"con" and "cái " are classifiers, and "một" is "one".
Con cá (classifier without number) = the fish
Một con cá = (classifier with number) 1 fish / a fish
Cái ca = the mug
Một cái ca = a mug / one mug
Why do I hear an "n" after not and before con? Does "t" change before a "C"?
How are you supposed to hear the difference between cá and ca when speaking?
It's not something your ear is especially well-trained to hear if you don't speak a tonal language, but if you listen closely, you can hear that the pitch on cá swings upward whereas it doesn't on ca. The inflection actually changes the definition of the word.
What is the reason for the soft "n" after một?
Is this a mistake or is there a reason its modified?
Can you say/write "một ca và một ca" for a fish and a mug? Why do some words not need a classifier, like coffee in vietnamese? 29/7/19