Bai Bon - oi thoai
Lesson 4 - Dialog


  • Duration phrases with "from", 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.

Phan A: Cau mau - Patterns
oi thoai A1 - Dialog A1
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Hom nay la th may?
Hom qua la th t, vay hom nay la th nam.
Hom qua la ngay may?
Hom qua la (ngay) mong mi, vay hom nay la
(ngay) mi mot.

T vng (Vocabulary)

hom day
nay this
hom nay today
th may which day (of the week)
hom qua yesterday (day past)
th hai the second, Monday
th ba the third, Tuesday
th t the fourth,Wednesday
th nam the fifth, Thursday
th sau the sixth, Friday
th bay the seventh, Saturday
chu  nhat Sunday
vay/the... therefore...
ngay day
ngay may which day of the month (date)
mong Precedes numbers 1-10 for days of the  month.
Hom nay la th may? Which day of the week is it?

oi thoai A2 - Dialog A2
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Bob is a Canadian student in Vietnam; his friend Rosa comes to visit. They meet Hanh at a Vietnamese friend's house.


Anh Canada en Viet Nam (t) bao gi?
Toi en hom hai mi mot thang mi mot nam mot nghn chn tram chn mi mot.
Bao gi anh t Viet Nam ve Canada?
Khoang thang t nam hai nghn linh hai toi se ve.
Con ch Rosa en Viet Nam hoi nao?
Toi en thang trc va tuan nay se ve Canada.

T vng (Vocabulary)

T from, since
bao gi when
mi Increments of 10 after numbers :20,30...
hai mi twenty
mot (after mi) one
hai mi mot twenty one
thang month
nghn (No.), ngan(so.) (one) thousand
tram (one) hundred
khoang approximately
thang t the fourth month, April
linh(no.), le (so.) zero between numbers in whole numbers
se will, shall
hoi period, time (Past)
hoi nao when (in the past)
trc before, the...before
thang trc last month
tuan week
nay   this
Bao gi anh en? When will you come?
Anh en (t) bao gi? (Since) when did you come?(No.)
Anh en (t) hoi nao? (Since) when did you come?(So.)
/t Place1 en Place2 from place1 to place2
hom hai mi mot thang mi mot on the 21st of November
nam hai nghn linh hai the year 2002

oi thoai A3 - Dialog A3
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Bob meets Hai from Bac Ninh who has just arrived in town.

Hom qua ch en luc may gi?
Toi en luc tam (gi) ri toi.
Bao gi ch ve?
Chn gi kem mi lam sang mai toi (se) ve.

T vng (Vocabulary)

luc moment, at the moment of
ri half past, and a half ( For numbers under 100)
toi be dark, evening, after dark
kem (No.) minus, be less than, inferior to
thieu (So.) minus, be insufficient
lam equal nam after mi or mi (ex. mi lam as fifteen or hai mi lam as twenty five).
sang morning
(ngay)  mai tomorrow
ve...luc maygi What time did you return?
bao gi / When/What time will you return?  

[Dialog Translation]

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