How to say good / bad in Vietnamese: Tốt / Xấu

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How to say good / bad in Vietnamese: Tốt / Xấu

Learning Vietnamese for travel or study? Let’s try this term:

To say good / bad in Vietnamese: Tốt / Xấu
Say it out loud: “Tow / Sao

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Some more helpful words in our Vietnamese Courtesy/Questions category:

...the bathroom – Nhà Tắm  (Nya Tahm)
come with me – Đi Với Tôi  (Di Vuhy Toy)
do you speak english? – Bạn Có Nói Tiếng Anh Không?  (Ban Caw Noi Tien Anh Khom?)
excellent – Tuyệt Vời  (Dweeit Vuhy)
excuse me – Xin Lổi  (Sin Loy)
good / bad – Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)
how do you say…? – Bạn Nói Như Thế Nào …  (Ban Noy New Te Now)
how much is this? – Bao Nhiêu?  (Bao Nyoo)
may I? (point at chair, door) – Tôi Có Thể...?  (Toy Caw Te…?)
maybe – Có Thể  (Caw Te)
no problem – Không Vấn Đề Gì  (Khom Vuhn De Yee)
please – Làm Ơn  (Lam Uhn)
sorry – Xin Lỗi  (Sin Loy)
thank you – Cảm Ơn  (Kam Uhn)
what is that? – Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)
where is… – ...Ở Đâu?  (...Uh Dow?)
yes / no – Có / Không  (Caw / Kom)
you are welcome – Không Có Chi  (Khom Caw Chee)

And here’s how to say good / bad in other languages!

Arabic–Jayed / Saye'  (ja yed / sa yeh)
Chinese–Hǎo / Bùhǎo  (Hao / Boo Hao)
Croatian–dobro / loše  (doe bro / lō shay)
Czech–dobrý / špatný  (doe BREE / schpaht NEE)
Finnish–hyvä / huono  (hih vah / who oh noh)
French–bon / mauvais  (boh / moo vay)
German–gut / schlecht  (goot / shlest)
Italian–buono / male  (boo ohn oh / mah lay)
Japanese–Ii / Warui  (Ee /Wah Roo Ee)
Korean–Johayo. / Nappayo.  (Jo Ah Yo. / Na Bba Yo.)
Polish–dobry / zły  (do' bree / zlee)
Portuguese–Bom / Mau  (bohm / mah-oo)
Russian–horosho / ploho  (hah rah shoh / ploh hah)
Spanish–bueno / malo  (bway no / mah lo)
Swahili–nzuri / mbaya  (n zoo' ree / mm by' uh)
Thai–Di/Mai Di  (dee/MAI dee)
Turkish–iyi / kötü  (ee yay / kuh tuh)
Vietnamese–Tốt / Xấu  (Tow / Sao)

Something good is one that pleases you while something bad is one that doesn't please you. This words are opposite of each other and are used to identify one feelings about something e.g. on the first trip in the native land, your host may ask you "was the experience today "good / bad" (Tốt / Xấu)? Get instant access to the Vietnamese Language Set.

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Dang Van Tram
Biography: Hi, my name is Tram. I am originally from Quang Ngai City in central Vietnam, and now am living and working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as a freelancer. I have a couple vacation apartment rentals in HCMC hosted on AirBNB.
Born: Quang Ngai City, Vietnam
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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