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    First Shirt Sustinemus's Avatar
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    Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    A friend of mine was a Marine radio repairman on Okinawa and one day was instructed to check out his weapon and report to somewhere or other. As it turned out, he was assigned to one of the big rust buckets they used to evacuate and transport refugees from Saigon and elsewhere.

    On the voyage to the pickup point, they were given a crash course in Vietnamese, with a printed list of phonetic mnemonic English words easy enough for the Jarheads to remember. He gave me a copy of this and I transposed it a bit into a spreadsheet, copied below. I thought the mnemonics interesting...


    ENGLISH
    VIET PHONETIC for JARHEADS
    WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH? AI NOI TlENG ANH? I NOY TING ANN
    NO WEAPONS ALLOWED CAM KHI GIOI COMB KEY YOY
    FOLLOW ME THEO TOI TEYO TOY
    DON'T TALK KHONG NOl COMB NOY
    REMAIN CALM BINH TINH BING TING
    SIT DOWN NGOl XUONG NGOY SUE-UNG
    STAND UP DUNG LEN DOOM LYNN
    COME HERE LAI DAY LIE DAY
    WHAT DO YOU WANT? MUON GI MOON YEE
    WATER NUOC NOOK
    FOOD DO AN DOE ON
    TOILET CAU TIEU COW TIU
    DOCTOR BAC -SI BAK SHE
    YES YA PHAI YA PHIE
    NO KHONG COMB
    MAN ONG OM
    WOMAN BA BA
    CHILD EM M
    PLEASE XIN SIN
    DON'T MOVE AROUND KHONG DI DAU COMB DEE DOE

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    Re: Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    They tossed a lot of nice pistols into the sea...

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    Re: Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    The phonetic is pretty close.
    There were a lot worse places than Phu Bai and they weren't all in Viet Nam.


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    Re: Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    Chu hoi, didi mao, dinki dao, GI #1, vc #10, love you all night.
    Last edited by nf1e; 3rd May 2022 at 07:48 AM.
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    Re: Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    It's bad I know what you said Art, even though I was never in country. Definitely beaucoup dinki dao.
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    Re: Instant Vietnamese for Jarheads

    Quote Originally Posted by nf1e View Post
    Chu hoi, didi mao, dinki dao, GI #1, vc #10, love you all night.


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