Teach Yourself Vietnamese Complete Course


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Checking into Ho Chi Min City? Teach yourself Vietnamese!

With Teach Yourself it's possible for virtually anyone to learn and experience the languages of the world, from Afrikaans to Zulu; Ancient Greek to Modern Persian; Beginner's Latin to Biblical Hebrew. Follow any of the Teach Yourself Language Courses at your own pace or use them as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are professionally designed for self-guided study, making them one of the most enjoyable and easy to use language courses you can find.

Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

• Step-by-step guide to pronunciation and grammar

• Regular and irregular verb tables

• Plenty of practice exercises and answers

• Practical vocabulary and a bilingual glossary

• Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout

• An exploration of the culture

• And much more

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071434324
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Dana Healy has a Ph.D. in Vietnamese Language and Literature and has been a lecturer in Vietnamese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, since 1989.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Guide to pronunciation xi
Vietnamese alphabet xii
01 Rat han hanh duoc gap co / I am very pleased to meet you 1
Greeting people
Introducing yourself
Saying where you are from
Simple sentences and questions
02 Chi la thu ky, phai khong? / You are a secretary, aren't you? 9
Stating your occupation
Creating questions
Using new verbs
03 Tieng Viet co kho khong? / Is Vietnamese difficult? 19
Asking and saying what something is like
Using adjectives
Intensifying adjectives and adverbs
Some initial and final particles
Counting from 1 to 10
04 Chi co muon xem buc anh gia dinh toi khong? / Do you want to see a photograph of my family? 29
Talking about your family
Kinship terms
Question words
More numbers
Points on the compass
05 Ngay mai la thu may? / What day is it tomorrow? 42
The days of the week and months
Ordinal numbers
Demonstrative pronouns
Comparative and superlative adjectives
06 Xin loi, bay gio la may gio? / Excuse me, what's the time? 54
Asking and telling the time
Saying what the date is
Asking when?
Specifying tense
Asking how many?
07 Anh co mua gi nua khong? / Do you want to buy anything else? 66
Asking for something in a shop
Asking the price of items
Forming the plural
08 Chi con lam viec o khach san khong? / Do you still work in the hotel? 80
Describing your working day
Saying that you have finished doing something
Forming the genitive
Fractions, decimal numbers and percentages
09 Chi co chac la duong nay di den vien bao tang lich su khong? / Are you sure this is the way to the history museum? 90
Asking how to get somewhere
Giving directions
Forming the imperative
Asking how long something takes
Saying approximately
10 Toi co the xem ngoi nha ay duoc khong? / Can I see the house? 101
Talking about your house
Describing your room and its contents
Making a polite request
Saying what things are made of
11 Anh co bi sot khong? / Do you have a temperature? 110
Saying what is wrong with you
Asking why something is happening
Duoc and bi: attitude words
12 Anh co biet hieu an nao ngon khong? / Do you know a good restaurant? 121
Ordering a meal in a restaurant
Vietnamese dishes and ingredients
Instead of
Conjunctions neu ... thi (if ... then)
Forming the vocative
13 Chi da xem du bao thoi tiet chura? / Have you seen the weather forecast yet? 134
The weather
The seasons
Saying what you are wearing
Conjunctions khi ... thi (when ... then)
Saying not only ... but also
Using theo to express your opinion
14 Anh co nhan gi khong? / Do you want to leave a message? 143
Making a telephone call
Leaving a message
Modal verbs
15 Thu di Anh mat bao lau? / How long does it take for a letter to get to England? 152
The post office
Writing a letter
Saying the more ... the more
Saying apart from
Using the/vay (so)
16 Toi ghet nhac co dien / I hate classical music 160
Hobbies and leisure activities
Expressing the meaning although
Saying that something is happening at the same time as something else
17 Toi co the bay den Viet Nam qua duong Hong Kong khong? / Can I fly to Vietnam via Hong Kong? 169
Travel arrangements
Booking a hotel room
Buying a ticket
Changing money
Arranging a visa
Buying souvenirs
Verbs expressing direction of movement
Means of transport
Expressing the meaning of returning from somewhere
18 Anh co biet nui nao cao nhat o Viet Nam khong? / Do you know the highest mountain in Vietnam? 181
Contemporary Vietnam
Vocabulary for reading newspapers
Forming passive sentences
Using the verbs tro nen and tro thanh to become
Using lai
Revision unit 191
Translations of dialogues 197
Translations of selected texts 219
Taking it further 221
Key to the exercises 224
Vietnamese-English vocabulary 247
English-Vietnamese vocabulary 262
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