|Ot/Ot-Te||Both mean no|
|Nyam||Eat or drink|
|Bong||Older person(this should be used often)|
|Poo||Uncle or really older male|
|Niet||You(can be used to get some people’s attention)|
|Niet Luu-ah||Seller(good to get the attention of a vender or waiter)|
|Nung||Will (indicates future)|
|Pon Mon||How much?|
|Howie||Already (indicates past)|
|Joy||Fuck (In every sense of the word)|
|Nyom Jahng Tao||I want to go|
|Nyom Nung Nyam Kn-yom||I will to eat cake|
Khmer grammar is all about word order. Thankfully you don’t have to Change any word endings. For the future tense, simply add Nung (will) and for the past Howie(already). Words are NOT tonal like Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. Khmer is a very easy language to learn. Beyond this people rarely use prepositions except when talking about items they currently have. This makes it easier but also more confusing.
For example people will say “Jong(want) Tuk(water) Ot-te(Question word)”
What they mean is “do you want water”. You can reply “Bhat(yes male)/Jah(yes female)” or “Jong(want).”
*Warning* If you are learning Khmer in a class you MUST tell your teacher to teach you spoken Khmer not formal or written Khmer! Forty years of civil war along with Pol Pots executions removed the intellectuals from Cambodia. Because of this NO ONE speaks former Khmer. Really no one except on very special occasions.