Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

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Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by Bedazzler! » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:25 am

I hate when my girlfriend just says "Klee-un" to announce she's hungry. I know that Khmers don't often use pronouns or subjects that the start of a sentence, it's implied. And I get that they don't use a separate equivalent of the verb "to be." So "klee-un" means "I am hungry."

It still makes me feel like I'm talking to a whiny infant whenever she says it.
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by explorer » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:58 am

Som loi - which means - money please.

I don't have any problem with the words themselves. I don't like it when lazy people expect to be given money. More so when there is anything fake about them. It does not matter if they communicate by words or actions.
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by explorer » Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:03 am

Bedazzler! wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:25 am
I hate when my girlfriend just says "Klee-un" to announce she's hungry. I know that Khmers don't often use pronouns or subjects that the start of a sentence, it's implied. And I get that they don't use a separate equivalent of the verb "to be." So "klee-un" means "I am hungry."

It still makes me feel like I'm talking to a whiny infant whenever she says it.
That is probably because you are new to Khmer. You will probably get used to how they express things and think nothing of it.
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by fax » Mon Nov 25, 2019 6:44 am

Or not

Does it get on your nerves or not?
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by Freightdog » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:24 am

English language* phrase oft used by khmer-

'up to you'

Meaning. It's your decision, but woe betide if it doesn't work out as I wish, and I still have a secret plan all of my own which you won't know about until at least 1 sec after your plan is put into place thinking that it really was 'up to you', at which point everything will be changed.



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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by beaker » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:03 pm

Kwat
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by phuketrichard » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:14 pm

Freightdog wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:24 am
English language* phrase oft used by khmer-

'up to you'

Meaning. It's your decision, but woe betide if it doesn't work out as I wish, and I still have a secret plan all of my own which you won't know about until at least 1 sec after your plan is put into place thinking that it really was 'up to you', at which point everything will be changed.



*not apologetic in any way
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GF gives me that everytime i ask what SHE would like for dinner..

a phrase my daughter would use and would piss me off
"never mind"
Khmer??
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by pissontheroof » Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:32 pm

"never mind"
Khmer??
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"never mind" = mai pen rai ? = muen awtay .. ( ¿ same as no ? )

Not sure , i cannot find a cambodian teacher who speaks thai to teach me .. I would rather learn that way because they don’t even know enlish and can’t write it 👆🏽as you see above . If they use american money i would wish they could speak a little of our language

I cannot learn this language because they use some thai words and change the meaning and pronunciation .
Some are same .. I been kicked out of the school i tried here ‘ for being thai ‘ ...
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Re: Are there any Khmer language word or phrases that get on your nerves?

Post by explorer » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:49 pm

pissontheroof wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:32 pm
"never mind" = mai pen rai ? = muen awtay .. ( ¿ same as no ? )
Never mind is មិន ​អី​ ទេ or mun ai tae.

ទេ or tae is no.

Ask a Cambodian for the correct pronunciation. It is not the same as English, however you spell it.
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