Saying “I don’t understand” — Dialogue 2


សុភាកញ្ញា ជួយមើលដំណោះស្រាយលំហាត់នេះតិចមើល យល់អត់? ម៉េចក៏ចម្លើយចេញបែបហ្នឹងវិញ?
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KhmerPronunciationEnglish/Notes
សុភា soʔpʰie female Cambodian name
កញ្ញា kaɲɲaa female Cambodian name
ជួយ cuəy to help, to assist
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!}
ដំណោះស្រាយ dɑmnɑh sraay solution
លំហាត់ lumhat exercise, drill
នេះ nih 1. this, these
2. often serves simply to emphasize something already referred to or something nearby in time or space
តិចមើល təc məəl phrase-final: softens a command or request {ជួយបង្ហាញតិចមើល = Please show me!}
យល់ yʊəl 1. to understand, comprehend
2. to learn
3. to see, perceive
4. recognize, know
5. to favor, be partial to
អត់ ʔɑt 1. no, not
2. to be without, lacking
3. to restrain oneself, abstain from
4. particle to form yes/no questions
ម៉េចក៏ məc kɑɑ how come, how is it that, why is it that, why
Notes: colloquial
ចម្លើយ cɑmlaəy response, answer, reply
Notes: root: ឆ្លើយ; also written ចំឡើយ
ចេញ cəɲ 1. to go out, leave, emerge, exit
2. to issue, bring out, come out (of a publication)
3. to emit, utter
4. out, off, away (also figuratively) {ខ្ញុំគិតអត់ចេញ = I can't figure it out}
5. to pay out, pay for, lay out (money), spend
6. to gain, earn, save
7. to play (a card)
បែប baep kind, sort, model, type, style, form, shape, method, way
ហ្នឹង nɨŋ this, that, right here, right now (colloquial form of នេះ = this, that)
វិញ vɨɲ again, back, instead
អឹម ʔɨm 1. filler word (umm...)
2. yes
Notes: colloquial
ខ្ញុំ kɲom I
ដូច douc alike, similar, like, as
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
ត្រង់ trɑŋ 1. straight, directly
2. exactly in (some spot)
3. upright, vertical
4. frank, honest, fair
សុខៗ sok sok suddenly
Notes: BCF; colloquial
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!}
ជា cie 1. to be (equal to), to be as
2. to be well, in good health, recovered
3. to be effective (of medicines)
អញ្ចេះ ʔɑɲceh 1. like this
2. this, this much
ហ្នឹងហើយ nɨŋ haǝy 1. yeah, yes, right, correct, that's correct
2. ok, all right
Notes: colloquial