This is the first in class listening exercise that we did in my (absolute) beginner Vietnamese class.
In the first audio clip, you can listen for how people say hello in Vietnamese, the common Viet greeting (“where are you going?”). In the second clip, listen for how to say your name in Vietnamese. The transcript and word-by-word translation are provided below. To download the files, right click on the link and choose “Save Link As…”
I cut out this clip from an YouTube comedy which is posted at the end of the lesson (no subtitle though :(). Since it’s a comedy, it will be somewhat melodramatic. Actual spoken Vietnamese is more mellow than this clip.
Girl: Chào anh
Guy: Chào em
Girl: Anh đi đâu giờ? – Where are you going?
Guy: À, anh đi khám bệnh – I’m going for a check up
Girl: Ủa, ở đây khám thú, chứ có khám người đâu anh? – This is the vet’s, not the doctor’s?
Guy: Con chó em tên gì zậy? – What is your dog name?
Girl: Nó tên là Mina. – Its name is Mina
Guy: Tên Mina
Girl: Ủa, còn anh tên gì? – How about your name?
Guy: Anh cũng tên Mina – I’m also named Mina