We’ve compiled a list of terms you might often see on our blog as well as any other Vietnamese based websites.
1-0-2 = mot khong hai = 1 without a second = when something is so unique/strange, you will not be able to find a duplicate.
8x vs. 9x = one of the newest social battles amongst generations; 8x = someone born in the 80’s, 9x = someone born in the 90’s.
Anh = used when referring to an older male
Ao Dai = Long Dress = The traditional Vietnamese attire
BTS = Behind the Scenes
Cai Luong = traditional VietNamese musical dramas where people randomly break out into songs
Chan Dai = Long Legs = a metonym for models
Chi = used when referring to an older female
Dai Gia = an old rich bachelor who gets all the attractive younger girls.
Dung Hang = directly translates into Touching Products = usually used when 2+ people are caught wearing the same outfit but is not limited to just clothing.
Ekip = A production team with “equipments” to film/record.
Em = most often used when referring to a younger person (usually female). E.g. When talking to a little sibling (male or female), we call them ‘Em.’ When a husband talks to a wife, he would normally say ‘Em’. When you’re just being polite to a hot guy (even though he is younger), you’d refer to yourself as ‘Em’.
FC = Fanclub
GDTY = Giai Dieu Tinh Yeu = Melody of Love = a music show on channel THVL & HTV
HCMC = Ho Chi Minh City aka Saigon
Hit = when referring to a song; usually a song gets so many plays on Zing until its officially declared a hit but it can also just be extremely popular on other music forums to be called one.
Hoa Hau = any contestant/winner that was/is in any kind of prestigious “Miss” pageants.
Hotboy/Hotgirl = So the term might be a little lame, but this is the official word in VietNam for anyone who’s a hot topic…and sets trends; equivalent to the English terms “It” girls and “It” boys.
Kenh = Channel
Kiem Hiep = a movie genre associated to martial arts.
QC = Quang Cao = Commercial/Ad
LHP = Lien Hoan Phim = Film Festival
May & Tao = informal terms for You & Me; may = you, tao = me
NSTT = Ngoi Sao Thoi Trang = Fashion Star = a popular teen pageant sponsored by 2! Magazine & other print medias.
NSƯT = Nghệ sĩ ưu tú = Outstanding singer/artist/performer/… who has served the public for a long time. This is a title granted by a department in the VietNamese government. (kudos to Minh)
Pe (when used in front of names) = colloqiual for “Be” = a nickname prefix meaning “little”. For example, Pe Sam is actually spelt Be Sam which really means Little Sam. Internet slang often replaces ‘P’ with ‘B’.
Phim = Film/Movie
PR = Public Relations = Promotional activities
PV = Phong Van = Interview
Teen = It’s not just an age or a simple adjective. In VietNam, it has become a culture. So when someone’s a teen singer but they’re really like…..a bajillion years old, don’t get smart alecy :). It simply means they target the youth market. Same with movies, models, websites, etc, etc.
Tet = VietNamese lunar New Year = Biggest holiday of the Year.
TGVP = The Gioi Vpop = The World of Vpop = a bimonthly music show/production by companies WePro & Sea Collection
T.p. = Thanh Pho = City
TVC = T.V. Commercial
Vong 1, 2, & 3 = Girth 1, 2, & 3 = measurements of chest, waist, & hips, respectively.
Xi-Ta = the product of making someone with a very strong VietNamese accent say the word “Star”
Xi Tai = also Vietgrish for Style
Xi-Tin = of/relating to the teen/tween/youth market
Yahoo!360 = popular blogging host; the VietNamese equivalent to Myspace, but because it’s shutting down, we shouldnt be referring to it as much ..sad.
YAN = Yeu Am Nhac = Love Music = a TV show
VL = Ok, so out of all the slang terms, this one has got to be the most interesting one. Acronyms are usually short for something…yet, about 95% of the people that use the term don’t even know what it stands for. Go ahead. Try asking. The phrase (which apparently is shortened to lessen the strength of its derogatory meaning, which we won’t be mentioning) derived from the North and is now apparently EVERYWHERE. Nowadays, people just throw it around to describe something extremely ridiculous and funny.
We are also open to any more suggestions, corrections, or questions, so feel free to ask/comment and we shall update the list.