| Quick Vietnamese for Tourists is a series of short
conversations for tourists that should be useful in getting around Vietnam and talking to
the Vietnamese. The conversations are organized as if you were to spend a week in Vietnam,
with a total of seven lessons dealing with seven topics that would involve a typical
tourist. The top priority is to teach you how to be polite to your hosts so that you can
return from your trip with good memories. Being polite is a good way to get help when you
are in need and to make friends along the way as you travel. You can show politeness with
a smile and gentle tone of voice, as well as with words used to excuse yourself, to show
thanks, and to compliment your hosts. The Vietnamese, like most Asians do not respond well
to loud and angry talk and confrontations.
Your task is to
memorize the vocabulary and conversations and to practice saying them aloud to yourself,
with friends, or Vietnamese speakers that you may know. You don't need to worry about
grammar at this point. Set a goal of learning 10-20 words or phrases a day, and you will
soon have a lot of useful language at your disposal. "Language is Power!" For a guide to pronunciation
and general information on travel click on the links. And happy travels!
Table of Contents
|Day One: 1- getting directions to take a bus to go into
the city (Saigon, Hanoi, etc.). 2- Checking in at your hotel. 3- Eating at your hotel
|Day Two: 1- Handling Vietnamese currency and currency exchange. 2- Getting information to go
to a good but not expensive restaurant. 3- At the restaurant: ordering a meal.
|Day Three: 1- At a bike shop: renting a bike for a day.
2- Renting a car with a driver. 3- Small talk with the driver. 4- Phrases for medical
|Day Four: 1- Getting information about a good place to
shop for locally made goods. 2- Going shopping: how to bargain for a good price.
|Day Five: 1- A day trip outside the city by car. 2-
Conversing with people you meets on the trip
|Day Six: 1- At a bookstore with your new Vietnamese
friend. 2- Asking your friend for advice about what to buy. 3- Finding out about your
friend's background: family, hobbies, education.....
|Day Seven: Preparing to leave to return to your home
country: 1- checking the flight information; 2- reserving a seat on the airport bus or
arranging for a taxi; 3- hotel checkout; 4- preparing to go through immigration departure
Contents by Dan Dan Tu
Designed by Hieu Nguyen
Trung Van Vo