43 – Doing 2 things at the same time – vừa… vừa

Standard

To say that you’re doing multiple things at the same time (multi-tasking :)), use vừa before the verb

subject + vừa + verb 1 + vừa + verb 2 (+ vừa + verb 3 + vừa + verb 4 … to infinity)

Anh ấy vừa đi học vừa đi làm
He go to study go to work
He goes to school and works at the same time.
Ông vừa nghe đài vừa đọc báo
Grandpa listen to radio read newpaper

Grandpa listens to the radio and reads newspaper at the same time.

To say that something is both so and so (adjective/adverb), use

subject + vừa + adjective 1 + vừa + adjective 2 (… to infinity)

Cái này vừa đẹp vừa rẻ
Thing this good-looking cheap
This is both good-looking and cheap.
Trời vừa nóng vừa ẩm
The sky hot humid

It’s both hot and humid.

Note: When someone tells you Vừa vừa thôi! it means Quit it! at whatever it is that you’re doing (usually when you’re teasing him/her).

7 responses »

  1. nǐ Yuénàn huà hén hǎo

    wǒ yīnggāi xué Zhōngwěn yuè lái yuè (I should study Chinese more)

    jiàoshu yǐhòu, nǐ yīnggāi fāngsōng (after teaching, you should rest/relax)

  2. That’s direct translation.
    Guess should be,
    你的越语讲得很好。
    我应该多学中文。

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