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. ថ្ងៃនេះជាថ្ងៃអង្គារ 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. ខែទី១២គឺជាខែអី?||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?|
Record yourself responding to the questions and share it with your friends/teacher for further feedback.
 គឺជា is the full version of ជា “To be”.