23 Aug 2013, 10:41pm
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  • Shuffling words in a sentence

    As you know, Vietnamese is not so difficult if you use it normally by connecting word together, but to understand deep structures of wordplay in Vietnamese is a long journey for leaner. The way to put a “comma” in Vietnamese is very important and so the word mix-up. If you put a comma in a right place, it will completely change the meaning of the sentence.
    For example:
    Đàn bà không có đàn ông sẽ khủng hoảng.

    If you put a comma in the following positions:
    Đàn bà không có đàn ông, sẽ khủng hoảng.

    (If there are no men, women will be in crisis)
    Or:
    Đàn bà không có, đàn ông sẽ khủng hoảng.

    (Without women, men will be in crisis)

    And just like the ‘comma’, of course,  when mixing up words in a sentence, its meaning will be completely changed or sometimes remain unchanged .
    There is an example below, the person A says to B:
    Mày đến sao không bảo?

    Let’s see the way of mixing up words as follow:

    Mày đến sao không bảo?  (A asks B, why did B come without telling A first?)

    Sao đến mày không bảo? (Synonymous of the above sentence)

    Không bảo sao mày đến?  (A asks B, A did not ask B to come, why did B come?)

    Mày không bảo sao đến?  (Synonymous of the above sentence)

    Không bảo sao đến mày? (Synonymous of the above sentence)

    Mày sao bảo không đến? (A asks B, B said B did not come, but why does B come now?

    Sao bảo mày không đến? (Synonymous of the above sentence)

    Bảo mày sao không đến? (A asks B, A asked B to come, but B did not come)

    You see, developing a sentence by mixing up words will provide many new meanings. Vietnamese’s wordplay is very popular and hardly has any rules. What I write here just so you can understand the wordplay of Vietnamese, and know more about Vietnamese. The important thing is that you need to learn much to be able to use it properly. Wish you luck.

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