1.1 Informal Conversation

1. Listening

Listen to the conversation between Sok (A) and John (B). Then pause, play, and practice saying the sentences out loud.

2. Speaking

Record yourself greeting and introducing in Khmer, then compare with the conversation above.

3. Reading

  • Read the conversation below and then answer the following questions.

A: Sua-sdey[1]! Sok-sa-baay dtee?

B: Sua-sdey! Khnhom sok-sa-baay. ɔɔ-kun.

A: Khnhom chmuah Sok. Neak chmuah ey?

B: Khnhom chmuah John. Khnhom mook bpii bprɔɔ-dteh[2] aa-mee-rik. Neak mook bpii bprɔɔ-dteh naa?

A: Oh! Khnhom mook bpii bprɔɔ-dteh kam-bpu-jia.

B: Rik-riay dael baan juab neak.

A: Khnhom kɔɔ ey-jəng daer.


  • Read the conversation again, choose the expressions you think they are about exchanging personal information.





[1] The formal and polite greeting in Khmer is “Jom-riab-sua” and “Sua- sdey” is informal is reserved for casual situations and it is equivalent to the English word “Hello”.

[2] The expression Bprɔɔ-dteh “country” can be placed before a country name. However, it is often omitted in spoken language.


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