Vietnamese Numbers and Counting
How to Count in Vietnamese from 1 to 20
This page is a great place to start if you are looking to learn the basic numbers in Vietnamese. The numbers included on this page currently range from 1 to 20, but as we receive more information, we hope to increase this number.
Included are columns for modern Native Vietnamese (Quốc Ngữ) written with Latin letters, former Native Vietnamese (Chữ Nôm) written with Chinese characters, standard English, and the basic Numerical form for each number.
The most common way to write numbers in Vietnam is listed down the first column titled 'Vietnamese *'. This column has Native Vietnamese numbers written with Quốc Ngữ. Quốc Ngữ is the modern form of Vietnamese writing which uses the Portuguese alphabet (consisting of Latin letters). This form of writing first came into use in Vietnam in the 1920s.
Before this time, it was common for Vietnamese numbers to be written in Chữ Nôm Vietnamese, which was based off Chinese characters. Numbers written in Chữ Nôm have been included in the second column and are sometimes seen in older Vietnamese texts.
Though Chữ Nôm scripted Vietnamese is all but obsolete in today's modern world, I thought it couldn't hurt to include a column for the former way of writing the Vietnamese numbers, just in case you happen to come across the older script in your language learning journey. It is also interesting from a historical point of view for those of you who are learning about the history of Vietnam and its various number systems.
The final two columns in the chart below have the standard English translation (One, Two, Three, etc.) and the basic Numerical symbol (1, 2, 3, etc.) that is used to represent each number.
(Words in bold added during the last update.)
||Chữ Nôm **
* Modern Vietnamese, which uses the Portuguese alphabet, is based on Latin script and first came into use in the 1920s.
** Older texts may still show the Vietnamese numbers written in Chữ Nôm - a script that was formerly used to write Vietnamese.
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21 - 100 / Twenty one - One hundred
1000 / One Thousand