Khmer Verbs

Welcome to the 10th lesson about verbs in Khmer. We will first learn about the present tense, followed by the past tense, and future tense. We will also analyze some grammar rules, and finally practice how to ask for direction in Khmer.

Verbs are used to express an action (I swim) or a state of being (I am). The present tense in Khmer conveys a situation or event in the present time. Here are some examples:

Present Tense
Khmer
I speak English

ខ្ញុំនិយាយភាសាអង់គ្លេស

you speak French

គាត់និយាយភាសាបារាំង

he speaks German

គាត់និយាយភាសាអាលីម៉ង់

she speaks Italian

នាងនិយាយភាសាអ៊ីតាលី

we speak Arabic

យើងនិយាយភាសាអារ៉ាប់

they speak Chinese

ពួកគេនិយាយភាសាចិន


The past tense in Khmer conveys a situation or event in the past time. Here are some examples:

Past Tense
Khmer
I visited France

ខ្ញុំបានទៅលេងប្រទេសបារាំង

you visited Italy

គាត់បានទៅលេងប្រទេសអ៊ីតាលី

he visited Morocco

គាត់បានទៅលេងម៉ូរ៉ូកូ

she visited China

នាងបានទៅលេងចិន

we visited Mexico

យើងបានទៅលេងមិសិកូ

they visited Kenya

ពួកគេបានទៅលេងកេនយ៉ា


The future tense in Khmer conveys a situation or event which is anticipated to happen in the future. Here are some examples:

Future Tense
Khmer
I will drink milk

ខ្ញុំ​និងផឹក​ទឹកដោះគោ

you will drink coffee

អ្នកនិងផឹក​កាហ្វេ

he will drink tea

គាត់និងផឹក​តែ

she will drink water

នាងនិងផឹកទឹក

we will drink apple juice

យើងនិងផឹកទឹកផ្លែឈើ

they will drink tea

ពួកគេនិងផឹក​តែ


Now let's take a break and refresh our vocabulary by learning the body parts.

ear
ear

ត្រចៀក

eye
eye

ភ្នែក

mouth
mouth

មាត់

nose
nose

ច្រមុះ

hair
hair

សក់

face
face

មុខ

head
head

ក្បាល

heart
heart

បេះដូង

hand
hand

ដៃ

fingers
fingers

ម្រាមដៃច្រើន

leg
leg

ជើង

feet
feet

ជើង


Travel Phrases in Khmer

Imagine yourself in some Khmer speaking country. The following travel phrases are highly important and can help you avoid misunderstanding. Try to memorize them and practice!

English
Khmer
Can you help me?

តើអ្នកអាជួយខ្ញុំបានទេ?

Can I help you?

អោយខ្ញុំជួយទេ?

Where is the airport?

តើអាកាសយានដ្ថាន​នៅទីណា?

Go straight

ទៅត្រង់

Then

ហើយ

Turn left

បត់ឆ្វេង

Turn right

បត់ស្ដាំ


I hope this lesson about the verbs in Khmer was not hard for you. If you have any question about this lesson please contact me here. Now it's time to check the next lesson below.



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