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Many Thanks to

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Lesson 1: Greetings
Lesson 2: Telling time, numbers
Lesson 3: Occupations and Subjects of Study
Lesson 4: Days of the Week, Dates
Lesson 5: Review
Lesson 6: Travel Destinations
Lesson 7: Daily Activities
Lesson 8: Family and School Activities
Lesson 9: Transportation
Lesson 10: Review
Lesson 11: Shopping and House Rental
Lesson 12: Travel and Eating Out
Lesson 13: Phone Conversations
Lesson 14: Shopping and Geography
Lesson 15: Review
Lesson 16: Daily Activities
Lesson 17: More on Travel
Lesson 18: Bargaining
Lesson 19: At the Restaurant
Lesson 20: Review


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Created by Hieu Nguyen
Dan Dan Tu
Trung Van Vo

 

Introduction to Lesson One

  • In this lesson you will learn how to introduce yourself and ask others their name.  You also will learn how to ask where others come from, the name of their country and the different regions in their country.
  • You will  learn how to address people properly according to the gender and the age of the person.   Gender and age are very important in face-to-face conversation in Vietnamese.  So learn Lesson One very well and practice it until you memorize the gender words and use them correctly.

 

Introduction to Lesson Two

  • In this lesson you will learn numbers, to tell time, to give your address, and to ask the address of the others.
  • You will also learn location name, different names of ministries, names of subjects of study and different occupations.   It also helps you to incorporate your knowledge of Lesson One with the new vocabulary in this lesson.
  • There are few rules in using the numbers after number ten, so learn them well now.

 

Introduction to Lesson Three

  • This lesson will introduce to you action verbs, names of different occupations , and names of different places.
  • It also shows you how to use of the  informal question word  "a". This word "a" following  a statement implies that the speaker expects confirmation , affirmative or negative, of the statement.

 

Introduction to Lesson Four

  • Duration phrases with "from ..to", and "how long"
  • Idiomatic usage of adjectives.
  • The use of "we" in Vietnamese:
    "chung toi" # chung ta"
  • Days of the week   ||  Date of the month
  • Names of the months
  • Different names for portion of the day
  • Ordinal numbers
  • The use of "when" according to the past, present or future, and as a question word.

 

 

Introduction to Lesson Five

  • This lesson helps you to review lesson 1 to lesson 4
  • Do the exercises then check the answers.  If you get below 60% of correct answers, you should go back and review again.  Master the patterns before going to the new lesson.

 

Introduction to Lesson Six

This lesson introduces:

More patterns on the use of time:
*  "Action +
bao lau?" = how long did/will + action?
*  "Action +
c + bao lau?" = how long were you able + action?
*  "Action +
c + bao lau + roi?" = how long have you been + action?

New patterns for making questions:
*  "
co .... khong?"
*  "
...... the nao?"

 

Introduction to Lesson Seven

You will learn in this lesson the use of:

*  "mi" as just, only then
*  "
ang" as on going action
*  "
se" as future indicator
*  "
lam" as adverb that can be used in a question or in a statement
*  "
rat" as adverb that can be used in a statement
*  New adjectives

 

Introduction to Lesson Eight

  • New terms for kinship and their use (see Dialog A4)
  • The use of classifiers: cai, cuon, a, ngi
  • The use of time indicator:
    *  "
    a + verb"
    *  "verb +
    roi"
    *  "
    a + verb + roi"
    *  "
    cha + verb"
  • New patterns:
    *  "
    co ... cha?"  ||  "a ... cha?"
    *  "
    may + object?" = how many? (with a number less than 10)
    *  "
    bao nhieu + object?" = how much? (with a number larger than 10)

 

Introduction to Lesson Nine

  • New vocabulary for transportation and directions
  • The pattern "bang g?"
  • New patterns:  "phai + verb" and "e + verb"
  • The use of a double question (question within a question)
    "
    .... co biet + a complete question + khong?"
  • The informal use of new question words:
    "action +
    ha?", "action + a?", "action + a?"
  • The informal answers:
    "
    da vang", "vang a", ""
  • The use of: "nen" and "tai" as conjunctions

 

Introduction to Lesson Ten

This lesson will help you to review all patterns in lesson 1 to 9 and to test your memory on the vocabulary.  If you are not sure in these exercises, please go back and review the past lessons.  Use the audio for you comprehension and for your fluency.  When you are sure that you have learned all the patterns, go to lesson 11.

 

Introduction to Lesson Eleven

This lesson will show how to select a place to rent, with new vocabulary to describe the house, the apartment or the objects to buy or to rent.  You will have a chance to incorporate the patterns from previous lessons in your transactions.  It also introduces a few more patterns:
  • The new patterns in making questions:
    "action +
    c khong?"
  • The new patterns in the response:
    "action +
    c"
  • The new pattern in getting someone's opinion:
    "
    Anh thay + person/object/action + the nao?"

 

Introduction to Lesson Twelve

In this lesson on TRAVEL and ENTERTAINMENT you will learn:
  • The use of imperative terms:
    "
    i, hay, ng"
  • New patterns:
    * In question forms:
       "
    ..... bao gi cha?"   || "..... lan nao cha?"
       "
    ..... may lan roi?"
    * In negative answer forms:
       "
    ..... khong ...... bao gi ca."
       "
    ..... cha ........ lan nao ca."

 

Introduction to Lesson Thirteen

This lesson presents telephone conversations to different parties.  It also introduces:
 
The use of new patterns:
* Question forms:
   "
..... au khong?" = ..... any where?
   "
..... g khong?"      = ..... anything?
   "
..... ai khong?"      = ..... anyone?
* Negative answers:
   "
..... khong ...... au ca." = ..... nowhere at all.
   "
..... khong ...... g ca."      = ..... nothing at all.
   "
..... khong ...... ai ca."      = ..... no one at all.  more ......

 

Introduction to Lesson Fourteen

You will learn in this lesson:
  • The comparative adjectives.
  • A few idiomatic expressions.   These are to be used at the beginning of a statement.
  • New vocabularies on geography.

 

Introduction to Lesson Fifteen

This lesson will test you on the previous patterns and vocabulary in various fields from the past lessons.  If you have trouble in doing the exercises, then review the old lessons.  Do the exercises again before going on to the new lesson.

 

Introduction to Lesson Sixteen

  • This lesson you will learn the use of:
    "
    mat" in statements about the price and cost.
    "
    cho" as preposition (to, for).
    "
    cho" as verb (to give, to allow).
  • Classifiers for FRUITS:
    "
    trai" for Southern dialect.
    "
    qua" for Northern dialect.
  • Classifiers for objects n general:
    "
    cai"

 

Introduction to Lesson Seventeen

  • The adverbs of time:
    "
    khi" as when
    "
    khi nao" as whenever
    "
    trc khi" as before ....
    "
    sau khi" as after ....
    "
    trong khi" as during ....
  • The idiomatic usage of:
    "
    co viec g vay?" = so what's up? / what is happening?
    "
    sau o th sao" = after that, then what?
  • The new pattern:
    "
    co the + verb" = can + verb/be able + verb

 

Introduction to Lesson Eighteen

This lesson will help you:
  • to go shopping.
  • to learn more vocabulary for your daily life: names of different foods, meats, products, color, weight in kilograms (not in pounds).
  • to bargain for your goods.

 

Introduction to Lesson Nineteen

This final lesson will take you to the restaurant for a good meal.  So learn the name of the different foods well, then use them in all the patterns you already have learned to give yourself a delicious meal, which you richly deserve.

 

Introduction to Lesson Twenty

This lesson will review all lessons in Book One: "SPOKEN VIETNAMESE FOR BEGINNERS".   Do all the exercises in this lesson.  If you have trouble, go back to all exercises in lesson 5, lesson 10 and lesson 15.  For your comprehension, use Interactive tests at the end of each lesson.