"Chào anh, chào chị, chào em, chào bác..." do Vietnamese people really say "chào" when they meet each other?
When I come out of my house, I never say "chào" to my neighbor. When I was a little girl, my mom often took me to the market with her, and she never said "chào" to other women in the market when she met them. Why?
Are they impolite people?
Instead of saying "chào", they greet each other by asking "Chị ăn cơm chưa?" (Have you had lunch/ dinner yet?), "Chị đi chợ chưa?" (Did you go to the market?), "Chú ba đi đâu vậy?" (Where are you going?). These questions are for saying hello.
Some people feel very strange about this way, but it's natural and normal for Vietnamese.