Asking “What is he doing?” — Dialogue 1


ធារីពិសិដ្ឋ មើលនួក! គាត់កំពុងធ្វើអីហ្នឹង?
ពិសិដ្ឋនៅណា?
ធារីនោះ! បងប្រុសមួយពាក់អាវពណ៌ទឹកក្រូចនៅមុខហ្នឹង
ពិសិដ្ឋអឹម... ខ្ញុំអត់ដឹងដែរមើលទៅដូចកំពុងជួសជុលអី

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ធារី tʰierii female Cambodian name
ពិសិដ្ឋ piʔsət male Cambodian name
មើល məəl 1. to look at, to watch, to watch for, to observe
2. particle: come on, give it a try
3. let me see!
4. phrase-final: softens a command or request {ជួយបង្ហាញតិចមើល = Please show me!}
នួក nuək colloquial form of នោះ = that
គាត់ koat he, she
កំពុង kɑmpuŋ to be in the process of (doing something)
ធ្វើ tvəə to do, to make, to work, to prepare, to cultivate (a field)
អី ʔəy 1. what? {អីហ្នឹង?/អីគេ?/អីគេហ្នឹង? = what is this?/what?} {កាន់អីនៅនឹងដៃហ្នឹង? = What are [you] holding in [your] hand?}
2. something, anything {មានអីអត់ = Are you all right?/Is everything ok?/Did anything happen?} {ខ្ញុំទៅក្រៅញ៉ាំអី = I’m going out to eat something}
Notes: variant of អ្វី
ហ្នឹង nɨŋ this, that, right here, right now (colloquial form of នេះ = this, that)
នៅ nɨv 1. in, at
2. to be located at, to live in or at, to reside, to stay, to be in
3. still, yet (pre-verbal marker of a durative or continuative aspect, as a final particle in the tag question ហើយឬនៅ it means 'yet' and as a reply to a question of this kind, it means 'not yet') {ញ៉ាំអីហើយនៅ? = Have you eaten already?}
ណា naa 1. which, any
2. where, somewhere, anywhere
នោះ nuh 1. that, those (often serves simply to emphasize something already referred to or something distant in time or space)
2. then
បងប្រុស bɑɑŋ proh elder brother
មួយ muəy 1. one {មួយៗ = one by one}
2. one person/myself {សុំចេញមួយ = Please let me [go] out!} {សុំទៅមួយ = Please give way [for me one person]!} {សុំចុះមួយ = Please let me [one person] get off [the bus]!}
ពាក់ peak 1. to wear (shirt, hat, ring, shoes, but not pants)
2. to put on
3. to hang up, suspend, hang on
អាវ ʔaav shirt, blouse, coat, upper garment
ពណ៌ poa color, complexion
ទឹកក្រូច tɨk krouc 1. orange juice
2. generic term for soft drinks
3. color: orange
នៅមុខ nɨv muk 1. in front, ahead, further ahead
2. in front of
3. in the presence of
អឹម ʔɨm 1. filler word (umm...)
2. yes
Notes: colloquial
ខ្ញុំ kɲom I
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
ដឹង dəŋ 1. to know, to be aware of, to be familiar with
2. [colloquial] can be used in the affirmative or, as an answer to a question, to mean ‘no’ {ដឹងហើយ = ok!} {ឯងដឹងថាគាត់ទៅណាអត់? ដឹង! = Do you know where he went to? No, I don’t.}
ដែរ dae 1. also, too, likewise, in the same way
2. indeed, quite, rather
3. marks a polite, gentler, less abrupt statement: all the same, even so, nevertheless
មើលទៅ məəl tɨv maybe, perhaps, probably, it seems that
ដូច douc alike, similar, like, as
ជួសជុល cuəh cul to repair, to fix, to renovate