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Jason: Hi everyone, A here, and welcome to Basic Bootcamp Lesson 5 - Counting from 100-1,000,000 in Vietnamese. This is the fifth in a five-part series that will help you ease your way into Vietnamese.
Giang: Xin chào, tôi là Giang. Hi, I’m Giang.
Jason: In this lesson, we'll continue with more Vietnamese numbers. But we will venture into higher number territory, the numbers over one hundred all the way to the one -million.
Giang: Sounds great!
Jason: You’ll be listening to two people at an auction.
Giang: That’s right! They’ll be bidding on an ancient Vietnamese vase.
Jason: Let’s listen to the conversation!
Jason: Let's use these numbers a little and talk about prices in Vietnam. Because 1 USD is currently equal to about 20,000 Vietnamese dong, we have to use quite big numbers to talk about prices in Vietnam.
Giang: Yes, that’s right.
Jason: So what's the price of an average meal in Hanoi? What about a very nice meal in Hanoi?
Giang: Well, it depends on what and where you eat. But in general, you only need to spend about 3 to 4 dollars for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant, which is equal to 60,000 to 80,000 dong.
Jason: What about a very nice meal?
Giang: Oh, the price will jump up to above 400,000 dong for 2 people, which would be something like a full course.
Jason: Wow, that's about 18.5 U.S. Dollars! That’s really reasonable.
Giang: Yeah, many people are impressed about how delicious and cheap Vietnamese food is.
Jason: I would love to try Vietnamese food in Hanoi!. Now, Giang, how would you say those prices in Vietnamese?
Giang: 60,000 dong is sáu mươi nghìn đồng. 80,000 dong is tám mươi nghìn đồng. And 400,000 dong is bốn trăm nghìn đồng. In many cases, it is not necessary to mention the currency unit “dong”. Just the number is enough because it can be understood by the context.
Jason: Ok, good tip! Now let’s cover the numbers in the conversation one by one.
Jason: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson. Giang, how do you count over one hundred in Vietnamese?
Giang: We've already learned "one hundred," which is “một trăm”. So, to build multiples of one hundred, we take the numbers from two to nine, and add "trăm" at the end.
Jason: And we learned how to count from one to ten in Vietnamese in the last lesson, so this lesson will be much simpler. Let’s try counting the multiples of one hundred in Vietnamese, starting from two hundred.
Giang: hai trăm- two hundred {pause} ba trăm - three hundred {pause} bốn trăm- four hundred, {pause} năm trăm - five hundred, {pause} sáu trăm- six hundred, bảy trăm - seven hundred, {pause} tám trăm - eight hundred , {pause} chín trăm - nine hundred.
Jason: Alright, so now we know the multiples of one hundred. Let’s go into more detail about how to say a three-digit number in general. It’s quite similar to English. You start by saying the hundreds, then the tens, and finally the ones. Ok, Giang, please give us some examples.
Giang: bốn trăm hai mươi.
Jason: “four hundred and twenty. (420)” So you see, it’s not very difficult. Now, the next one.
Giang: hai trăm mười bốn.
Jason: “two hundred and fourteen. (214) ” Ok listeners, we hope you understand the rules for these numbers.
Giang: Yes, that’s how we say a three-digit number. Let’s move onto higher numbers in the grammar.

Lesson focus

Jason: In this lesson, you’ll learn the large numbers in Vietnamese. We’ll continue by talking about four-digit numbers. First, let’s learn how to say multiples of a thousand.
Giang: Okay, in Vietnamese “thousand” is “nghìn”. To say multiples of a thousand, add “nghìn” after the numbers from one to nine. The rule is the same as with “hundred”. So one thousand is “một nghìn” and so on.
Jason: Giang, could you say them all in Vietnamese? Listeners, please repeat after Giang.
Giang: một nghìn-one thousand, {pause} hai nghìn-two thousand, {pause} ba nghìn-three thousand,{pause} bốn nghìn-four thousand,{pause} năm nghìn-five thousand,{pause} sáu nghìn-six thousand ,{pause} bảy nghìn-seven thousand,{pause} tám nghìn-eight thousand {pause} chín nghìn-nine thousand.
Jason: And for a four-digit number in general, the rule is the same as what we did with a three-digit number. So you start by saying the thousands digit, followed by the hundreds, then the tens and finally the ones.
Giang: That’s right. Now let’s listen to some examples. Again, try to guess what number is being said as you listen. First, chín nghìn bảy trăm.
Jason: “nine thousand seven hundred. (9700)”
Giang: Ba nghìn hai trăm mười lăm.
Jason: “three thousand two hundred and fifteen. (3215)”
Giang: tám nghìn năm trăm hai mươi mốt
Jason: “eight thousand five hundred and twenty one.(8521)”
Jason: Great, so we have learned up to four-digit numbers in Vietnamese. And this rule works all the way up to nine-hundred-thousand. Oh and before, we go, can you give us the last one? One million?
Giang: In Vietnamese, it is “một triệu”. “triệu” is million, so “một triệu” is one million. Again, “một triệu”.


Jason: That’s it for this lesson. And this is also the last lesson of this boot camp series, so thanks for being with us.
Giang: Thanks for listening. Tạm biệt.
Jason: We’ll see you again in another series. Until next time!