Saying “I don’t know” — Additional dialogue


នៅកន្លែងធ្វើការ
តារាមានអ្នកណាគេឃើញសៀវភៅមួយក្បាលលើតុនេះមិញអត់?
កញ្ញាខ្ញុំអត់ដឹងផងបង
វុទ្ធីវចនានុក្រមមែនបង? ខ្ញុំយកទៅទុកលើធ្នើរបាត់ហើយ
តារាហ្នឹងហើយ វចនានុក្រមបងយកវាចុះមកមើលហ្នឹងណា តែរវល់ពេក អត់ទាន់បានមើលផង
វុទ្ធីអូ សុំទោសបងខ្ញុំអត់ដឹងថាបងទុកមើលស្មានតែអ្នកណាគេភ្លេចទុកវិញចាំខ្ញុំយកឲ្យវិញបង

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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
តារា taaraa male Cambodian name
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’
អ្នកណា neak naa 1. who, which one
2. someone, anyone
គេ kee 1. he, she
2. one, someone
3. other(s)
ឃើញ kʰəəɲ 1. to see, to perceive
2. to understand, to recognize
សៀវភៅ siǝv pʰɨv 1. book
2. pad, notebook
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]!}
ក្បាល kbaal 1. head
2. clf. for books
លើ ləə 1. up, on, over, above
2. to be on, over, above, located on top
3. in regard to, concerning, toward, for, against
តុ tok 1. table, desk
2. small plate on legs for fruit or dessert
Notes: irregular pronunciation
នេះ nih 1. this, these
2. often serves simply to emphasize something already referred to or something nearby in time or space
មិញ mɨɲ 1. to be very recent, just past (of a very recent and usually rather short period of time), just referred to {យប់មិញ = last night}
2. colloquial form of អម្បាញ់មិញ = just now, just a moment ago
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
កញ្ញា kaɲɲaa female Cambodian name
ខ្ញុំ kɲom I
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.}
ផង pʰɑɑŋ 1. also, too, as well
2. marker indicating entreaty or a polite request: please ..., would you ...
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)
វុទ្ធី vutʰii male Cambodian name
វចនានុក្រម veaʔcaʔnaanuʔkrɑm dictionary
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?
យក yɔɔk 1. to take, bring, get, accept, hold
2. when ordering: I’ll take, I’ll have {យកបបរគ្រឿងសាច់ជ្រូកម៉ាចាន = I’ll have a bowl of pork porridge}
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!}
ទុក tuk 1. to put, set, place, arrange
2. to set aside, keep, retain, save, preserve, maintain, conserve, hold (in reserve) {ទុកញ៉ាំ = to keep for eating later}
ធ្នើរ tnəə shelf
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
ហ្នឹងហើយ nɨŋ haǝy 1. yeah, yes, right, correct, that's correct
2. ok, all right
Notes: colloquial
វា vie 1. it (of animals, things, or very young children)
2. he, she, they (familiar or contemptuous)
ចុះ coh 1. down
2. to descend, go down
3. bus etc.: to get off
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
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!}
ហ្នឹងណា nɨŋ naa 1. just
2. it's just, it's just that
Notes: BCF; colloquial
តែ tae 1. but, however
2. only, just
3. tea
រវល់ rɔvʊəl busy, occupied
ពេក peek too, too much, too many
អត់ទាន់ ʔɑt toan not yet
បាន baan 1. to have completed/done something
2. to intend to complete something
3. marker of completed action
4. to get, obtain, acquire, to achieve, have been able to, to get/have the opportunity to do something
5. to get someone or something to do something (often translated by the English passive in this sense)
6. to be able to
7. not ... until, then and only then
8. to pass to someone through inheritance
9. to be OK, fine, all right
10. [spoken language] however, though, in contrast {ម្សិលមិញបានក្ដៅខ្លាំង = yesterday, however, it was very hot}
អូ ʔou oh, aha (exclamation expressing sudden realization, or loss of doubt)
សុំទោស som tooh 1. excuse me, pardon me
2. I'm sorry
ថា tʰaa 1. to say, tell, pronounce
2. that (introduces a question or indirect discourse)
ស្មាន smaan 1. to guess, to approximate, to suppose, to think, to assume
2. to suspect
3. to seem, to appear
ភ្លេច plɨc to forget
វិញ vɨɲ again, back, instead
ចាំ cam 1. to wait (for)
2. to remember, to memorize, to know by heart
3. phrase-initial: I will do [...] for you very soon/now {ចាំខ្ញុំយកឲ្យវិញបង = I’ll get it back for you} {ចាំខ្ញុំពន្យល់ពីរបៀបប្រើ = I’ll explain you how it works} {ចាំមើលណា = Let me see...}
ឲ្យ ʔaoy 1. to give
2. to let, to allow
3. for, to, in order to, so as to {ចង់ឲ្យខ្ញុំកុម្ម៉ង់អីញ៉ាំឲ្យហើយអត់? = Do you want me to order something for you already?}
4. in a... manner (forms adverbial phrases from predicatives)
Notes: also written អោយ, ឱ្យ