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INTRODUCTION
John: Phrases Expressing Actions, part 6
John: Hi everyone, and welcome back to VietnamesePod101.com. I'm John.
Nguyet: And I'm Nguyet!
John: This is Must-Know Vietnamese Slang Words and Phrases, Season 1, Lesson 19. In this lesson, you'll learn more phrases expressing actions.
John: You will put a big smile on your Vietnamese friends' faces when you use these slang words and phrases to talk to them. They are about different actions in daily life.
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Nguyet: vùi đầu vào
Nguyet: nói điêu
Nguyet: đo lọ nước mắm
Nguyet: bó tay
John: Nguyet, what's our first expression?
Nguyet: vùi đầu vào
John: literally meaning "bury someone's head into something." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "being busy with something."
Nguyet: [SLOW] vùi đầu vào [NORMAL] vùi đầu vào
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: vùi đầu vào
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to talk about someone who is very busy with something.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Sắp đến ngày thi tốt nghiệp, Mike vùi đầu vào học bài ngày đêm. [SLOW] Sắp đến ngày thi tốt nghiệp, Mike vùi đầu vào học bài ngày đêm.
John: "As the final exam draws closer, Mike has been super busy with his studies."
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Sắp đến ngày thi tốt nghiệp, Mike vùi đầu vào học bài ngày đêm.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Nguyet: nói điêu
John: literally meaning "telling lies." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "making something up about someone or something."
Nguyet: [SLOW] nói điêu [NORMAL] nói điêu
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: nói điêu
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you talk about someone making things up or not being truthful.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Chị ta có tật hay nói điêu về mọi người xung quanh. [SLOW] Chị ta có tật hay nói điêu về mọi người xung quanh.
John: "She has a habit of making things up about people around her. "
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Chị ta có tật hay nói điêu về mọi người xung quanh.
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Nguyet: đo lọ nước mắm
John: literally meaning "measuring the fish sauce bottle." This refers to someone who checks and measures his fish sauce bottle after each time he uses it. When it's used as a slang expression it means "to be stingy."
Nguyet: [SLOW] đo lọ nước mắm [NORMAL] đo lọ nước mắm
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: đo lọ nước mắm
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you refer to someone being stingy.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Trông vậy thôi nhưng ông ta là loại người đo lọ nước mắm đó. [SLOW] Trông vậy thôi nhưng ông ta là loại người đo lọ nước mắm đó.
John: "Despite his look, he's a stingy type of man."
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Trông vậy thôi nhưng ông ta là loại người đo lọ nước mắm đó.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Nguyet: bó tay
John: literally meaning "to tie hands." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "to give up."
Nguyet: [SLOW] bó tay [NORMAL] bó tay
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: bó tay
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you have something that is too difficult to handle and you give up or you have nothing to say.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Tại sao em làm vậy? Tôi không thể hiều được. Đúng là bó tay! [SLOW] Tại sao em làm vậy? Tôi không thể hiều được. Đúng là bó tay!
John: "I can't understand why you did that! I give up!"
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Tại sao em làm vậy? Tôi không thể hiều được. Đúng là bó tay!
QUIZ
John: Okay listeners, are you ready to be quizzed on the expressions you just learned? I will describe four situations, and you will choose the right expression to use in your reply. Are you ready?
John: She always tries to put him under a bad light.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: nói điêu
John: "making something up about someone or something"
John: He couldn’t take a lunch break because he had meetings all day.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: vùi đầu vào
John: "being busy with something"
John: They already decided on the trip, no matter what you suggest, they won’t change their minds.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: bó tay
John: "to give up"
John: He counts all the coins after getting his change.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: đo lọ nước mắm
John: "to be stingy"

Outro

John: There you have it; you have mastered four Vietnamese Slang Expressions! We have more vocab lists available at VietnamesePod101.com so be sure to check them out. Thanks everyone, and see you next time!
Nguyet: Tạm biệt.

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