Here is a list of phrases that are good to know. These are mostly good for your friends or someone you already know. However, if you use a phrase or two, you can simply soften the phrase with the proper ending of either ‘ka’ for females or ‘krub’ for males. You really don’t want to say “Ao mar née” to someone you don’t know without ending it politely. Note the tone marks.
|Wait a minute
||Hang on just a second. Raw gon na ka/krub. Can use “diaw na” or “bap neung”.
||Go visit someone or someplace. Bpai yîam mae (Go visit my mother).
||Same as above. Bpai hăa mae (Go seemy mother).
|Give it to me
||Ao mar née
||When you want someone to give you something they have in their hands.
|Give it back
||When you hand someone something and then want it handed back.
|Take it back
||Ao keun mar
||Take it back from me, I don’t want it.
|I got it!
||(Pohm) hâi eng
||If someone says “turn the lights off when you leave” you can say “hâi eng krub”.
|I’ll do it myself
||Don’t worry, I’ll do it myself.
|Just X (Past)
||Pêung gin (Just ate) or Pêung bpai (Just left) .
|Just X (Present)
||Nâng cheree cheree (Just sitting) or Du cheree cheree (Just looking, as in window shopping).
|What do you think?
||Kít yang ngai
||Say it fast, something like “kid-ngyai”.
||A great rising tone/falling tone combination.
||Gerd à-rai kêun
||If you listen long enough, you’ll hear “kêun” quite a bit. It translates to “up”. This might mean something more like “What’s born up?”.
|How are you?
||Bpen yang ngai bâang
||More like a “Hey, how’s it going?”. Bâang is translated to “some”.
|Just sitting around
||The answer to “what are you doing?” or “Tam arai yu?”. Just sitting and breathing.
|Are you sure?
|I am sure
|A moment ago
||It happened just a moment ago.
||Used to say “it’s true!” and such.
||Shortening of the word “bpai”.
|Is that right?
||Shortening of the question “Châi măi?”.
||To ask for 2 packs of cigarettes.
|Times, things and good answers
||Baang tee; àat jà
||Kuan jà; Nâa jà
||Baang kráng; Baang tee
||Têe năi gor dâi
||Mâi mii têe
||Baang yàang; Baang sìng
||à-rai gor dâi
||Mâi mii à-rai
||Mêua-rai gor dâi
||Wela gor dâi
||Mâi mii wela
|Depends/Up to (you)
||Láew dtàe (ter)