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đồ uống ⇢ beverages

nước ⇢ water; drinks (general)

cà phê ⇢ coffee

trà ⇢ tea

nước ép ⇢ juice

sinh tố ⇢ smoothie

nước ngọt ⇢ soft drink

bia ⇢ beer

rượu ⇢ wine

sữa ⇢ milk

đường ⇢ sugar

đá ⇢ ice; iced

lạnh ⇢ cold

nóng ⇢ hot

nhỏ ⇢ small

vừa ⇢ medium

lớn ⇢ large

ở đây ⇢ here

mang về ⇢ to take away (take home); take-away

mang đi ⇢ to take away; take-away


Sentence Patterns

To order food and drinks or to ask someone for something, use the pattern below which literally means "Give me ..."

CHO + pronoun + something

Note that in services, if the waiter/seller is around your generation, to show politeness, he or she would address you as anh or chị, and add the final particle at the end of each sentence.

Here are some essential phrases that you can use to order drinks in Vietnamese.


Q: Anh muốn uống gì ạ?
⇢ What do you want to drink?

Q: Chị muốn uống gì ạ?
⇢ What do you want to drink?

Q: Size nhỏ, vừa hay lớn ạ?
⇢ Small, medium or large size?

Q: Uống ở đây hay mang đi ạ?
⇢ Drinking here or take away?

A: Cho anh 1 cà phê sữa ít đá
⇢ Give me 1 coffee with milk, less ice

A: Cho chị 1 trà đào mang về
⇢ Give me 1 take-away peach tea

A: Size vừa
⇢ Medium size

A: Uống ở đây
⇢ Drinking here


VOCABULARY:

  • không + Noun ⇢ no; without (eg. không đường ⇢ no sugar)
  • ít + Noun ⇢ less (eg. ít đá ⇢ less ice)
  • nhiều + Noun ⇢ more (eg. nhiều sữa ⇢ more milk)

Practice Questions

TASKS:

  1. Translate the sentences
  2. Check the answer key
  3. Write your answers in the comment section below
  • Give me 2 Sài Gòn beers
  • Give me a milk-tea less sugar
  • Give me a strawberry smoothie and a peach tea
  • Give me 1 avocado smoothie take-away
  • Give me 2 mango juices and 1 coffee without milk

Answer Key

  • Cho mình hai bia Sài Gòn
  • Cho mình một trà sữa ít đường
  • Cho mình một sinh tố dâu và một trà đào
  • Cho mình một sinh tố bơ mang về
  • Cho mình hai nước ép xoài và một cà phê không sữa

⇢ Give me 2 Sài Gòn beers
⇢ Give me a milk-tea less sugar
⇢ Give me a strawberry smoothie & a peach tea
⇢ Give me 1 avocado smoothie take-away
⇢ Give me 2 mango juices & 1 coffee without milk



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