See also: Appendix:Variations of "be"
- Rhymes: -eː
- Hyphenation: bê
- Rhymes: -e
bê m (plural bês)
- bee (name of the letter B, b)
- (onomatopoeia) The cry of a calf
- The onset consonant /p/ does not occur in native Vietnamese phonology, and every word containing it is a loanword. Most Vietnamese people, especially southerners, find difficulty in differentiating it from /ɓ/, as they cannot articulate /p/. There are some ways to tell the two apart, or to tell the letters b and p apart, including using expressions like bê bò (literally “b as in bò”) and bê phở (literally “p as in phở”).