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INTRODUCTION
Jason: Hi everyone, Jason here, and welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp Lesson 2 - Talking Nationality in Vietnamese. This is the second in a five-part series that will help you ease your way into VIetnamese.
Giang: Xin chào, tôi là Giang. I’m Giang.
Giang: In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself and tell people where you are from.
Jason: That is essential while traveling to Vietnam, because that will be the first question people will probably want to ask you. Let’s listen to the conversation.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Jason: Giang, Vietnam has really become a popular tourist destination. Recently, the country has attracted an increasing number of foreign tourists.
Giang: That’s right. That’s because more people are curious about the diverse natural and cultural attractions in Vietnam.
Jason: The hospitality and friendliness of Vietnamese people also make a visit to Vietnam more rewarding.
Giang: Right, Vietnamese people are really excited to make friends with non-Vietnamese.
Jason: If you come to Vietnam, you’ll be surprised to see an old man speak a few English words and try to help you out if you’re in need.
Giang: Right.
Jason: I guess we won’t want to miss the opportunity to learn about a beautiful country and get to know more about those nice people, right?
Giang: Definitely. Learning Vietnamese is the first step to understanding the Vietnamese country and people.
Jason: Okay, so why don’t we start by looking at the words we used in the conversation, so that all our learners will be able to share where they are from.
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Jason: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. We already learned the greeting Xin chào in the previous lesson.
Giang: And the Tôi tên là ....
Jason: Right, it means “My name is …” Now before you say your nationality, you need one phrase. It is extremely important and you will use it all the time
Giang: Tôi là
Jason: That’s right. The phrase means “I am” in English. It’s pretty straight forward. One time, slowly.
Giang: Tôi là
Jason: So in the dialogue, we heard the speaker say this and then the word...
Giang: Người Việt Nam
Jason: Which would translate as “I am Vietnamese.”
Giang: That’s right.
Jason: So altogether that’s...
Giang: Tôi là người Việt Nam.
Jason: Listeners, listen and repeat
Giang: Tôi là người Việt Nam. [pause]
Jason: So what was the other nationality we heard in the dialogue?
Giang: Người Anh
Jason: And that means “British”. So the whole sentence “I’m British” would be...
Giang: Tôi là người Anh. Notice the words Tôi là didn’t change. Just the word for an English person. In this case, người Anh
Jason: Sounds easy! Let’s move on to the Grammar section
Giang: Good idea!

Lesson focus

Jason: In this lesson, we’re going to learn more about how to talk about nationality in Vietnamese.
Giang: That’s right. We’ve learned how to say “I am Vietnamese” or “I am British”.
Jason: Yes, the main phrase here is [“Tôi là”], which means “I am”. It’s followed by a noun, and can be used to introduce your name, your nationality and your occupation.
Giang: For example...
Jason: I’m David.
Giang: Tôi là David.
Jason: I’m Italian.
Giang: Tôi là người Ý.
Jason: I’m a teacher.
Giang: Tôi là giáo viên.
Jason: But let’s concentrate on Nationalities now. When it comes to nationality, you start with [“người”] which means “people”, and then the name of your country in Vietnamese.
Giang: For example...
Jason: Vietnamese
Giang: Người Việt Nam
Jason: American
Giang: Người Mỹ.
Jason: So the first word never changes, what we have to learn is the country names in Vietnamese. Let’s look at what several countries are called in Vietnamese
Giang: Okay, let’s start - Mỹ
Jason: America
Giang: Anh
Jason: England
Giang: Nhật
Jason: Japan
Giang: Trung Quốc
Jason: China
Giang: Pháp
Jason: France
Giang: Ý
Jason: Italy
Giang: Nga
Jason: Russia.
Jason: Okay, let’s recap. Listeners, how do you say, “I’m Vietnamese”?
Giang: {Pause} Tôi là người Việt Nam.
Jason: And what about if you’re British?
Giang: {Pause} Tôi là người Anh.
Jason: Great. Now, listeners, try to make some simple sentences with your own nationality.
Giang: Have some fun!
Jason: You’ll find more of them in the lesson notes that accompany this lesson.
Giang: We hope everybody isn’t too tired after this boot camp!
Jason: Just keep practicing and you’ll have these down pat in no time.

Outro

Jason: That’s it for this lesson.
Giang: Thanks for listening. Tạm biệt.
Jason: See you!

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Wednesday at 12:00 PM
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Hi everyone!

What's your nationality?

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Sunday at 11:48 PM
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Xin chào Ralf,


Thank you for posting. We hope you are enjoying our lessons. Let us know if you have any questions. 😉


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Ralf
Saturday at 08:25 PM
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Xin chào!

Tôi tên là Ralf. Tôi là người Đuc.


Glad to have found this place and learning the first steps in Vietnamese.

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Friday at 03:34 PM
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Hi Tod,


Thanks for your comment and glad to have you here! To say “I’m Vietnamese and American” or “I’m Vietnamese American” in Vietnamese you could say: "Tôi là người Mỹ gốc Việt" which literally means "I'm American with Vietnamese origin/ root". Hope this helps and let us know if you have any further questions!


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Tod
Monday at 07:50 AM
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Not sure how to edit/delete comments.


I had a typo. I meant “ “Tôi là người Việt Nam và người Mỹ”?

Tod
Monday at 07:46 AM
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Xin chào!

Tôi tên là Tod.


I was born and raised in the U.S, and I am half Vietnamese and half American. I never got to learn Vietnamese and I’m glad I found this website. How would I go about saying “I’m Vietnamese and American” or “I’m Vietnamese American”?


Would it be “Tôi là người Việt Nam vì người Mỹ”?


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Monday at 05:41 PM
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i Ali,



Well done and thanks for posting! Small corrections:


Xin chào!

Tôi tên là Ali.

Tôi là người Ai Cập.


Keep up the good work!


Cheers,


Khanh

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Ali
Tuesday at 04:22 PM
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Xin chào.

Toi ten la Ali

Toi la nguoi Ai Câp

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Monday at 03:56 PM
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Xin chào @Masa,

@Anthony Vitale,

@Teacher May ở Đà Lạt,


Thank you for your comments and we're glad to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions!


Cheers,


Khanh

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Teacher May ở Đà Lạt
Tuesday at 09:39 AM
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Xin chào. Tôi tên là May. Tôi là người Philippines.

Anthony Vitale
Thursday at 09:44 AM
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Xin cháo

Tôi lá ngủ ơi Mỹ

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