Asking directions – Useful Vietnamese

The tricky part here is to get them to understand your question but never give them a chance to simply answer by ‘yes’.

A question like ‘Is this (pointing) the way to the Opera House?’ will lead you nowhere as a ‘yes’ will mean either ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘I don’t know’,

‘I have no clue what you’re talking about’ or ‘I don’t want to talk with foreigners’…Where is … street? “Pho o dau?”.

Excuse me, where are the washrooms? “Xin loi,ve sinh o dau?”.

I need a taxi/mototaxi/ cyclo. “Toi can mot xe taxi/ mot xe om/ mot xi-clo”.

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