The Coffee Saga

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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by khmerinade » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:56 pm

cafe tuck dah koh tuh kawh. It's really not that hard.
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by Rama » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:49 pm

Yeah, it's easy and I could write it in Khmer to help me order or I could explain the process of making it in great detail to aid comprehension.
The point was more that café staff don't listen or hear what you're saying 'cause you're barang.
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by vladimir » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:54 pm

Rama wrote:Yeah, it's easy and I could write it in Khmer to help me order or I could explain the process of making it in great detail to aid comprehension.
The point was more that café staff don't listen or hear what you're saying 'cause you're barang.
It's not just about barangs. My Khmer wife often complains that restaurant staff simply don't pat attention when she orders. I've noticed, in my 13 years of teaching here, is that it's very difficult to get Khmers to actually pay close attention to what one person is saying.
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by khmerinade » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:09 am

That's also true.. sometimes they don't believe we can speak khmer and so they don't listen before we even start speaking.. then a look of shock on their faces as they hear you can.. Many times i get "Oiy! Niyeay chubah man" and other times i have the other customers near me repeating my order to the staff while they stand there with a confused look on their face.
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by vladimir » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:32 am

Got pork and rice this morning from another seller, absolutely no problem.

I didn't feel lucky enough to ask for coffee...
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by khmerinade » Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:29 am

I'm enjoying some baw baw trey at the moment.. delicious.
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by Kuroneko » Thu Jun 26, 2014 10:52 am

khmerinade wrote:That's also true.. sometimes they don't believe we can speak khmer and so they don't listen before we even start speaking.. then a look of shock on their faces as they hear you can.. Many times i get "Oiy! Niyeay chubah man" and other times i have the other customers near me repeating my order to the staff while they stand there with a confused look on their face.
I've had that experience at Psar Thmey when trying to buy a small backpack. I asked the women about three times in Khmer how much she wanted for the bag and she just stared at me until the guy owning the next stall interjected with "He wants to buy that bag you daft c**t" (or something like that although not quite as extreme). He followed up with "she can't understand Khmer she's "Yuon" The woman was not amused but I and the other stall owner thought it very funny. :lol:
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Re: The Coffee Saga

Post by ExPenhMan » Fri Jun 27, 2014 9:16 pm

That was a hoot, Vlad.

Same happens in Thailand. While I speak some very very basic Thai, I've often had other Thai customers or the GF say exactly what I said to a stunned store clerk who seemed to wake up and act upon my request. I have had western friends who speak and understand Thai to a high degree be greeted with motionless silence. A repeat doesn't seem to gain them any ground. What's even stranger is, why does a nearby Thai (or Khmer) understand but not the clerk? One for the psychologists.

In a related topic, I only drink my whisky straight. I know every phrase in Thai to say no ice, soda, coke, etc. After I say mai sai naam keng, "piu piu" etc., I am asked "on the rocks"? Which almost always has me fall over in laughter. Mai chai. They still bring the drink out with ice.
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