What Does “Một Hai Ba” Mean In Vietnamese?


Một hai Ba is Vietnamese for One Two Three.

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It is approximately pronounced like “Mut” (down-tone) “Hi” (like the greeting) “Ba” (like a sheep).

If you are drinking in Vietnam, you may have heard the expression Một, hai, ba, dô! which means “cheers!” in Vietnamese, or more literally “one, two, three, GO!” — the  is pronounced like yo in Southern Vietnam and lượt thích zoe in Northern Vietnam.

Một Hai cha is also the name of a famous Asian-fusion restaurant in Dallas Texas – MotHaiBaDallas.com . Many of the items on the thực đơn are not traditionally Vietnamese, so, for a more authentic experience, we recommend the Vermicielli noodles or the Phở dishes. Phở is a slow-cooked delicacy in Vietnam (learn more here)

Maps, Address & Menu for Một hai Ba

Address: 6047 Lewis St Dallas, TX 75206 United States

Phone Number: (214) 826-0968

Website: http://mothaibadallas.com

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Pronunciation of “Một nhị Ba”

Vietnamese is a tonal language with 6 different pitch-dynamics that change the meaning of a word (even if the atonal pronunciation is the same). Therefore, to properly pronounce “Một nhị Ba” (especially the Một) requires some study of the musicality of Vietnamese tones (listen khổng lồ the 6 tones here ).

Nonetheless, the best Anglicized approximation of “Một nhì Ba” is pronounced like “Mut” (with an angry-down-pitch), “Hi” (as in Hello) “Ba” (like a sheep).

Both hai and ba have a flat natural tone, just like any normal English word spoken without emphasis. But the lower-dot in một means that the must be spoken with a sharp, down-pitch, lượt thích an angry Japanese accent. That is just one of the 6 Vietnamese tones.

Pronunciation of Numbers in Vietnamese

Vietnamese uses regular arabic numerals, as inherited from the French colonial period.

· 1 – một – mut, with a down-tone

· 2 – nhì – lượt thích Hi!

· 3 – tía – lượt thích a sheep

· 4 – bốn – like “James Bond?” with an upward pitch

· 5 – năm – lượt thích num

· 6 – sáu – like sao as in Sao? Paulo, with an upward pitch

· 7 – bảy – like Bye with a slight downward then upward pitch

· 8 – tám – like tam with an upward pitch

· 9 – chín – lượt thích chin with an upward pitch

· 10 – mười – lượt thích moi with a downward pitch

To learn more about Vietnamese numbers và their pronunciation, see our article on Vietnamese Numbers: How to Count from 1 to 1 Billion



Will is a researcher in Toronto who has lived and worked in Vietnam. On his own journey learning Vietnamese, he realized the best way lớn learn a language is lớn embed the lessons in stories, cultural insights and history.



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