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Hello and welcome to Southern Vietnamese Survival Phrases brought to you by VietnamesePod101.com. This course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Southern Vietnam. You’ll be surprised at how far a little Vietnamese will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by VietnamesePod101.com. There, you’ll find the accompanying PDF lesson notes and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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Southern Vietnamese Survival Phrases lesson 11 - Restaurant 1 - How Many People? (And Numbers) in Southern Vietnamese
Today, we’ll cover getting a table in a restaurant. As for ordering, you’ll just have to hang on until next week. Now usually, the first question you’ll be asked is "How many people are in your party?" In Vietnamese, this is Tất cả là mấy người?
Let’s hear this again, Tất cả là mấy người?
Let’s break this phrase down into two parts. The first part, Tất cả means “entire.” Tất and cả are said in the rising tone, Tất cả.
Tất cả
This is followed by là mấy người, which means "How many people?" Là and mấy are both said in the rising tone, là mấy.
là mấy
The word người means “people” and it falls gradually.
Let’s say it again, người.
So let’s practice the entire second part, là mấy người.
là mấy người
Let’s put these two parts together - Tất cả là mấy người?
Tất cả là mấy người?
We can get away with answering by pointing or showing the number of people on our hands. In Some languages, there are even counters for different things, units, animals, people. But in Vietnamese, it’s just like English. You only have to learn one set of numbers.
Let’s just practice the numbers 1 through 5 here.
One - một, một.
This is the sharp falling tone.
một, một
Two - hai, hai
Hai is the flat tone.
hai, hai
Three - ba, ba.
This is the flat tone.
ba, ba.
Four - bốn, bốn.
The rising tone.
bốn, bốn
Five - năm, năm.
The flat tone.
năm, năm
So let’s go over how to answer at a restaurant. Just like in English, the number of people comes first. So for example, for one person, you would say một người.
một người
For two people, you would say hai người.
hai người
Vietnam is full of street vendors and restaurants where you usually seat yourself and the staff will come and take your order.


Okay, to close out today’s lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it out loud. You’ll have a few seconds before I give you the answer, so, chúc may mắn, this means “good luck” in Vietnamese.
Okay, here we go!
“How many people are in your party?” - Tất cả là mấy người?
Tất cả là mấy người?
Tất cả là mấy người?
“One” - Một
“Two” - Hai
“Three” - Ba
“Four” - Bốn
“Five” - Năm
All right, that's going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by VietnamesePod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF lesson notes. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment. Bye!