One Vietnamese Word A Day: CHÀO

One Vietnamese Word A Day: CHÀO

Chào: v. to greet (used before a term of address, either to say hello or to say goodbye)

  • Chào anh! (to someone perceived to be as old as an older brother)
  • Chào chị! (to someone perceived to be as old as an older sister)
  • Chào em! (to someone perceived to be as young as a younger sibling)
  • Chào ông! (to someone perceived to be as old as a grandfather)
  • Chào bà! (to someone perceived to be as old as a grandmother)
  • Chào con! (to someone perceived to be as young as one’s child)
  • Chào cháu (to someone perceived to be as young as one’s child or grandchild)
  • Chào chú! (to a man old enough to be an uncle)
  • Chào cô! (to a woman old enough to be an aunt)
  • Xin chào! (Generic hello to a general unspecific audience)
  • Xin kính chào quý khách! (Respectful greetings to honored guests/customers)

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