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INTRODUCTION
Becky: HI! I’m Becky. Welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com This is the Absolute Beginner Series, Season 1, Lesson 3 - Talking About Nationality in Vietnamese.
Huyen: Xin chào! I’m Huyen. In this lesson you'll learn about nationalities.
Becky: The conversation takes place at a university and is between Mai, Mary and Suri.
Huyen: They’re meeting for the first time so they’ll be speaking formal Vietnamese.
Becky: Let’s listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Mai: Bạn đến từ đâu?
Mary: Tôi đến từ nước Anh.
Mai: Bạn là người nước nào?
Suri: Tôi là người Mỹ.
Mai: Where are you from?
Mary: I'm from England.
Mai: What nationality are you?
Suri: I'm American.
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Becky: In the last lesson, we mentioned that Vietnamese people are very interested in talking with foreigners. In this lesson, we’ll learn more about Vietnamese people’s attitude towards foreigners.
Huyen: Right, it’s very common to see a Vietnamese person trying to speak a few English words to a foreigner on the street.
Becky: I heard that they’re very hospitable and open to foreigners. Do Vietnamese people speak English well?
Huyen: More and more people in Vietnam can speak English now, but in general, we don’t use English in our daily lives.
Becky: But still, most Vietnamese people are not reluctant to help foreigners who come to Vietnam. That’s great! So listeners, if you come to Vietnam and need help, don’t hesitate to ask anyone you meet. If he or she can’t understand you, I’m sure they’ll find a way to help you! Okay, now let’s take a look at the vocab.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Becky: Let’s take a closer look at some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is....
Huyen: ...Đến.
Becky: This verb means “to come” or “ to arrive”. But in many cases it also means “to go” or just “to”. There’s a difference between “to come” and “to go” in Vietnamese as in English, but sometimes they can be used interchangeably.
Huyen: For example, đến trường means both “to go to school” and “to come to school”.
Becky: And this is regardless of where the speaker is. Let’s hear an example.
Huyen: Mai đến nhà tôi chơi nhé.
Becky: “Come to my house tomorrow.”
Huyen: Đến in this case means “to come”.
Becky: Here’s another example.
Huyen: Mấy giờ bạn đến trường?
Becky: “What time will you go to school?”
Huyen: Đến means “to go” in this case.
Becky: The next word we have is ….
Huyen: Đâu
Becky: “Where”. In most cases, it’s used with a preposition and together they’re often put at the end of a sentence.
Huyen: Right. The preposition ở is put in front to make ở đâu.
Becky: Let’s hear an example.
Huyen: Sách của tôi đâu? or Sách của tôi ở đâu?
Becky: This means “Where’s my book?” In most cases the preposition makes it sound more formal. Can we have one more example please?
Huyen: Sure. Bạn đang ở đâu?
Becky: And this means “Where are you?” Okay, now onto the grammar.
GRAMMAR POINT
Becky: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to ask “Where are you from?” in Vietnamese.
Huyen: In Vietnamese, that is Bạn đến từ đâu?
Becky: The pronoun...
Huyen: ...bạn...
Becky: ...means “you” and it comes first. Next is the verb...
Huyen: ...đến...
Becky: ...which means “to come”, followed by the preposition...
Huyen: ...từ...
Becky: ...meaning “from”. And finally the question word...
Huyen: ...đâu...
Becky: ...which means “where”.
Huyen: Bạn đến từ đâu?
Becky: To answer this question, you say...
Huyen: Tôi đến từ nước and your country’s name in Vietnamese.
Becky: It literally means “I am come from” and the country. In the dialogue we have...
Huyen: Bạn đến từ đâu? Tôi đến từ nước Anh.
Becky: “Where are you from?” “I’m from Britain.” Let’s hear some more examples
Huyen: Tôi đến từ nước Nhật.
Becky: “I’m from Japan.”
Huyen: Tôi đến từ nước Pháp.
Becky: “I’m from France.”
Huyen: The question Bạn đến từ đâu? is the exact translation of “Where are you from?”, but Vietnamese people tend to ask Bạn là người nước nào?
Becky: This literally means “You are the person of which country?” Let’s break down this question. The pronoun...
Huyen: ...bạn...
Becky: ...meaning “you” comes first, followed by the verb…
Huyen: ...là…
Becky: ...which is “to be”. Next is the noun
Huyen: ...người…
Becky: ...which means “person” followed by the noun…
Huyen: ...nước…
Becky: ...which means “country”. Finally we have the question word…
Huyen: ...nào…
Becky: ...whic means “which”.
Huyen: Bạn là người nước nào?
Becky: This is similar to “What nationality are you?” To answer this question, you say...
Huyen: Tôi là người nước and your country’s name in Vietnamese.
Becky: “I’m the person of” and the country. What did we have in the dialogue?
Huyen: Bạn là người nước nào? Tôi là người Mỹ.
Becky: “What nationality are you?” “I’m American.” Okay, let’s hear some more examples.
Huyen: Bạn đến từ đâu? Tôi đến từ Hàn Quốc.
Becky: “Where are you from?” “I’m from Korea.”
Huyen: Bạn là người nước nào? Tôi là người Hàn Quốc.
Becky: “What nationality are you?” “I’m Korean.”

Outro

Becky: Well, we have covered everything in this lesson. Can you say what nationality you are in Vietnamese now?
Huyen: We’ll see you again in the next lesson.
Becky: Don’t forget to read the accompanying PDF lesson notes for your reference. See you next time.
Huyen: Tạm biệt!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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What do you ask at the first meet in Vietnamese?

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Monday at 03:01 AM
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Hi Andrew,


The orders you indicated is totally true. We will say the original letter, then the additional symbol (like the circumflex), then the tone marks (grave accent, dot below, acute, hook above, tilde).

It is important in writing because letter with diacritics like circumflex/ hone (ă/ â/ ơ) is in our alphabet, meanwhile with the tone mark, it isn't.


So that the tone mark should be the last to be added.


Hope that it can help.


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Andrew
Friday at 02:00 AM
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Xin chào! I have a question about the order of writing tone marks and other diacritics on letters when writing by hand. Is there a specific order of writing these? e.g. if I write ế, do I write e, then the circumflex, then the acute? How about ớ ? o then the horn, then the acute? How about nặng? a then breve then the dot? Does it matter? Many thanks!

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Hello Jhaz,


Thank you for your comment and for practicing your Vietnamese with us! Keep up the good work and let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Khanh

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Jhaz
Thursday at 05:45 PM
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Xin chào!

Bạn là người nước nào? Tôi là người nước Philippines.

"What nationality are you? - I'm Filipino."

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Sunday at 11:12 PM
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Xin chào Adam,


Thank you for leaving a comment! Tôi tên là Khanh và tôi đến từ VietnamesePod101.com ;) Happy learning and let us know if you have any questions.


Sincerely,


Khanh

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Adam
Monday at 08:25 AM
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Xin chào internet. Tôi tên là Adam. Tôi đến từ San Francisco, CA. Tôi là người Mỹ. Bạn đến từ đâu?

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Xin chào, Oscar,


Thank you so much for your kind words, it really means a lot to us! ❤️️😇

Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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Hi, I was adopted from Vietnam and recently wished to learn Vietnamese as I want to go live and work there in the years to come.

I find that your vietnamesepod101 has really good content and the structure of the lessons are very straightforward and I'm learning quite quickly.

Thanks a lot for the work you have put into creating these classes and lessons!!!

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Hi Ali,


Thank you for your comment and welcome to VietnamesePod101.com! Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


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