In a previous post I shared a set of 60 free “mini-stories” that I had translated into Khmer and recorded to help myself and other learners pick up the language through listening to comprehensible input.
Here I share a simple story about buying coffee that I wrote in English and had translated into Khmer:
Like the mini-stories, this story is told and then many questions are asked about each sentence in the story.
For this story, many different questions are asked for each sentence from the story: Yes-or-no questions, and who, what, when, where, and why questions.
An advantage of this kind of content is that you are hearing the same language over and over again in different ways.
All this repetition makes it easier to follow and understand the story, and also helps you to remember and pick up the words and structures that are used.
You also get to hear many common grammatical forms again and again, such as how different kinds of questions are asked in Khmer.
By paying attention to the questions and trying to answer them, you are also learning to think in Khmer.
Enjoy! Any corrections, suggestions, and feedback are welcome. As well, I would welcome additional recordings of these stories, so that learners can hear a variety of voices and speaking styles.
|It’s nine o’clock in the morning.||ម៉ោង០៩.០០ព្រឹក|
|Chris arrives at his office.||គ្រិសមកដល់ការិយាល័យរបស់គាត់។|
|He has to work, but he is too tired.||គាត់ត្រូវតែធ្វើការ ប៉ុន្តែគាត់ហត់ពេក|
|He feels very tired because he didn’t sleep enough last night.||គាត់មានអារម្មណ៏ហត់ខ្លាំងព្រោះគាត់មិនបានគេងគ្រប់គ្រាន់កាលពីយប់មិញ។|
|He wants to drink some coffee.||គាត់ចង់ផឹកកាហ្វេ|
|He thinks that if he drinks some coffee, he will feel less tired and be able to work.||គាត់គិតថាបើសិនគាត់ផឹកកាហ្វេ គាត់នឹងលែងសូវហត់ និងអាចធ្វើការបាន|
|So, he goes outside to buy some coffee.||ដូច្នេះគាត់ចេញទៅក្រៅ ទៅទិញកាហ្វេ|
|He sees a coffee shop near the building where he works, but it is closed.||គាត់មើលឃើញហាងលក់កាហ្វេមួយនៅជិតអាគារកន្លែងធ្វើការគាត់ ប៉ុន្តែហាងនេះបិទទ្វារ|
|So he walks down the street to look for another coffee shop.||ដូច្នេះ គាត់ក៏ដើរទៅរកហាងលក់កាហ្វេមួយផ្សេងទៀត។|
|He finds a Starbucks and he goes inside.||គាត់ឃើញហាងកាហ្វេស្តារបាក់ ហើយដើរចូលទៅខាងក្នុង|
|He orders a large cup of hot coffee.||គាត់ទិញកាហ្វេក្តៅមួយកែវធំ|
|The cup of coffee costs three dollars.||កាហ្វេមួយពែងថ្លៃបីដុល្លារ។|
|He pays three dollars for the coffee.||គាត់ចេញថ្លៃបីដុល្លារសម្រាប់កាហ្វេ។|
|He adds milk and sugar to the coffee.||គាត់ដាក់ទឹកដោះគោនិងស្ករសចូលកាហ្វេ|
|He goes back to his office with his coffee.||គាត់ត្រឡប់ទៅការិយាល័យធ្វើការជាមួយនឹងកាហ្វេរបស់គាត់|
|He drinks the coffee and feels more awake.||គាត់ផឹកកាហ្វេ ហើយមានអារម្មណ៏លែងសូវងងុយដេក|
|Now he is ready to work.||ឥឡូវ គាត់ត្រៀមខ្លួនរួចរាល់ធ្វើការ។|