Basic Vocabulary

Words                Phrases            Greetings


At- no

But, Only, Tea- tdai

Can- baan or bahn

Correct- trow

Day- tah nigh

Help- joo-ay or chew-ay

Home- path teeah

Is- kee-ah/jee-ah  (k j on top of each other)

It- wee-uh

Learn- ree-uhn

More- dtee-it

Name- ch’moo-ah

Not- meun/minh

Please- un jern or som

School- sah lah

Sentence- clee-ah

Slowly- yud yud

Some- klah

Spell- prow gcop

Understand- yu-all        

What- away

With- ji-mooay


I am sorry, I don’t understand.
Atdo, kynum pomme yuall dtay. 

I dont speak English very well.
       Kynum pomme sow jeh nee-yay Anglais.

I don’t know very much English.
    Kynum pomme sow jeh Anglais.

I still don’t understand.
    Kynum no dtay min yuall.

Please say that again.
    So um nee-yay met dong dtiet.

Do you understand?
    Niet yuall dtay?

Yes, I understand.
    Women say:  Cha, kynum yuall

Men say:      Baht, kynum yuall 

No, I don’t understand.
    Tday, kynum pomme yuall tday.

What do you call this?
    Tdah niet how roatwah nee kee-ah way. 

I don’t understand this.
    Kynum minh yuall dtay.

Can you help me?
    Dah niet joo-ay kynum bahn tday?

I understand some of it.
    Kynum yuall klah klah.

I understand all of it.
    Kynum yuall dtay ahn ah. 

I don’t understand all of it.
    Kynum minh yuall dtay-ahn ah tay.

I can speak French.
    Kynum aht bee-yay pee-ah sah bahrahn.

Do you speak French?
    Niet nee-yay bahrahn tday?

I want to learn more English.
    Kynum chung ree0uhn Anglais time dtee-it.

Thank you for helping me learn more English.
    Awkun, dowee joo-ay Kynum ree-uhn Anglais time dtee-it.

I am studying English at home.
    Kynum com pung ree-uhn Anglais no paht tee-ah.

I am studying English at school.
    Kynum com pung ree-uhn Anglais no sah lah.

I am studying English with an American friend.
    Kynum com pung ree-uhn Anglais ji-mooay mit A-merican minette.

How do you say this word?
    Dah niet tah piet nee yang midette?

What does this word mean?
    Piet nee mee-un nee yang midette?

What does this sentence mean?
    Dah klee-ah nee mee-un nee yang midette?

Does anybody here speak Khmer?
    Dah mee-un no nah neet yee yay Khmer dtay?

Is there a Khmer-English dictionary here?
    Dtah mee-un wickchunah nute crum Khmer-Anglais tday teen nee? 

How do you say it?
    Dah niet tah ree-ah yaang nah?

That is very difficult.
    Nah ch(j)ea cah peet bah nah.

That is easy.
    Wee-ah kjee-ah cah srule tday.

I don’t know how to say it in English
    Kynum mahn dahn k’tah midette tay Kynum peeah sah Anglais.

I am learning more English every day.
    Kynum ree-uhn Anglais charahn laang rah tah nigh.

Did I say it right?
    Tdah kynum tah tahrow tday?

How do you spell your name?
    Dah niet prow cgop ch’moo-ah neet yang midette?

It is….
    Guh tah….

Did I spell this word right?
    Tdah nee-uhp prow cop piet nee trow dtay? 

That is not right.
    Wee-ah munh dtrow dtay.

I have brought a friend along to help with my English.
Kynum bahn no um mat kynum minette mok kee-ah moo-ay ow-ay joo-ay kynum pee-ah sah Anglais.



    Soah sah die.

Good morning.
    Ah roeun soah sah die.

Good afternoon.
    Sigh yoeun soah sah die.

Good evening.
    Deet ree-ah soah sah die. 

    Chum ree-up lee-ah.

Good night.
    Hah ree-uht tri soah sah die.

How are you?
    Sok sobei kee uh tay?

I am fine.  Thank you.  And you?
    Kynum sok sobei tay.  Awkun.  Tdah neeuht yang midette dai?

 I am fine too.
    Kynum caw sok sobei dai.

Thank you very much.
    Awkun nah.

Thanks a lot.
    Awkun aht ny.

Thank you.  That is very nice of you.
    Awkun.  Neeit ain jet ar nah.

You are welcome.
    Munh I tay.

Don’t mention it.
    Gcum nee yay i.

Excuse me.
    Aht tdoe owe Kynum.

Pardon me.
    Some aht tdoe.

I am sorry.
    Kynum some tdoe.

That is very good.
    Wee-uh kee-uh gkah la-aw ohn nah.

    Som saw sah.

This is Mr.
    Nee gkea loak…

This is Mrs.
    Nee gkea loak s’ray…

This is Miss…
    Nee gkea neeyun gun yah.

I am pleased to meet you.
    Kynum mee-ahn si g’day reet reeay ngun joo-up nay it.

 Please come in.
    Som joal moak.

Please sit down.
    Som on goee.

Good luck.
    Som naang la-are.

Have a good trip.
    Som owe twe dom nah bahn sok sa bei.

Have a good day.
    Som owe bahn sa bei k nye nee.

Thank you.  You too.
    Awkun.  Nayette caw ahn chjun die.

So long.
    Leeah sen howee.

I’ll see you later.
    Kynum naang juep nee ette pail crowee dtee-it.

Take care.
    Muh tie rhette sah klue-in ain tdoah.

May I help you?
Kynum joo-ay nee it ain bahn dtay.

This vocabulary list was provided by adoptive mom Kim Scott.



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