I really admire my non-Vietnamese colleagues who have been here for more than a year. They can converse fairly in Vietnamese but using the Southern dialect.
About 2 months ago, I registered for formal lessons in Vietnamese. Learning the 6 different tones was difficult, even for an Asian like me. And I have to constantly remind myself that an "e" is not pronounced as our normal "e". It's either "ay" or "air"... and many more unique sounds and tones.
However, as a true blue Buaya, here are a few words for my Buaya kawans who are planning to visit me in Saigon. Please learn this by heart, enuf said... :P
Note: the following are not written in vietnamese but in "western" sounds that I can think of...
1) hello = sin chao
2) My name is [name] = Toi ten la yi [name]
3) What is your name = Em ten la yi...
4) I am from [country] = Toi den toor [country]
5) I'm very happy to meet you = Ret voo-i durg gap
6) I would love to have some company... = toi ret voo-i durg di ker-ng..
7) Why are you laughing? = vi sao em kur-oi? (and give a biiigggg smile)
8) Is my Vietnamese that bad? = tieng vit koo-ah toi te teh err?
9) You are very beautiful = Em dep lam
10) I like you = Toi thic em
11) Would you like to come back with me? = em kor moo-urn kway tr-er lai vur-oi toi khom?
The rest, I leave it to you guys....
Oh, when the girls reply to you "Come Urn", it means "Thank you" and not Cum On...
Buaya69 says,"Hen gap lai = see you again!"
Buaya69 also says,"No, I don't have her number!!!"