Favourite sayings or expressions too get a response?

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philip.smith wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:34 pm just looking for stuff to get any response
Have you tried to say hello? It works pretty good for me. Responses include:

- Ha a u
- Helloooooo
- How long Jew stay Cambodia
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hunter8 wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:21 pm K’daw bong reng ha-ei

This one works every time for me, but some missus’es with no sense of humor can give you a negative response. Still better than indifference 😁
okay, lol. my wife and I are laughing right now trying to figure out the "reng" part. My wife feels as though I should pronounce it as "leang"? as in "I cleaned my dick, time for action", is that correct?
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Ravensnest wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:58 pm
hunter8 wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:21 pm K’daw bong reng ha-ei

This one works every time for me, but some missus’es with no sense of humor can give you a negative response. Still better than indifference 😁
okay, lol. my wife and I are laughing right now trying to figure out the "reng" part. My wife feels as though I should pronounce it as "leng"? as in "I cleaned my dick", is that correct?
I meant the word “hard”, but there is no letter in english to write that vowel so i wrote “e” there 😀
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hunter8 wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:02 pm
Ravensnest wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:58 pm
hunter8 wrote: Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:21 pm K’daw bong reng ha-ei

This one works every time for me, but some missus’es with no sense of humor can give you a negative response. Still better than indifference 😁
okay, lol. my wife and I are laughing right now trying to figure out the "reng" part. My wife feels as though I should pronounce it as "leng"? as in "I cleaned my dick", is that correct?
I meant the word “hard”, but there is no letter in english to write that vowel so i wrote “e” there 😀
gotcha on the vowel. you know how they like to shower before sex here, my wife got a kick out of what I said to her. An out of the blue- I cleaned my pecker, let's go...
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I joke with Cambodians a lot, and we normally have a lot of fun. But something which might be funny in one situation, might not be funny in another.

Recently I spent a fair bit of time with two fun loving sisters.

One of the girls asked me a question, where the answer was too difficult to explain.

So I said ពីព្រោះ (pee proo) which means because.

After that, when someone would ask a question, she would say ពីព្រោះ (pee proo).

After that happened a few times, someone asked me a question. I said បីព្រោះ (bai proo).

ពីរ (pee) is 2 (the រ is silent). បី (bai) is 3.

So instead of ពីព្រោះ (pee proo) 2 ព្រោះ (2 proo), it was 3 ព្រោះ (3 proo) (bai proo).

She had a good laugh. After that when someone asked a question she would say 3 ព្រោះ (3 proo) (bai proo).

As I said, in a different situation, it might not be funny.
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When you joke around, normally around 95% of people may think it is funny, and maybe 5% may not get the joke.

A common Khmer saying is: ចេះ មក ពី រៀន មាន មក ពី រក

Which means: To know how to comes from learning. To have comes from earning.

I sometimes say: ចេះ មក ពី រៀន មិន ចេះ មក ពី ខ្ជិល រៀន

Which means: To know how to comes from learning. To not know how to comes from being lazy to learn.

Occasionally, Cambodians with a sense of humour may say: ចេះ មក ពី រៀន មាន មក ពី បោក

Which means: To know how to comes from learning. To have comes from scamming.

Or: ចេះ មក ពី រៀន មាន មក ពី លួច

Which means: To know how to comes from learning. To have comes from stealing.

Yes, Cambodians know there is a fair bit of scamming and stealing in Cambodia, and some will joke about it.

One I made up, and often tell students: ឆ្លាត មក ពី ខំ រៀន ល្ងង់ មក ពី ខ្ជិល រៀន

Which means: To be intelligent comes from putting a lot of effort into learning. To be dumb comes from being lazy to learn.

On this forum, I often write the sound of Khmer words with English equivalent. But there are some words where you cant get the sound accurate with English letters.
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Mawt doy gerdoi gabai!
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explorer wrote: Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:24 am

On this forum, I often write the sound of Khmer words with English equivalent. But there are some words where you cant get the sound accurate with English letters.
Good point - record the audio or a video and upload please. :beer3:
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pretty funny
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