Offering food or drinks and declining such an offer — Dialogue 1


បូរ៉ាធីតា ទៅណាហ្នឹង? មកញ៉ាំស្វាយសិនអី?
ធីតាអូ បងបូរ៉ា! ស្វាយអ៎បង? អត់អីទេបង បងញ៉ាំចុះខ្ញុំមិនសូវចូលចិត្តម្ជូរផង
បូរ៉ាអីចឹង? ធីតាអត់ចូលចិត្តម្ជូរអេ៎?
ធីតាចា៎ស ខ្ញុំអត់សូវប៉ិនផងបង

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បូរ៉ា bouraa male Cambodian name
ធីតា tʰiidaa female Cambodian name
Notes: irregular pronunciation: ធីដា
ទៅ tɨv 1. to go (away from the speaker in space or time), to go to / towards, go on, continue, advance, go away
2. towards
3. from now on, from then on (often used as a particle indicating that the action began at some point in the past or present and continued on into the future or that the action is directed away from the speaker)
4. imperative particle, go ahead and ...! {ញ៉ាំទៅ = Go ahead and eat/drink!}
ណា naa 1. which, any
2. where, somewhere, anywhere
ហ្នឹង nɨŋ this, that, right here, right now (colloquial form of នេះ = this, that)
មក mɔɔk 1. to come (toward the speaker in space or time)
2. often used as a particle indicating that the action began at some point in the past and continued up to the present
ញ៉ាំ ɲam to eat, to drink, to consume
Notes: informal, of oneself, addressing children or close friends but not elders
ស្វាយ svaay 1. mango
2. color: purple, violet, mauve
សិន sən final particle: for now, for the time being, for a moment, first
Notes: polite final hortatory particle
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
អូ ʔou oh, aha (exclamation expressing sudden realization, or loss of doubt)
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)
អ៎ ʔɑɑ 1. particle used to form a yes/no question, similar to ឬ
2. exclamation indicating satisfaction or surprise
3. indicating something like surprise on part of the speaker that the listener might not be aware of some fact or past event {ម៉ាស៊ីនត្រជាក់ខូចតាំងពីម្សិលមិញអ៎។ = [Didn’t you know that] the A/C has been broken since yesterday!}
Notes: colloquial
អត់អីទេ ʔɑt ʔəy tee 1. it doesn't matter, it's all right
2. surely, certainly
Notes: see also មិនអីទេ
ចុះ coh phrase-final particle: mild imperative indicating permission {ញ៉ាំចុះ = Go ahead and eat!}
ខ្ញុំ kɲom I
មិនសូវ mɨn səv not so much, rather not
ចូលចិត្ត cool cət to like, to prefer
Notes: ជើង ត
ម្ជូរ mcuu sour spice/fruit/ingredient/food product
ផង pʰɑɑŋ 1. also, too, as well
2. marker indicating entreaty or a polite request: please ..., would you ...
អីចឹង ʔəycəŋ 1. like this, like that, in that way, then {គិតម៉េចទៅអីចឹង? = What are you going to do next?} {ធ្វើមុខអីអីចឹង? = Why are you making such a face?}
2. really?
Notes: variant: អ៊ីចឹង
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
អេ៎ ʔee 1. hey!
2. spoken form of the question particles ... អត់? or ... ទេ?
3. spoken form of the negation particle ទេ
Notes: colloquial
ចា៎ស caah 1. yes (used by women)
2. often merely a polite word of acknowledgment, especially at the beginning of a sentence
Notes: same as ចាស, but written with a diacritic to indicate high intonation
អត់សូវ ʔɑt səv not so much, rather not
ប៉ិន pən to be clever, smart, skilful, talented {អត់សូវប៉ិន = to be not good at, to not like}