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6.5: The Demonstrative Adjective Nih "This"

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    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 “

    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?


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

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

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