong?
• No problem/you’re welcome Khong co gi
• Do you speak English? Ban co noi duoc tieng Anh khong?
• Where’s the… toilet? Nha ve sinh o dau?
• Hello - Xin chào
• Goodbye - Tạmbiệt
• How are you? Ban co khoekhong?
• Nothing too spicy, please - Lam on moi thu khong qua cay
• I’m vegetarian - Toi an chay
• Hot (spicy) - Cay
• How much?- Bao nhieu?
• Beer - Bia
• It is too expensive - Mắcquá
• Do you have something cheaper? - Bạn có cái nào rẻ hơn không?
TIPS ON NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION IN VIETNAM
1. In Vietnam, just like in Africa,there is a lot of emphasis on showing respect to elders or people who hold senior positions. One of the golden rules while talking to such people is to avoid a direct eyecontact with the person. A direct eye contact with a person who is of higher status could mean rude or deep passion (if the person is at the opposite sex). When subordinatesand juniors receive or give something to the seniors, objects should be passed withboth hands.
2. While a handshake is acceptable between two men, and also between a man anda woman, it is rarely used between two women.
3. Locals consider kissing people on cheek, as a substitute for greetings,as too intimate and impolite.
4. Vietnamese may feel offended if you pat or touch their heads or their backs.This is because they see the top of the head as their most important body part.
5. When entering a Vietnamese home, you should not wear your shoes in their house.
6. Do not point your finger at other people. This action is considered rude and impolite.
7. Avoid giving yellow chrysanthemums to Vietnameseas this flower is closely associated with funerals.
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