6.4 The Demonstrative Adjective Nih “This”

Nih “This” and Time Expressions

To indicate a more specific period of time, expressions such as Bprək nih “this morning”, Aa-dtet nih “this week,” Khae nih “this month”, and Chnam nih “this year” are used.

The years are expressed by the pattern Chnam (year)+Number. For example: 2021 “chanm bpii-bpoan m’phey-muay “

1. Listening and Speaking

Suppose Cambodian people in the video below ask you these questions, how would you respond?

Khmer Questions in Transliteration English
១.​ ថ្ងៃនេះ​ជាថ្ងៃអង្គារ ស្អែកជាថ្ងៃអី? 1. T’ngai nih jia t’ngai ɔng-kee s’aek jia t’ngai ey? 1. Today is Tuesday. What day is tomorrow?
២. ខែទី១២គឺជា[1]ខែអី? 2. Khae dtii dɔb-bpii keu jia khae ey? 2. What is the twelfth of the year ?
៣. ខែទីប្រាំគឺជាខែអី? 3. khae dtii bpram keu jia khae ey? 3. What is the fifth of the year?
៤. ថ្ងៃនេះជាថ្ងៃសុក្រ ម្សិលមិញជាថ្ងៃអី? 4. T’ngai nih jia t’ngai sok m’səl-menh jia t’ngai ey? 4. Today is Friday. What day was yesterday?
៥. ឆ្នាំនេះជាឆ្នាំ២០១៤ ឆ្នាំក្រោយជាឆ្នាំអី? 5. Chnam nih jia chnam  bpii-bpoan  dɔb-baun chnam kraoy jia chnam ey? 5. This is 2014. What is the next?
៦.​ ឆ្នាំមុនជាឆ្នាំអី? 6. Chnam mun jia chnam ey? 6. What was the previous year?

2. Speaking

Record yourself responding to the questions and share it with your friends/teacher for further feedback.




[1] គឺជា is the full version of  ជា​​​​ “To be”.


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