Eating and Drinking

1. Learn how to describe your daily meals.

Daily Meal Bữa ăn hàng ngày 
To have breakfast Ăn sáng 
To have lunch Ăn trưa 
To have dinner Ăn tối 
Everyday Mỗi ngày / hàng ngày 
Dessert Tráng miệng 
Breakfast Điểm tâm 
Normally Thường 
  • In Vietnamese, there are many words for rice. For example: “gạo” is uncooked rice, and “cơm” is cooked rice.

2. Learn how to invite someone to eat.

In a Vietnamese family dinner, there are some traditions or rules have been followed, especially for the young.

  • The younger should invite the elder to eat the food before eating. This is called “mời cơm”.
  • Do not take food from the same plate at the same time with another person, but wait until that person finished with taking the food.
  • When getting soup (“canh”), one should put down his chopsticks before holding the soup spoon. Do not hold the chopsticks and the soup spoon at the same time.
  • When eating or drinking soup, try not to make noise.

3. Practice

How many meals do you have a day? Bạn ăn mấy bữa một ngày? 
Three meals. Ba bữa. 
What are these meals? Đó là những bữa nào? 
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bữa sáng, bữa trưa và bữa tối.