Saying “I don’t know” — Dialogue 1


នៅកន្លែងធ្វើការ
វុទ្ធីសោភា! ដឹងថាបងតារាទៅណាទេ?
សោភាអត់ដឹងផង / អត់ដឹងដែរ / ខ្ញុំអត់ដឹងថាគាត់ទៅណាទេ វុទ្ធីកញ្ញា! ដឹងថាបងតារានៅណាទេ?
កញ្ញាអម្បាញ់មិញឃើញគាត់នៅហ្នឹងទេតើ តែអត់ដឹងថាគាត់ទៅណាបាត់ហើយ

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KhmerPronunciationEnglish/Notes
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?}
កន្លែងធ្វើការ kɑnlaeŋ tvəə kaa office, workplace
វុទ្ធី vutʰii male Cambodian name
សោភា saopʰie female Cambodian name
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.}
ថា tʰaa 1. to say, tell, pronounce
2. that (introduces a question or indirect discourse)
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
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
ទេ tee 1. particle: negative particle occurring in phrase final position especially after មិន, ពុំ, etc.
2. interrogative particle occurring in phrase final position, often in the combination ឬទេ
3. neutral/positive particle to add emphasis {ខ្ញុំសុខសប្បាយទេ = I'm fine!}
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
ផង pʰɑɑŋ 1. also, too, as well
2. marker indicating entreaty or a polite request: please ..., would you ...
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
ខ្ញុំ kɲom I
គាត់ koat he, she
កញ្ញា kaɲɲaa female Cambodian name
អម្បាញ់មិញ ʔɑmbaɲ mɨɲ just now, just a moment ago
ឃើញ kʰəəɲ 1. to see, to perceive
2. to understand, to recognize
ហ្នឹង nɨŋ this, that, right here, right now (colloquial form of នេះ = this, that)
ទេតើ tee taə 1. final particle marking an emphatic clause that is in contrast to whatever clause precedes it
2. final particle emphasizing the preceding
តែ tae 1. but, however
2. only, just
3. tea
បាត់ bat 1. to lose, to disappear
2. to stop, to be finished
3. already
4. sentence-final: expressing disappointment or that something is unfortunate
ហើយ haǝy 1. indicates completed action or state 'already'
2. and, afterwards, next, then, after that