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INTRODUCTION
Brandon: Hey there! I’m Brandon and welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com. This is lower beginner Season 1, Lesson 3 - Making An Appointment in Vietnamese.
Huyen: Xin chào! I’m Huyen.
Brandon: In this lesson you will learn how to make an appointment. The conversation takes place on the phone and is between John and Nam.
Huyen: They are business partners, so they will be using formal Vietnamese.
Brandon: Let’s listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

John: Lợi nhuận gần đây thế nào?
Nam: Không được tốt lắm. Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh để bàn về vấn đề này.
John: Được thôi.
Nam: Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?
John: Chiều thứ năm được không?
Nam: Ok.
Brandon: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
John: Lợi nhuận gần đây thế nào?
Nam: Không được tốt lắm. Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh để bàn về vấn đề này.
John: Được thôi.
Nam: Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?
John: Chiều thứ năm được không?
Nam: Ok.
Brandon: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
John: Lợi nhuận gần đây thế nào?
Brandon: How are profits recently?
Nam: Không được tốt lắm. Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh để bàn về vấn đề này.
Brandon: Not so good. I would like to make an appointment with you to talk about this problem.
John: Được thôi.
Brandon: That’s fine.
Nam: Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?
Brandon: When is convenient for you?
John: Chiều thứ năm được không?
Brandon: Is Thursday afternoon okay?
Nam: Ok.
Brandon: Okay.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Brandon: Huyen, could you tell us how to set up a meeting with a Vietnamese business partner?
Huyen: To meet with a business partner in Vietnam, it’s necessary to arrange it several weeks beforehand. It may take more time for a big company or corporation.
Brandon: What if we already know them?
Huyen: That would be easier, and you can schedule a meeting within one week then. It’s also essential to send related documents and information about the number of participants, and their position titles to your partner before the meeting.
Brandon: Are Vietnamese people punctual?
Huyen: Not always. It’s common to start a meeting 15 to 20 minutes later than scheduled. But you should be punctual. It’s better to wait for them than to make them wait for you.
Brandon: What about other business meeting etiquette?
Huyen: When you first meet someone, exchange business cards with both hands. You can shake hands with male partners, but remember to wait for your female partner to extend her hand first. Gifts aren’t necessary, but bringing something from your country is a good idea.
Brandon: Interesting. I’m sure this information will help our listeners to understand more about business etiquette in Vietnam. Okay, now let’s move on to the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Brandon: The first word we shall see is:
Huyen: lợi nhuận [natural native speed]
Brandon: profit
Huyen: lợi nhuận [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: lợi nhuận [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: không được tốt lắm [natural native speed]
Brandon: not so good
Huyen: không được tốt lắm [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: không được tốt lắm [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: hẹn gặp [natural native speed]
Brandon: to make an appointment
Huyen: hẹn gặp [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: hẹn gặp [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: bàn [natural native speed]
Brandon: to discuss/to talk about
Huyen: bàn [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: bàn [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: vấn đề [natural native speed]
Brandon: problem/issue
Huyen: vấn đề [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: vấn đề [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: được [natural native speed]
Brandon: fine, okay, nice
Huyen: được [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: được [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: khi nào [natural native speed]
Brandon: when
Huyen: khi nào [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: khi nào [natural native speed]
Next:
Huyen: tiện [natural native speed]
Brandon: convenient
Huyen: tiện [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: tiện [natural native speed]
And Last:
Huyen: chiều [natural native speed]
Brandon: afternoon
Huyen: chiều [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Huyen: chiều [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. First we have…
Huyen: không được tốt lắm
Brandon: Meaning “Not so good”, or “not very good.” This phrase lets you express that something isn’t as good as you expected, when you don’t want to say directly that it’s bad. You can use the same structure with other adjectives or adverbs.
Huyen: The structure is: không được, plus an adjective or adverb and followed by “lắm”.
Brandon: Let’s give our listeners some examples.
Huyen: Không được đẹp lắm.
Brandon: “Not so nice” or “not so beautiful”
Huyen: không được vui lắm
Brandon: Not so fun
Huyen: Không được hay lắm
Brandon: “Not so good,” or “not so interesting”
Brandon: The second word is an adjective that we learned in the absolute beginner series.
Huyen: được
Brandon: This adjective is used to describe someone or something as being fine, okay or good. Because it can go with almost all nouns, it’s a very useful adjective.
Huyen: It’s often used with the adverbs “rất” or “lắm” which both mean “very” or “so”.
For example: Bộ phim này rất được.
Brandon: This movie is very good.
Huyen: Cô gái đó rất được.
Brandon: That girl is very nice.
Huyen: Món ăn này được lắm.
Brandon: This food is so good.
Huyen: Please remember that “được” is never used in an adjective-noun phrase.
Brandon: That means we will NOT translate “a good movie” as:
Huyen: “Một bộ phim được” but we’ll say “một bộ phim hay”
Brandon: And “a nice girl” is not translated as:
Huyen: “Một cô gái được” but as “một cô gái tốt”
Brandon: One more usage of this adjective is by itself in reply to an invitation, a suggestion or a request. In this case, it means “yes” or “fine”.
Huyen: The particle “thôi” is often used with “được” in this case to make the phrase: “được thôi”.
Brandon: Let’s hear a sample conversation.
Huyen: Mai đi xem phim nhé?
- Được thôi.
Brandon: “Let’s go to the cinema tomorrow.
- That’s fine.” Okay, the last word we have is:
Huyen: chiều, or you can say “buổi chiều”
Brandon: Meaning “afternoon”. In Vietnamese, there are five words to refer to different times of the day:
Huyen: sáng or buổi sáng
Brandon: morning
Huyen: trưa or buổi trưa
Brandon: noon
Huyen: chiều or buổi chiều
Brandon: afternoon
Huyen: tối or buổi tối
Brandon: evening
Huyen: đêm or nửa đêm
Brandon: Meaning “midnight.” Okay, now onto the grammar.

Lesson focus

Brandon: In this lesson, you’ll learn about sentence structures used to make an appointment.
Huyen: Let’s get into it. In Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh để bàn về vấn đề này.
Brandon: The key phrase is:
Huyen: “Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh”
Brandon: “I would like, or, I want to make an appointment with you.” The equivalent of “you” will change according to who you are talking to.
Huyen: The speaker in this dialogue is talking with a male business partner, so the 2nd person pronoun “anh” is used.
Brandon: The key phrase can be followed by a phrase explaining the purpose.
Huyen: The phrase of purpose starts with “để” meaning “to,” or, “in order to” plus a verb phrase.
Brandon: In the sample sentence, the purpose is:
Huyen: để bàn về vấn đề này
Brandon: meaning “to talk about this problem”
Huyen: You can add a time phrase before the purpose if you want to set the exact time for the appointment, but it’s optional.
Brandon: The whole structure is:
Huyen: “Tôi muốn hẹn gặp”, followed by the second person pronoun, then a time phrase if any, and finally a phrase of purpose starting with “để”, then a verb phrase.
Brandon: Please note that this structure is more commonly used in business situations.
Huyen: For example: Tôi muốn hẹn gặp chị vào sáng thứ hai.
Brandon: Which is “I would like to make an appointment with you on Monday morning.”
Huyen: Tôi muốn hẹn gặp chị vào sáng thứ hai để lên kế hoạch marketing.
Brandon: I would like to make an appointment with you on Monday morning to make marketing plans.
Huyen: You can ask about the other person’s availability in a separate question.
Brandon: In the dialogue, you hear:
Huyen: Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?
Brandon: “When is good for you?” or “When is convenient for you?”
Huyen: The structure is: “Khi nào thì tiện cho”, followed by the second person pronoun.
Brandon: Let’s hear a sample conversation:
Huyen: Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh để bàn kế hoạch hợp tác.
Brandon: “I would like to make an appointment with you to discuss our partnership plan.”
Huyen: Được thôi.
Brandon: “That’s fine.”
Huyen: Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?
Brandon: When is good for you?
Huyen: Thứ hai tuần tới nhé.
Brandon Next Monday, ok?

Outro

Huyen: Well, that’s the end of this lesson.
Brandon: Please check the lesson notes for a review of what we have learned, and don’t forget to leave us a question or comment after this lesson.
Huyen: Thanks for listening, and see you in lesson 4. Tạm biệt!
Brandon: Bye!

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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! What does Tôi muốn hẹn gặp anh mean?

Mario
Thursday at 12:50 PM
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good morning!

what does the word "thì" means in the sentence "Khi nào thì tiện cho anh?"


Thank you

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Sunday at 11:25 PM
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Xin chào Melissa Malone,


Thanks a lot for your great feedback. 😇

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.


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Melissa Malone
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Great lesson, loving the option to play the audio. Much appreciated😄

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Hi again Michelle,


"Bàn" is indeed commonly used throughout all of Vietnam in both formal and informal contexts. For example:


- Ngày mai bạn có rảnh không? Mình muốn bàn kế hoạch cho cuối tuần này. (Are you free tomorrow? I'd like to discuss our plan for this weekend.)

- Chiều nay chúng tôi sẽ gặp gỡ một khách hàng quan trọng để bàn về chiến lược tiếp thị mới. (We are is meeting an important client this afternoon to discuss our new marketing strategy.)


Hope this helps and let us know if you have further questions!


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Khanh

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Hi Michelle,


Thank you for your comment. While "Được thôi" means "that is fine", "thôi đi" literally means "stop it" and can be understood as "no" in some contexts. Hope this helps and let us know if you have further questions.


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Khanh

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Xin chào Git Lui,


Thank you so much for your kind message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Good luck with your language studies.


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Git Lui
Monday at 01:13 PM
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👍I learned more from the lesson notes in this lesson and also the examples given to the words in vocabulary is very helpful.

Michelle
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Hello, while Được thôi means that is fine, why does thôi đi mean no?

Michelle
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Hello, is 'bàn ' commonly used throughout all of Vietnam, or is more a regional word, or used for formal situations, such as business meetings?

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Hello kn,


Thank you for your question.

"Tôi hẹn gặp đối tác vào sáng mai" = I make an appointment with the counterparty in tomorrow morning.


Please let us know if you have further question.

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Nguyet Nguyen

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