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INTRODUCTION
Brandon: Hey there! I’m Brandon and welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com. This is lower beginner Season 1, Lesson 22 - Finding a Currency Exchange Counter in Vietnam.
Huyen: Xin chào! I’m Huyen.
Brandon: In this lesson, you'll learn how to talk about order and ranking. The conversation takes place at a bank, and is between Mai and the bank clerk.
Huyen: The speakers are strangers, so they'll be using formal Vietnamese.
Brandon: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Mai: Tôi muốn đổi tiền.
Bank clerk: Mời chị điền thông tin vào đây ạ.
Mai: Xong rồi ạ.
Bank clerk: Cảm ơn chị. Mời chị đợi ở quầy thứ ba phía bên phải. Chúng tôi sẽ gọi tên.
Mai: Vâng cảm ơn chị.
Bank clerk: Không có gì.
Brandon: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Mai: Tôi muốn đổi tiền.
Bank clerk: Mời chị điền thông tin vào đây ạ.
Mai: Xong rồi ạ.
Bank clerk: Cảm ơn chị. Mời chị đợi ở quầy thứ ba phía bên phải. Chúng tôi sẽ gọi tên.
Mai: Vâng cảm ơn chị.
Bank clerk: Không có gì.
Brandon: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Mai: Tôi muốn đổi tiền.
Brandon: I want to exchange money.
Bank clerk: Mời chị điền thông tin vào đây ạ.
Brandon: Please fill in your information here.
Mai: Xong rồi ạ.
Brandon: I'm done.
Bank clerk: Cảm ơn chị. Mời chị đợi ở quầy thứ ba phía bên phải. Chúng tôi sẽ gọi tên.
Brandon: Thank you. Please wait at the third counter on your right. We'll call your name.
Mai: Vâng cảm ơn chị.
Brandon: Okay, thank you.
Bank clerk: Không có gì.
Brandon: You're welcome.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Brandon: Huyen, do you have any tips or special notes for our listeners about money exchange?
Huyen: US dollars are the most convenient because you can exchange them for Vietnamese dong even in small bank branches. If you want to exchange other currencies, you may have to go to the head office of each bank.
Brandon: Also, you should expect to carry a lot of notes with you after exchanging to dong. And make sure to check the notes you receive, because damaged notes are not accepted in any shops or restaurants.
Huyen: That’s right. In particular, don’t mistake the 500,000 dong note for the 20,000 dong note because they look quite similar. To avoid confusion, keep them separate.
Brandon: Those are some good tips, listeners! Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Brandon: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Huyen: đổi [natural native speed]
Brandon: to change, to exchange, to convert
Huyen: đổi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: đổi [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: tiền [natural native speed]
Brandon: money
Huyen: tiền [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: tiền [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: Mời [natural native speed]
Brandon: please
Huyen: Mời [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: Mời [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: điền [natural native speed]
Brandon: to fill in
Huyen: điền [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: điền [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: thông tin [natural native speed]
Brandon: information
Huyen: thông tin [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: thông tin [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: đợi [natural native speed]
Brandon: to wait
Huyen: đợi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: đợi [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: quầy [natural native speed]
Brandon: counter, booth, stall, kiosk
Huyen: quầy [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: quầy [natural native speed]
And Last:
Huyen: gọi [natural native speed]
Brandon: to call
Huyen: gọi [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: gọi [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Brandon: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first key word we have is…
Huyen: mời
Brandon: "please"
Huyen: ”Mời” is the short form of “Xin mời” that we learned in another lesson. It also means “please.”
Brandon: It's added before a pronoun, and then followed by a main verb to make a polite request to someone, but it can only be used with certain verbs.
Huyen: The word “mời” itself means “to invite,” so literally, the request is more like an invitation for someone to do something.
Brandon: Let’s give our listeners an example.
Huyen: Mời chị ngồi
Brandon: "Please sit down, miss."
Huyen: The second word is, đợi
Brandon: Which means "to wait." It can be followed by a noun, pronoun, or a person’s name to express that you're waiting for someone or something. For example...
Huyen: Tôi đang đợi một người bạn.
Brandon: "I’m waiting for a friend."
Huyen: “đợi” can also be followed by a noun, a pronoun, or person’s name plus a verb phrase right after that, to mean that you're waiting for someone to do something.
Brandon: Here’s a sample sentence.
Huyen: Minh đang đợi bạn gái mua đồ trong siêu thị.
Brandon: "Minh is waiting for his girlfriend to buy things in the supermarket."
Huyen: Finally, we have, quầy
Brandon: Which means "Counter" or "booth." It also refers to a stall or a kiosk.
Huyen: The noun or verb phrase indicating the type of counter or kiosk comes after “quầy”.
Brandon: For example...
Huyen: quầy lễ tân
Brandon: "reception counter" Okay, now onto the grammar.

Lesson focus

Brandon: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to use ordinal numbers. Let’s listen to the sample sentence in the dialogue again.
Huyen: Mời chị đợi ở quầy thứ ba phía bên phải.
Brandon: "Please wait at the third counter on your right."
Huyen: The main phrase here is “quầy thứ ba”
Brandon: "The third counter"
Huyen: To form an ordinal number, simply add the word “thứ”, meaning “order” or “rank,” before a cardinal number.
Brandon: For example...
Huyen: thứ hai
Brandon: "the second"
Huyen: thứ năm
Brandon: "the fifth"
Huyen: thứ mười chín
Brandon: "the nineteenth." There are some exceptions, which are “the first”, “the fourth”, and “the last”.
Huyen: The first is “thứ nhất” or “đầu tiên” instead of “thứ một”. The fourth is “thứ tư” instead of “thứ bốn”. And “the last” is “cuối cùng” without “thứ”
Brandon: Let’s listen again. "The first" is...
Huyen: “thứ nhất” OR “đầu tiên”
Brandon: " The fourth" is
Huyen: thứ tư
Brandon: And "the last" is
Huyen: cuối cùng
Brandon: To use an ordinal number in a noun phrase, add it right after the main noun. Let’s put them all in sample sentences. For example..
Huyen: Quyển sách này bị mất trang cuối cùng.
Brandon: “The last page of this book is missing.”
Huyen: To talk about the order or position in a ranking, the verb “đứng,” which means “to stand,” is added before the ordinal number.
Brandon: This literally means “stand at the.[something]..position in the ranking” For example..
Huyen: Bài hát này đứng vị trí thứ ba trong bảng xếp hạng MTV tuần này.
Brandon: "This song is at the third position in MTV's ranking this week."
Huyen: Alright, that’s all for the ordinal numbers. Listeners, can you say this next sentence in Vietnamese?
Brandon: "This is the twenty-second lesson.”
[pause]
Huyen: Have you got your answer yet? The correct answer is, “Đây là bài học thứ hai mươi hai.”
Brandon: Is this answer the same as yours? Let us know in the comments!

Outro

Brandon: And that’s all for this lesson. Make sure to check the lesson notes to review what you’ve learned, and we’ll see you next time. Thanks for listening, bye!
Huyen: Tạm biệt!

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Hi Listeners! What kind of currency is used in Vietnam?