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"Bạn người Việt Nam?"

Translation:You are Vietnamese?

April 22, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v.ivanov

How would you distinguish between a question and a statement, if you don't see the question mark?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sterramis

You can put this sentence in two ways to express it as a question:

bạn là người Việt Nam? with intonation at the end just like some other languages, or you will be able to tell base on the scenario.

bạn là người Việt Nam phải không? in which "phải không" at the end indicates a question. This is also introduced in the course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v.ivanov

I would expect no use of intonation in a tonal language, but you say it may change a statement into a question. In a text on topic I've read that the whole sentence is pronounced slightly higher, if it is a question. That's an interesting discovery for me, thanks a lot.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ruminfamson

It's a bit tricky but im sure you will get it :). Bạn là người Việt ? = You're vietnamese ? / Bạn là người Việt phải không ? = Are you Vietnamese ? OR a more literal translate of this would be: You're Vietnamese, right ?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ab2531

Can't you also say: Bạn là người Việt Nam à?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hkwzD4

Intonation is definetly wrong and confusing for beginners in this language, i would consider changin it to either not using questions that early or putting khong behind the sentence (at least informal correct)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melarish

Aww, that's much harder than in Chinese where the question word is only a short "ma"!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TehVanarch

Intonation. Also often times we add in "phải không?" at the end. "Bán có phải là người Việt Nam không?" also works.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LanguageButcher

This works the same way if someone asks you in English "You are Russian?" In another word, it's not a proper question. The proper question would be "Bạn là người Việt Nam phải không?"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JamesTWils

"You are Russian?" is a perfectly proper question in English, though it may be confusing, if the intonation is unclear. Like V. Ivanov, I'm quite surprised that tone can be used to indicate a question in a tonal language. I don't think it's possible in Chinese, for instance.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KamoAraz

they could say ban co nguoi vietnam khong? co...khong is yes no question structure or they simply could put khong at the end


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hanji_Nguyen

có phải... không? is yes no question


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Oguruma1

Hm, I think this question is simply wrong. If I say "Bạn là người Việt Nam?" than Vietnamese would understand: "You are Vietnamese!". Correct it should be "Bạn là người Việt Nam không?". since the Vietnamese intonate the words and not intonate the whole sentence like we Westerner it do, if we ask questions.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/v.ivanov

See the whole discussion above :))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tanwjian

How do I say "I am not vietnamese"? Would "Tội không là người việt nam" be correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richard374600

I'm not sure a formal way to say it but i think this is how it would be said "Tôi không phải là người việt nam". In some cases, i think là can go in front or be omitted all together


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NguyenCamG

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