Asking “What is he doing?” — Dialogue 3


ធារីបងតារា! បងកំពុងធ្វើអីហ្នឹង?
តារាអូ ធារី! បងកំពុងរៀបចំម៉ាស៊ីនបញ្ចាំងស្លាយហ្នឹងណា
ធារីរៀបចំធ្វើអីបង? មានប្រជុំអីមែន?
តារាហ្នឹងហើយ មានប្រជុំល្ងាចហ្នឹង

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KhmerPronunciationEnglish/Notes
ធារី tʰierii female Cambodian name
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 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)
អូ ʔou oh, aha (exclamation expressing sudden realization, or loss of doubt)
រៀបចំ riəp cɑm 1. to organize, prepare
2. to put in good order, arrange
ម៉ាស៊ីនបញ្ចាំងស្លាយ maasɨn bɑɲcaŋ slaay slide projector
ហ្នឹងណា nɨŋ naa 1. just
2. it's just, it's just that
Notes: BCF; colloquial
មាន mien 1. to have, possess, own
2. to exist, there is, there are
3. to be rich, own property
4. indicates the accomplishment of an action, to happen to, to have occasion to
Notes: in spoken Khmer, negated មាន (មិនមាន or គ្មាន) can be contracted into មាន, e.g., មានអ្នកណាចង់ជួបឯង = ‘there's nobody who wants to meet you’ — contrast this with the affirmative: មានគេចង់ជួបឯង = ‘there’s somebody who wants to meet you’
ប្រជុំ prɑcum 1. to have a meeting
2. to gather, collect, assemble, unite, meet together
3. to flow together, join
4. meeting, gathering
មែន mɛɛn 1. to be real, true, accurate, to be right, correct, it is true
2. really, actually, indeed
3. as a question tag: [...], really? [...], right?
ហ្នឹងហើយ nɨŋ haǝy 1. yeah, yes, right, correct, that's correct
2. ok, all right
Notes: colloquial
ល្ងាច lŋiec evening, late afternoon