Asking “What is he doing?” — Dialogue 2


ធារីពិសិដ្ឋ មើលនោះមើល! បងតារាកំពុងធ្វើអីហ្នឹង?
ពិសិដ្ឋនៅណា? អត់ឃើញ
ធារីងាកមើលខាងស្ដាំដៃពិសិដ្ឋឯងមើល
ពិសិដ្ឋអូ! គាត់កំពុងរៀបចំម៉ាស៊ីនបញ្ចាំងស្លាយសម្រាប់ប្រជុំល្ងាចហ្នឹងហ្នឹងណា

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KhmerPronunciationEnglish/Notes
ធារី tʰierii female Cambodian name
ពិសិដ្ឋ piʔsət male Cambodian name
មើល məəl 1. to look at, to watch, to watch for, to observe
2. to read (to oneself), to review (a lesson)
3. to examine, survey, inspect
4. to observe
5. to treat (medically)
6. to care for, take care of
7. to consider, regard
8. particle: come on, give it a try
9. let me see!
10. phrase-final: softens a command or request {ជួយបង្ហាញតិចមើល = Please show me!}
នោះ nuh 1. that, those (often serves simply to emphasize something already referred to or something distant in time or space)
2. then
បង bɑɑŋ 1. elder sibling
2. you (addressing an acquaintance, friend, elder sibling, or husband), or I (if elder than the addressee)
3. you (politely addressing a stranger who's not too much younger than oneself)
តារា taaraa male Cambodian name
កំពុង kɑmpuŋ to be in the process of (doing something)
ធ្វើ tvəə 1. to do, to make, to work, to prepare
2. to cultivate (a field) {ធ្វើស្រែ = to work in a rice field, be a farmer, grow rice}
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
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
ឃើញ kʰəəɲ 1. to see, to perceive
2. to understand, to recognize
ងាក ŋiek 1. to turn (especially the head), change direction, turn aside, turn away
2. to move away
3. to turn one's attention (from/to), turn one's back on
ខាង kʰaaŋ 1. side, part
2. direction
3. pertaining to, with regard to
ស្ដាំ sdam right, to the right, on the right
Notes: ជើង ដ
ដៃ day 1. arm, hand
2. handle, lever, crank
3. branch (of a tree, bamboo, or a river), offshoot
4. tendril
5. trunk (of an elephant)
6. sleeve
7. steering wheel
8. clf. for handfuls of young rice plants/grass
9. clf. for slaps
10. command to an elephant not to move its trunk or not to pull up something with its trunk
11. clf. for a bunch of 10 areca nuts
ឯង ʔaeŋ 1. you
2. self, oneself, by oneself
3. used after personal pronouns or names to make the address more polite
4. surely, obviously
អូ ʔou oh, aha (exclamation expressing sudden realization, or loss of doubt)
គាត់ koat 1. he/him/his
2. she/her
3. they/them/their (formal/polite 3rd person pronoun)
4. you/your (intimate)
រៀបចំ riəp cɑm 1. to organize, prepare
2. to put in good order, arrange
ម៉ាស៊ីនបញ្ចាំងស្លាយ maasɨn bɑɲcaŋ slaay slide projector
សម្រាប់ sɑmrap 1. for
2. used for, used to (make or do something)
ប្រជុំ prɑcum 1. to have a meeting
2. to gather, collect, assemble, unite, meet together
3. to flow together, join
4. meeting, gathering
ល្ងាច lŋiec evening, late afternoon
ហ្នឹងណា nɨŋ naa 1. just
2. it's just, it's just that
Notes: BCF; colloquial