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Introduction
Eric: Welcome to 3-Minute Vietnamese Season 1, Lesson 16 - Asking Directions. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask and understand basic directions in Vietnamese.
Body
Eric: Here's the way to ask "Where is the station?" in Vietnamese.
Hoang Anh: [Normal] Ga ở đâu?
Eric: First is a noun meaning "station"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] ga [Slow] ga
Eric: Last is the question word meaning "where"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] ở đâu [Slow] ở đâu
Eric: Note the rising intonation. Listen again to the question meaning "Where is the station?"
Hoang Anh: [Slow] Ga ở đâu? [Normal] Ga ở đâu?
Eric: Now, imagine you're speaking to a stranger. Here's the way to say, "Go straight."
Hoang Anh: [Normal] Đi thẳng
Eric: First is a verb meaning "to go"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] Đi [Slow] Đi
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning "straight"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] thẳng [Slow] thẳng
Eric: Listen again to the response meaning "Go straight."
Hoang Anh: [Slow] Đi thẳng [Normal] Đi thẳng
Eric: Here's a response meaning "Turn right."
Hoang Anh: [Normal] Rẽ phải
Eric: First is a verb meaning "to turn"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] rẽ [Slow] rẽ
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning "right"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] phải [Slow] phải
Eric: Listen again to the response, "Turn right."
Hoang Anh: [Slow] Rẽ phải [Normal] Rẽ phải
Eric: Here's a response meaning, "Turn left."
Hoang Anh: [Normal] Rẽ trái
Eric: First is a verb meaning "to turn"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] rẽ [Slow] rẽ
Eric: Last is the adjective meaning "left"
Hoang Anh: [Normal] trái [Slow] trái
Eric: Listen again to the response, "Turn left."
Hoang Anh: [Slow] Rẽ trái [Normal] Rẽ trái
Cultural Insight
Eric: Now it's time for a quick cultural insight.
Hoang Anh: In Vietnam, feel free to ask for directions on the street. Most people will be willing to help, and if they’re not sure, they may ask someone close by then help you. The best way not to get lost is to write down the address of the place you’re going. Then it’ll be easier to take a taxi or get correct instructions from people on the street.

Outro

Eric: And that’s all for this lesson. Don’t forget to check out the lesson notes, and we’ll see you in the next lesson!
Hoang Anh: Tạm biệt.

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