Sầu: Sino-Vietnamese for 愁 ("sorrow"). Riêng: Vietnamese for "self/own/private/special." Altogether, the literal translation of sầu riêng is "one's own sorrows."
Durian was named "quả sầu riêng" after an ancient commemorative love story from the Tây Sơn Dynasty, which a man that stayed faithful to his wife after death and had a strong memory of both eating the stinky-but-delicious tu-rên (or durian) that represented their love at first sight.
- (Hà Nội) IPA (key): /s̪ɜw˨˩ ziɜŋ˧˧/
- (Huế) IPA (key): /ʂɜw˧˧ ʐiɜŋ˧˧/
- (Hồ Chí Minh City) IPA (key): /ʂɜw˨˩ ʐiɜŋ˧˥/