How to say what is that? in Vietnamese: Cái Gì Vậy?

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How to say what is that? in Vietnamese: Cái Gì Vậy?

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

To say what is that? in Vietnamese: Cái Gì Vậy?
Say it out loud: “Kay Yee Vuhy

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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 what is that? in other languages!

Arabic–Ma Haza?  (ma ha za)
Chinese–Nà Shì Shénme?  (Na Shr Shuh Muh?)
Croatian–što je to?  (shtoe yay toe?)
Czech–co to je?  (so toy eh?)
Finnish–mikä tuo on?  (mi kah t uh oh on)
French–Qu'est que c'est  (kehs kuh say)
German–was ist das?  (vahst is dahs?)
Italian–che cos'è?  (chay koh say?)
Japanese–Are Ha Nandesuka?  (Ah Reh Wah Nahnn Dess Kah?)
Korean–Jeogeoneun Mwoyeyo?  (Jo Go Nun Mo Ae Yo?)
Polish–Co to jest?  (Tzo to yest?)
Portuguese–Que É Isso?  (kay eh ee-soo?)
Russian–chto eto takoe?  (shto etah tah koh ye?)
Spanish–¿qué es eso?  (kay ess essō?)
Swahili–nini hiyo  (nee nee hee yo)
Thai–Nan Arai?  (NAHN ah-rai?)
Turkish–bu ne?  (boo nay?)
Vietnamese–Cái Gì Vậy?  (Kay Yee Vuhy)

Dining? On Safari? See something strange? Then you want to ask "what is that?" (Cái Gì Vậy?) to your host or tour guide in Vietnamese before deciding whether you want to engage or take a run! That is the fun part of experiencing other cultures. For more fun phrases, 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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