|khnhom jia kruu-bɔng-rian||I am a teacher.|
|joh-neak-venh?||how about you?|
|khnhom mən-meen jia kruu-bɔng-rian dtee.||I am not a teacher.|
||I am sorry.|
|ɔt-ey-dtee||That is alright.|
|“Yes” in Khmer:||Baat (for male speaker) and Jaa (for female speaker) are the terms for the English word “Yes”|
|Question sentence with “Dtau” and “Dtee”||“Dtau” is the initial particle in a question sentence. However, it is commonly used in written language and in formal situations. “Dtee” is another question particle placed at the end of the question sentence.
· Dtau neak sok-sab-baay dtee? = How are you?
· Neak sok-sa-baay dtee? = How are you?
|Seeking confirmation with question mee- dtee “Is that right?||The word “meen-dtee” can be translated as “right?” or “isn’t that so?”, and is placed at the end of a statement to seek confirmation or to confirm that you have made a correct assumption. There are several ways to respond to meen-dtee questions. You can either say meen-haəy or baat (if it is male) and jaa (if it is female).|
|Negative formers: ɔt-dtee and men-dtee
|The negative former “ɔt-dtee and mən-dtee” are placed before the main verb and dtee at the end of the statement.|
|Question word: “Where”||The word Naa is the contraction of Ae-naa. However, Naa and Ey can be interchangeable when asking about the country you are from.
Nouw “at” is placed before Naa when asking about the location. For example:
saa-laa neak nouw naa? “Where is your school?”