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INTRODUCTION
John: Words Often Used in Daily Conversations
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 4. In this lesson, you'll learn words often used in daily conversations.
John: These slang terms are used like normal words in everyday conversations. If you try to use them, you will be sure to put a smile on your Vietnamese friend's face!
SLANG EXPRESSIONS
John: The expressions you will be learning in this lesson are:
Nguyet: kẹo
Nguyet: hạt dẻ
Nguyet: xe của Bộ
Nguyet: nồi cơm điện
John: Nguyet, what's our first expression?
Nguyet: kẹo
John: literally meaning "candy." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "stingy."
Nguyet: [SLOW] kẹo [NORMAL] kẹo
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: kẹo
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to say someone is stingy.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Anh ta kẹo lắm, không cho tiền boa đâu. [SLOW] Anh ta kẹo lắm, không cho tiền boa đâu.
John: "He is very stingy, he never gives a tip."
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Anh ta kẹo lắm, không cho tiền boa đâu.
John: Okay, what's the next expression?
Nguyet: hạt dẻ
John: literally meaning "chestnut.” But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "cheap."
Nguyet: [SLOW] hạt dẻ [NORMAL] hạt dẻ
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: hạt dẻ
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to say that something is cheap. The word
Nguyet: dẻ
John: meaning "chestnut" is pronounced similarly to
Nguyet: rẻ
John: meaning "cheap" in Vietnamese. Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Cái này chỉ hai mươi nghìn thôi á? Hạt dẻ đấy! [SLOW] Cái này chỉ hai mươi nghìn thôi á? Hạt dẻ đấy!
John: "Oh, this one is only 20,000 dong? It's cheap!"
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Cái này chỉ hai mươi nghìn thôi á? Hạt dẻ đấy!
John: Okay, what's our next expression?
Nguyet: xe của Bộ
John: literally meaning "Vehicle of government department." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "walking."
Nguyet: [SLOW] xe của Bộ [NORMAL] xe của Bộ
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: xe của Bộ
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang when you want to tell someone you don't have your own vehicle and that you always walk — in a funny way. The word,
Nguyet: Bộ
John: means
Nguyet: đi bộ,
John: "walk," but also means "government department." Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Tôi không có xe máy vì tôi có xe của Bộ rồi. [SLOW] Tôi không có xe máy vì tôi có xe của Bộ rồi.
John: "I don't have a motorbike, so I walk all the time. "
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Tôi không có xe máy vì tôi có xe của Bộ rồi.
John: Okay, what's the last expression?
Nguyet: nồi cơm điện
John: literally meaning "rice cooker." But when it's used as a slang expression, it means "helmet."
Nguyet: [SLOW] nồi cơm điện [NORMAL] nồi cơm điện
John: Listeners, please repeat.
Nguyet: nồi cơm điện
[pause - 5 sec.]
John: Use this slang expression when you want to say "helmet." — As helmets look as big and inconvenient as rice cookers on the head.
John: Now let's hear an example sentence.
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Em mua ở đâu cái nồi cơm điện vừa to vừa nặng vậy? [SLOW] Em mua ở đâu cái nồi cơm điện vừa to vừa nặng vậy?
John: "Where did you buy that big and heavy helmet?"
Nguyet: [NORMAL] Em mua ở đâu cái nồi cơm điện vừa to vừa nặng vậy?
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: You tell your friend about a very great deal using a word literally meaning "chestnut."
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: hạt dẻ
John: "cheap"
John: That man paid the minimum at the charity party. He is...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: kẹo
John: "stingy"
John: You joke with your friend about his helmet being way too big.
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: nồi cơm điện
John: "helmet"
John: You missed the bus, so you had to go on foot all the way. You say...
[pause - 5 sec.]
Nguyet: xe của Bộ
John: "walking"

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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