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In the discotheque

In the discotheque

46 [Bốn mươi sáu]

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Is this seat taken? C-- này còn--r--g --ông? C__ n__ c__ t____ k_____ C-ỗ n-y c-n t-ố-g k-ô-g- ------------------------ Chỗ này còn trống không? 0
May I sit with you? T-i -- thể-n-ồ- bên-c--h-b-- k-ôn-? T__ c_ t__ n___ b__ c___ b__ k_____ T-i c- t-ể n-ồ- b-n c-n- b-n k-ô-g- ----------------------------------- Tôi có thể ngồi bên cạnh bạn không? 0
Sure. Xin-m--. X__ m___ X-n m-i- -------- Xin mời. 0
How do you like the music? Bạ--th---nhạc -hế----? B__ t___ n___ t__ n___ B-n t-ấ- n-ạ- t-ế n-o- ---------------------- Bạn thấy nhạc thế nào? 0
A little too loud. Hơ---- -u-. H__ ồ_ q___ H-i ồ- q-á- ----------- Hơi ồn quá. 0
But the band plays very well. Nhưng -an n--c chơi-r-t----. N____ b__ n___ c___ r__ h___ N-ư-g b-n n-ạ- c-ơ- r-t h-y- ---------------------------- Nhưng ban nhạc chơi rất hay. 0
Do you come here often? Bạn -- h------ --y-không? B__ c_ h__ t__ đ__ k_____ B-n c- h-y t-i đ-y k-ô-g- ------------------------- Bạn có hay tới đây không? 0
No, this is the first time. K---g--l-n-n-y-l--lần---u. K_____ l__ n__ l_ l__ đ___ K-ô-g- l-n n-y l- l-n đ-u- -------------------------- Không, lần này là lần đầu. 0
I’ve never been here before. T-i ---a---o g-ờ-- đây. T__ c___ b__ g__ ở đ___ T-i c-ư- b-o g-ờ ở đ-y- ----------------------- Tôi chưa bao giờ ở đây. 0
Would you like to dance? B----ó nh-y k--n-? B__ c_ n___ k_____ B-n c- n-ả- k-ô-g- ------------------ Bạn có nhảy không? 0
Maybe later. Có --- ---n-a. C_ t__ t_ n___ C- t-ể t- n-a- -------------- Có thể tí nữa. 0
I can’t dance very well. T-i-nhảy -hô-g -iỏi. T__ n___ k____ g____ T-i n-ả- k-ô-g g-ỏ-. -------------------- Tôi nhảy không giỏi. 0
It’s very easy. Cái n---d- -ắm. C__ n__ d_ l___ C-i n-y d- l-m- --------------- Cái này dễ lắm. 0
I’ll show you. Tôi-c-ỉ-ch- -ạ-. T__ c__ c__ b___ T-i c-ỉ c-o b-n- ---------------- Tôi chỉ cho bạn. 0
No, maybe some other time. Khôn-- h-- -h-c--i. K_____ h__ k___ đ__ K-ô-g- h-m k-á- đ-. ------------------- Không, hôm khác đi. 0
Are you waiting for someone? Bạn---n- -ợ- -- à? B__ đ___ đ__ a_ à_ B-n đ-n- đ-i a- à- ------------------ Bạn đang đợi ai à? 0
Yes, for my boyfriend. P--i, b-n -r-i-của--ôi. P____ b__ t___ c__ t___ P-ả-, b-n t-a- c-a t-i- ----------------------- Phải, bạn trai của tôi. 0
There he is! Ở đ-ng-sau-kia- a-- -- --- ---. Ở đ___ s__ k___ a__ ấ_ đ__ k___ Ở đ-n- s-u k-a- a-h ấ- đ-n k-a- ------------------------------- Ở đằng sau kia, anh ấy đến kìa. 0

Genes influence language

The language we speak is dependent on our ancestry. But our genes are also responsible for our language. Scottish researchers have come to this conclusion. They examined how English differs from Chinese. In doing so they discovered that genes play a role, too. Because genes influence the development of our brain. That is to say, they shape our brain structures. With this, our ability to learn languages is determined. Variants of two genes are crucial to this. If a particular variant is scarce, tonal languages develop. So tonal languages are spoken by people without these gene variants. In tonal languages, the meaning of words is determined by the pitch of the tones. Chinese is included in the tonal languages, for example. If this gene variant is dominant, however, other languages develop. English is not a tonal language. The variants of this gene are not evenly distributed. That means they occur with differing frequency in the world. But languages only survive if they are passed down. In order to do this, children must be able to imitate the language of their parents. So they must be able to learn the language well. Only then will it be passed down from generation to generation. The older gene variant is the one that promotes tonal languages. So there were probably more tonal languages in the past than there are today. But one mustn't overestimate the genetic components. They can only add to explaining the development of languages. But there isn't a gene for English, or a gene for Chinese. Anybody can learn any language. You don't need genes for that, but rather only curiosity and discipline!
Did you know?
Thai is a member of the Tai-Kadai language family. It is the native language of 20 million people. In contrast to most western languages, Thai is a tonal language. In tonal languages, the pronunciation of syllables changes their meaning. Most Thai words consist of only one syllable. A word takes on a different meaning depending on the pitch in which a syllable is spoken. Altogether Thai distinguishes between five pitches. Thai society was strictly divided over many centuries. As a result, Thai still recognizes at least five different levels of speech today. These range from a simple vernacular to a very polite form of speech. Furthermore, Thai is divided into many local dialects. The language's semiotic system is a hybrid of an alphabet and syllabic writing. The grammar construction is not very complex. Because Thai is an isolating language, there are no declensions or conjugations. Learn Thai - it is really a fascinating language!