Quick Vietnamese for Tourists

*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 through customs at the International Visitors Arrival Gate. 2-
getting directions to take a bus to go into the city (Saigon, Hanoi, etc.). 3- Checking in
at your hotel. 4- Eating at your hotel.

__Day Two__: 1- Handling Vietnamese currency (link) 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 emergencies.

__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 the driver
or other Vietnamese about rural life.

__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 procedure.

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Day One

Getting through Customs

- Hello Mr./Ms.
- Hello Mr./Ms.

- Where is your passport, please? Let me see it.

B. Here's my passport.

- What is your name? Anything to declare?
- My name is ___________. I have nothing to declare.

- Please open you suitcases and other packages.
- .....Here they are; they are all opened.

- What do you have in there?
- Clothing and a camera.

- Everything is in order. Have a nice visit!
- Thank you!

- You are welcome. (Nothing to thank me for.)

Getting directions to get on an airport bus to go into the city

- Excuse me. Where is the bus to Hanoi/Saigon?
- You go out at this door. It is front of you. The buses are on the right.

A. Thank you!

B. (to someone at the bus stop) Does this bus go to Hanoi/Saigon?

A. Yes. This one goes to Hanoi/Saigon.

B. How much is the ticket?

A. 75,000 Dong ($5.00 U.S.)

B. I would like to buy one ticket to Hanoi City

__At the hotel__

A. Hello, Mr./Ms. My name is _________. I have a reservation for a week starting from today. Here is my reservation paper.

B. Yes. Hello Mr. Ms. Did you have a nice trip?

A. Yes, thank you.

B. Your room number is 147. Here is the key.

A. Do you have a dining room here in the hotel?

B. Yes, we do. The dining room is on the left, near the elevator.

A. Thank your. Do you accept Visa?

B. Yes, we do.

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Day Two

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