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Studying Vietnamese through English [Learning Vietnamese Book]


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Studying Vietnamese through English - Mai Ngoc Chu- Title: Studying Vietnamese through English =​ Học tiếng Việt bằng tiếng Anh
- Author: Mai Ngoc Chu

- Edition: 10th edition (revised and amended).
- Published: Nhà xuất bản Thế Giới
- Content Types: text
- Carrier Types: computer disc
- Physical Description: 535 pages ; 21 cm + 1 CD.
- Subjects: Learn Vietnamese, Study and teaching, Vietnamese language, Textbooks for foreign English speakers
- Target Audience: General
- Language: English & Vietnamese

CONTENT

Lesson 1                      HELLO

Conversations

  • Meeting people in the street
  • Meeting people at a new house party
  • Meeting people at the office

Grammar

  • Personal pronouns
  • Greetings
  • The word indicating the plural number
  • The word indicating respect
  • Way of telling about professions
  • Saying good – bye

Practice

Reading comprehension Occupations

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 2                      WHAT IS YOUR NATIONALITY?

Conversations

  • At the International Club
  • At the party on Vietnam National Day occasion in Hanoi

Grammar

  • Making introductions
  • Way of telling about one`s name
  • Way of telling about one`s nationality
  • The question – tag “phải không?”
  • The words “cũng” (also) and “đều” (all)
  • The words “chúng tôi” and “chúng ta”

Practice

Reading comprehension                     We study Vietnamese

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 3                      INQUIRING AFTER THE FAMILY

Conversations

  • How old are you?
  • Are you married?
  • How many children have you got?

Grammar

  • Way of telling about one`s age
  • Way of telling about one`s marriage
  • Cardinal number

Practice

Reading comprehension                     My intimate friends

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 4                      WHO IS THIS?

Conversations

  • Introducing people in the album
  • Back to one`s home village with a friend

Grammar

  • Usage of the word “mình” (I)
  • The meanings of the word “uncle”
  • Sentences with predicative verbs
  • The questions with the word “đâu” (where)

Practice

Reading comprehension                     My family

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 5                      WHAT?

  • Conversations
  • At Thao Cam Vien Park
  • At the exhibition
  • At a shop

Grammar

  • The classifiers “cái” and “con”
  • The words “đây” (this) and “kia” (that)
  • Sentences with predicative adjectives
  • The words “rất”, “lắm”, “quá” (very)

Practice

Reading comprehension                     The Thu Le Park

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 6                      WHICH MOUNTAIN IS THE HIGHEST?

Conversations

  • On the flight to Hanoi Capital
  • At the friend`s house

Grammar

  • Adverbs of comparison
  • The meanings of the word “nào” (which, any)
  • Ordinal number

Practice

Reading comprehension

The world`s tallest building

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 7                      IT IS FRIDAY TO DAY

Conversations

  • What is the date today?
  • What is the month?
  • Talking on the road

Grammar

  • Way of telling the days of a month
  • The different time of the day
  • The days of a week
  • The future tense, the present tense and the past tense
  • The questions with “bao giờ”, “khi nào” (when)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Holidays in Vietnam

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 8                      ASKING TIME

Conversations

  • On the road to the university
  • Asking time in the bus
  • At the office
  • Before classes

Grammar

  • Way of telling the time
  • Way of telling the seasons of a year
  • The words “khoảng”, “chừng”, “độ” (about)
  • The words “vừa”, “mới”, “vừa mới” (just)
  • How long?
  • Adverbs of manner

Practice

Reading comprehension

My working day

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 9                      ON THE FLIGHT TO OSAKA

Conversations

  • Asking about flights
  • Checking in
  • At the Airport Immigration
  • At the Customs Office

Grammar

  • Usage of the words “mấy” and “nhiêu” (how much, how many)
  • The questions with the words “sao”, “vì sao”, “tại sao” (why)
  • The words “ngoài”, “trừ” (except)
  • The complex sentences with “Nếu ……thì……..” (If)
  • The sentences with “Ngoài…….ra……..còn…….”

(Apart from……...also………)

  • The meanings of the word “thấy” (see, f ell, think)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Noibai International Airport

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 10                    I HAVE LOST MY WAY

Conversations

  • Asking the way to o hotel
  • Asking the way to the Embassy
  • Asking the way to Danang city

Grammar

  • How far?
  • What for?
  • The meanings of the word “bằng”

(by, in, with, of)

  • The meanings of the word “cách đây”

(from here, ago)

  • Usage of the words “được” and “bị”

Practice

Reading comprehension Way to the West lake

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 11                    COMMUNICATION -- TRAFFIC

Conversations

  • Where to go? How to go?
  • At the Hanoi railway station
  • Calling a taxi

Grammar

  • Usage of the word “có thể” (can, maybe)
  • The words of direction
  • The words “nên” (should), “cần”

(need), “phải” (must)

(come back…..from)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Airlines and air accidents

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 12                    RENTING A ROOM

Conversations

  • Booking a room
  • At the reception section
  • In the room 342
  • Finding a house

Grammar

  • The words “vẫn”, “còn” (still)
  • The couple of words “chỉ……..thôi” (Only)
  • Usage of the word “sắp” (be going to)
  • The words “các” and “những”
  • The word “mời” (please, invite)
  • Usage of words “toàn thể”, “tất cả”, “cả” (all)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Hotel system in Hanoi

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 13                   CHANGING MONEY – OPENING AN ACCOUNT

Conversations

  • Asking about banks in Hanoi
  • At the Public Bank
  • Making a A.T.M (automated teller machine) card to withdraw money

Grammar

  • The words “hay and “hoặc” (or)
  • The pattern “không……gì cả”

(not ……anything at all)

  • The pattern “không…… đâu cả”

(not ……anywhere at all)

  • The couple of the words “Vì……nên….”

(Because…..)

  • The word “như” (like, as)
  • The pattern “không……nào cả”

(not ……any…… at all)

Practice

Reading comprehension

3.2 billion U.S.D project for a 500 storey building

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 14                   HAVING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT

Conversations

  • Looking for a nice and cheap restaurant
  • Ordering food
  • At the café

Grammar

  • The imperative
  • The pattern “vừa …. vừa….” (both……and….)
  • The words expressing result of the action
  • The word “ngay” (immediately, at once, right)
  • The word “nhé” (o.k, right)

Practice

Reading comprehension

                                   Tea – Where do people drink it most?

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 15                   SHOPPING

Conversations

  • At the clothes shop
  • At the shoe shop
  • At the butcher`s market
  • At the green stall

Grammar

  • Way to telling the prices
  • The word “tự” (oneself)
  • The word “xong”, “rồi” (finished, already)
  • The sentences with predicate indicating length, height,……

Practice

Reading comprehension

Some special markets in Japan

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 16                   TELEPHONING

Conversations

  • Looking for IDD telephone box
  • Telephoning to Hawaii
  • Wrong number
  • The extension 356 is engaged
  • Hold on please

Grammar

  • Way of reading telephone numbers, decimal number, fractions
  • The word “lại” (again)
  • The words “trước”, “trước khi” (before)
  • The words “sau”, “sau khi” (after)
  • The pattern “từ……đến…….” (from….. to…..)

Practice

Reading comprehension

The telephone network in Vietnam

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 17                   BUYING BOOKS – BORROWING BOOKS 331

Conversations

  • At the Trangtien Book – shop
  • At the newsagent
  • At the National Library

Grammar

  • Some classifiers
  • The word “cả hai” (both)
  • The pattern “cả….lẫn….” (both….and….)
  • More and more
  • Some prepositions

Practice

Reading comprehension

Trangtien book – street in Hanoi

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 18                   AT THE POST OFFICE

Conversations

  • Where is the nearest post – office?
  • Sending a letter
  • Sending a telegram

Grammar

  • The structures “Tuy….. nhưng…….”, “Mặc dù…..nhưng…..” (Although….; Though …..)
  • The word “Khi” (when)
  • The preposition “về” (about)
  • Some meanings of the word “mà” (but, that)
  • Double – complement sentences
  • The word “cách” (how, way)

Practice

Reading comprehension

A letter to a girl – friend

                           A letter to father

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 19                   STUDY – EXAMMINATION

Conversations

  • Studying Vietnamese
  • University and curriculum subjects

Grammar

  • The structure “khi thì……. khi thì”

(sometimes …. sometimes……)

  • The structure “không những …… mà còn….’’

(not only ……. but also …..)

  • The pattern “có ….. mới’’

(only when …. can …..)

  • The pattern “thế nào cũng” (at any rate)
  • The word “hết” (finish, already done)
  • The meanings of the word “theo”

(follow, according to, after, in)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Vietnamese for Foreigners

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 20                   AT THE HOSPITAL

Conversations

  • What is the matter with you?
  • She must have an operation

Grammar

  • Pair of words “Giá …. thì…..” (If)
  • Pair of words “Dù ….. vẫn …..” (Though ….)
  • The sentences with “làm”;
  • “khiến” (make) pradicates
  • “In general” and “in particular”

Practice

Reading comprehension

                                   Living with another person`s heart for 9 years

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 21                   CLIMATE – WEATHER – NATURAL CALAMITY

Conversations

  • What season is it now?
  • What is the weather like today?
  • Where is the earthquake?

Grammar

  • The structure “…..đi …. lại” (again and again)
  • The word “hàng” (every)
  • The pattern “đã ….. lại …..” (not only … but also)
  • The structure “càng ….. càng” (the more …… the more)
  • The word “nhau” (each other)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Natural calamity in the world

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 22                   SPORTS AND GAMES

Conversations

  • Which team will win the cup?
  • What to play?
  • About the National Olympic Games

Grammar

  • The structure “Hễ …. là …..” (whenever)
  • The pattern “sở dĩ ….. là vì ….” (the reason why …. is that …..)
  • “Từ hồi”, “từ khi” (since)
  • The pattern “toàn …… cả ” (nothing but)
  • The passive sentences with the word “do” (by)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Who first landed on the Moon?

Exercises

Key to the exercises

Lesson 23                   SERVICES

Conversations

  • At the tailor`s
  • At the barber`s
  • At the hairdresser`s
  • At the watch repairer`s
  • At the photographer`s

Grammar

  • The words with meaning “wear”
  • “Dầu sao” , “Dù sao đi nữa” (anyway, at any rate)
  • The word “hình như” (seem)
  • The word “ngay cả” (even)
  • The word “nữa” (more, else)

Practice

Reading comprehension Internatinonal match making agencies – A successful service

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 24        SIGHTSEEING – TRAVELLING – AMUSEMENTS

Conversations

  • At the Travel Agency
  • At the Cinema
  • At the Circus

Grammar

  • The meanings of the word “cùng” (with, togerther, the same)
  • The word “hôm nọ” (the other day)
  • The words “chắc”, “có lẽ” (maybe, perhaps)

“không ai” (nobody)

  • The pattern “không ai …… cả” (nobody …. at all)

Practice

Reading comprehension                     Halong Bay

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 25        LITERATURE – ART – HISTORY

Conversations

  • At the department of literature books
  • At the Art Gallery
  • At the History Museum

Grammar

  • The structure “có ……. gì không?” (anything?)
  • The structure “có ….. ai không?” (anybody)
  • The structure “có ….. đâu không?” (anywhere)
  • Usage of the word “đấy”
  • The pattern “cứ …. là …..” (every….)

Practice

Reading comprehension

The tales about writers

Exercises

Key to the exercises

 

Lesson 26        ECONOMICS – INVESTMENT – COOPERATION

Conversations

  • Asking about Vietnam`s economic development
  • Interviewing a foreign investor

Grammar

  • The adverbs indicating frequency of occurrence of an action
  • The pattern “nào cũng”

“nào…….cũng” (all, every)

  • Expressions “ai cũng”,

“người nào cũng” (everyone)

  • Expressions “nghe nói” (It is said)

Practice

Reading comprehension

Vietnam – The tiger is waking up

Exercises

Key to the exercises

FOREWORD

In order to have a preliminary and general image of this book, you are advised 1) to read the Foreword carefully 2) to skim through the Contents (in English at the beginning and in Vietnamese at the end of the book) and 3) to try to read any of the 26 lessons in the book. This should help you decide whether this book would meet your need or not. You will also discover that this book is different from others (Including “Vietnamese for foreigners” written by the same author, published in 1995 and 1996).

This book is written for foreigners studying Vietnamese not only in Vietnam but also in other countries and for those who want to study by themselves. The author`s experience in teaching Vietnamese to foreigners in Vietnam and also learners overseas has shown that if a textbook is too difficult and complicated, learners find it difficult to digest. So, although they have finished a course, they are still unable to speak Vietnamese. Thus this book has been simplified to make learning easier and much explanation is given in English.

This is a modem Vietnamese textbook written for people today. In addition to familiar topics such as “shopping”, “eating – drinking”, “traffic”, “health”, “sports”, etc., there are also new topics (which have never appeared in the other textbooks published in Vietnam before) such as “telephoning”, “bank – currency”, etc.

Each lesson in this book consists of six sections Conversations, Grammar, Practice.Reading comprehension, Exercises and Key to the exercises.

Sections I (Conversations) rather sufficiently contains everyday communication situations. Following this section, you can talk with Vietnamese about various aspects of daily life. The sentences in this section possess a clear Vietnamese “speaking style”, so if you study this section well, you can speak Vietnamese like the Vietnamese.

Section II (Grammar) contains grammatical structures very carefully explained with many concrete examples. This section will help you to speak and write Vietnamese more accurately.

Section III (Practice) consists of both conversational and grammatical drills. The conversational drills will follow the topic of each lesson. You will be given the words which are commonly used and according to the topics. Then you will use these words to practice. For example, in lesson 20 (At the hospital), you will know the names of the wards, names of diseases and medicines, then you will practice to speak to doctors.

Section IV (Reading comprehension) also follows the lessons topic. For example, the topic of lesson 11 is “Communication – Traffic”, Reading comprehension is “Airlines and Air accidents”

At the end of this book (in ANNEX II) twenty three short, simple but amusing tales have been included. After reading and listening to them, you should be able to retell the stories. This is a very interesting way of studying a foreign language. It is very easy for you to remember new words and to practice them.

Section V (Exercises) and section VI (Key to the exercises) have a close relation. After doing the exercises carefully, you can compare your results with the answers in the section “Key to the exercises” to find out your mistakes (if there are any)

In Vietnam there are two main centres having Vietnamese language courses: Hanoi Capital and Ho Chi Minh City. Generally, Vietnamese is a united language, so when people in Hanoi speak, those in Ho Chi Minh city can understand them easily, and vice versa. However, these are some words which are different (but of the same meaning) used in Hanoi and in Ho Chi Minh city. For example, for the word “expensive”, in Hanoi “đắt” is used very often, in Ho Chi Minh city, “mắc” is used. In order to help foreigners studying Vietnamese in Ho Chi Minh city understand “Hanoians`s language” and foreigners studying Vietnamese in Hanoi understand Ho Chi Minh city`s “dialect”, different words used in these two cities have been listed in ANNEX I. After learning by heart these words, yours communication should become more effective throughout the country.

The publication of this book was made possible with the help and cooperation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Books of Centre for Education Development (BOCED), Mr.Nguyen Thanh The and Madam Nguyen Thi Ket respectively, the Director, Editor General and staff of the The Gioi Publishing House. The author`s lovely wife –Lawyer Do Thi Hong Xoan – has helped the author very much in the process of looking for the materials and discussed with the author on each issue of the book. Ms. Teoh Mei Lin and Mrs. Vo Thi Thu Nguyet (University of Malaya, Malaysia) have helped the author in process of completing the script.

The author would like to thank all of them.

                                                                                    Kuala Lumpur – Hanoi

                                                                                                1996

                                                                                    Prof. Dr. Mai Ngoc Chu        

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