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INTRODUCTION
Becky: Xin chào! I’m Becky. Welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com This is the Absolute Beginner series, Season 1, Lesson 2 - Asking Someone’s Name in Vietnamese
Huyen: Xin chào! I’m Huyen.
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask “What’s your name?” in different situations. The conversation is between Lan, Mary, and Nam. You’re going to listen to the dialogue in three different situations; one informal, one formal with a woman, and the other with a man.
Huyen: They are strangers and meet each other for the first time. Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
:(When asking in general)
Lan: Bạn tên là gì?
Mary: Tôi tên là Mary.
:(When asking a slightly older woman, or a young woman in formal situations)
Mary: Chị tên là gì?
Lan: Tôi tên là Lan.
:(When asking a slightly older man, or a young man in formal situations.)
Lan: Anh tên là gì?
Nam: Tôi tên là Nam.
:(When asking in general)
Lan: What's your name?
Mary: My name is Mary.
:(When asking a slightly older woman, or a young woman in formal situations)
Mary: What's your name?
Lan: My name is Lan
:(When asking a slightly older man, or a young man in formal situations.)
Lan: What's your name?
Nam: My name is Nam.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Becky: Let’s talk about Vietnamese pronouns. The Vietnamese language has a complicated system of pronouns.
Huyen: Yeah, it depends a lot on gender, age, and the intimacy of the relationship
Becky: For example, there are different pronouns which mean “I”, and you have to change the word for “I” depending on who you are talking to. There are also different pronouns meaning “you”, and we’ll learn them all one by one throughout this series.
Huyen: Yes, it’s going to be very interesting.
Becky: Right, But for now, as beginners, we still don’t know which pronouns are appropriate, so it’s better to be safe and politely ask the other person how you should address him or her when you first meet.
Huyen: And you know what, Vietnamese people are very interested in talking with foreigners. They’ll definitely tell you how to use pronouns correctly.
Becky: That’s true. Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson.
Huyten The first word is Anh.
Becky: This is one of the most common pronouns in Vietnamese. It’s second person singular, which means “you”. The word itself means “older brother”, but when it is used as a pronoun, it refers to a slightly older man or a young man you meet in formal situation.
Huyen: That’s right. In this case, anh is more polite than bạn.
Becky: What’s the next word, Huyen?
Huyen: Chị.
Becky: Again, this pronoun also means “you” and is commonly used. The word itself means “older sister”, but when it’s used as a pronoun, it refers to a slightly older woman or a young woman you meet in formal situation. Okay, now onto the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask “What’s your name?” in Vietnamese.
Huyen: In general, the question is Bạn tên là gì?
Becky: The literal translation of this question is “You name is what?” and it can also be translated as “What are you named?” Let’s break this down:
Huyen: First is the pronoun bạn...
Becky: ...which means “you”.
Huyen: Then we have tên...
Becky: ...which means “name”.
Huyen: Then the verb là…
Becky: ...which is “to be”. And finally the question word
Huyen: gì which means “what”.
Becky: To answer this question, say...
Huyen: Tôi tên là.
Becky: And then you say your name. We learned this in the first lesson. We’ve just learned the general translation of “What’s your name?” Let’s see how it changes in different situations.
Huyen: Well, Bạn tên là gì? can be used in most situations. But the pronoun bạn usually refers to a person around your age.
Becky: So, when talking with someone older than you or someone in formal situations as in business, this pronoun is not appropriate.
Huyen: In such cases, replace bạn with anh when the other person is a young man and replace “bạn” with “chị” when the other person is a young woman.
Becky: The rest of the question remains unchanged. The answer to the new questions stays the same too, which is...
Huyen: Tôi tên là and your name.
Becky: Let’s hear some examples.
Huyen: Bạn tên là gì? Tôi tên là An.
Becky: “What’s your name?” “My name is An.”
Huyen: Anh tên là gì? Tôi tên là Nam.
Becky: “What’s your name?” “My name is Nam.” “You” in this case is a young man, in formal situations.
Huyen: Chị tên là gì? Tôi tên là Mary.
Becky: “What’s your name?” “My name is Mary.” “You” in this case is a young woman, in formal situations.

Outro

Becky: That’s all for this lesson. Now you can practice asking Vietnamese people’s names!
Huyen: We hope you have enjoyed this lesson.
Becky: Don’t forget to check the lesson notes to reinforces what you you’ve learned in this lesson.
Huyen: See you in our next lesson. Tạm biệt!
Becky: Thanks for listening, bye!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! Do you feel ready to ask somebody's name in Vietnamese? Let's practice!

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Friday at 09:24 AM
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Xin chào Duyen,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

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Duyen
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these lessons are very helpful!!!

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Hi Beth,


Thank you for the question.

So to ask another person how you can address them, you can say "Tôi có thể gọi bạn là gì?".


A small tip, usually, to identify how to address a person, we simply introduce our age, and then ask "Tôi có thể gọi bạn là gì?" (How can I call you?). They will tell you their ages and let you know how to address them.


Hope you find it helpful.


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Chi

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Xin chào Rocky Era,


Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


Kind regards,

Levente

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Rocky Era
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It is a very good lesson. Great!

Beth
Sunday at 11:38 PM
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It is recommended that you politely ask the other person how you should address him or her. However, we are not shown how to do this. So how should one politely ask the other person how you should address him or her?

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Thursday at 12:55 PM
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Hi Sneak 100,


Thank you for your comment. To answer your question: we understand different learners have different goals, and for someone like you who's focusing on speaking more than writing and reading, it may seem that the latter 2 skills are not as important as the first one. However, Vietnamese is sometimes a challenging language due to the different tone marks/ diacritics, as well as dialects and accents. All of these are important elements of both spoken and written languages. Having said this, we would say there is always good to have a balance among writing, reading, listening and speaking levels. Hope this helps and let us know if you have further questions.


Sincerely,


Khanh

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Thursday at 12:46 PM
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Hi Jhaz,


Thank you for such a kind feedback. We are so glad to hear you are enjoying the class. Please let us know anytime if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Khanh

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Thursday at 12:44 PM
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Hi Jimmy Kudo,


Thank you for your comment. "Ten ban la gi" or "ban ten la gi" both mean "what's your name?" so either of them can be used. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


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Khanh VietnamesePod101.com

Sneak 100
Friday at 01:19 AM
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If your goal for Vietnamese is speech based, should you worry about reading and writing as much?