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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.
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.
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.


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