Adult vietnamese chat
🙂 My mom has been yelling at me everytime I tell her I call some person I just met “Em”. When someone calls me “Anh”…first reaction is to address them in return as “Em”. And you should definitely NOT call your friends’ girlfriends or wives “Em”. My mom says she’s surprised I haven’t been punched in the face yet.
🙂 People in relationships also call each other “Anh” or “Em”…I think in this context it is similar to Americans that call each other “Honey” or “Baby”.
One thing I don’t like about the whole hierarchy thing (which exists in pretty much all Asian societies) is that it teaches you to defer to the person higher up on the totem pole.
My parents never corrected us and it became a habit.
But if you are not sure…it’s best to be on the safe side and call them “Ong” or “Ba”.
Some people get really offended when you address them by a more informal title such as “Chu” or “Co”.
I know that I would think twice before I raised my voice at someone I called referred to as “Anh” or “Chi”.
One of the most confusing aspects of these titles is that you can be a lot older than someone and still have to address them as “Anh” or “Chi”.