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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Hello again! How would you say 3254 dong in Vietnamese?

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Wednesday at 12:10 PM
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Hi David,


Thank you for your comment . As my colleague Huyen explained below, to say "thousand" in Vietnamese, we have two words: "ngàn" or "nghìn". The word "ngàn" is used mostly in the Middle and the South of the country. And "nghìn" is usually used in the North. Hence your observation is correct :)


Please let us know if there is any question.


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Khanh

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Wednesday at 12:08 PM
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Hi aidriano,


Thank you for your comment and let us know if you have any further question.


Sincerely,


Khanh

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David
Friday at 09:58 PM
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While I was in Hanoi I never heard anyone say "ngàn". Only "nghìn"

aidriano
Monday at 07:46 PM
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Thank you for your response. My question related not to the usage of ngàn/nghìn, but to the "(Northern)" which had appeared beside a number of words, such as "đồng". I note that it has now been removed, I think its removal answers my question.

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Monday at 07:30 PM
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Hi Aidriano,


So, to say "thousand" in Vietnamese, we have two words: "ngàn" or "nghìn". The word "ngàn" is used mostly in the Middle and the South of the country. And "nghìn" is usually used in the North.


For example : For "10.000 dong."

People from the Middle or the South say: "mười ngàn đồng"

People from the North say: "mười nghìn đồng"

Both words mean "thousand".


Cheers,

Huyen

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aidriano
Thursday at 06:22 PM
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Could you please explain the usage of "(Northern)" beside a number of words in both the lesson notes and vocabulary to this lesson? Surely "đồng", for example, is the word used for the currency throughout the country and not just in the North?

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Wednesday at 01:03 PM
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Hi Andrew,


You are right, "lăm"(also "nhăm", which may be used by some people) is only used when it comes at the end of the number. For example 25 (hai mươi lăm), 475 (bốn trăm bảy mươi lăm, 1015 (một nghìn không trăm mười lăm).


"năm" is used when it is on its own (5) or comes at the beginning of the number (52 - năm mươi hai, 500 - năm trăm, 5400 - năm nghìn bốn trăm)


The only exception is when there is zero (0) before 5, even if 5 comes at the end of the number, it is still said as "năm".

For example: 105 (một trăm lẻ năm), 705 (bảy trăm lẻ năm), 2005 (hai nghìn không trăm lẻ năm)


I hope this explanation is clear to you.

Have a nice day,

Giang

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Andrew
Tuesday at 03:53 AM
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Xin Chào,


I'm confused because I notice there's two ways of saying "five"


lăm & năm


Which situation do I use when using either of those two words above?

Like for example, "lăm" can only be use at the end of the huge number? like 1235, 1245, 1255?

and "năm" can only be use if it's on it's own or a big number like 50, 500 or 5000?


Sorry if my question is not written correctly.


Thank you!

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Thursday at 01:42 AM
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Hi Daniel,


Thank you for your question.

There is no special term for ten thousand in Vietnamese.

We use the same rule as in English (separated by 3 digits, not 4 digits like Chinese or Japanese)

So "ten thousand" is always "mười ngàn" or "mười nghìn" ("ngàn" or "nghìn" means "thousand")


Cheers,

Giang

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Daniel Hong
Monday at 10:26 AM
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Hello Giang,


Is there a special term for ten thousand? I know China uses a different term for ten thousand, but what about in Vietnam?


Thank you,

Daniel Hong