More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Patia Oun (France) & Kaneka Ky (Cambodia)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation.
yes - tcha (if you're a woman) / baat (if you're a man) no - ote aukone please - som phtoh thank-you - or kone hello - soue sday goodbye - lea hai Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Som toh Excuse me (Sorry) - Som toh Good morning - Chom riep sour Good afternoon - Chom riep sour Good evening - Sayoan soue sday Good night - Rir trey soue sday How are you? - Sok sabai tey? I'm fine, thanks - Sok sabai Do you speak English? - Neh diey angle te I don't understand - Kniom ot yol te What's your name? - Neh tchmoueh ey? My name is... - Kniom tchmoueh... I'm from... - Kniom mow pi... I'm a... (student) - Kniom riene (student) / Kniom twe ka (i work as a...) How do you pronounce this? - Neh tha anieh mek tew?
passport - passeport visa - visa Where is the..? - ...new trang na? train station - ateh phloeung sathani bus station - lan krong sathani bus stop - thamnot lane krong airport - pilien yon hooh taxi stand - mien taxi gas station - krelagn teign sagn Where can I get a ticket? - Teign sabot neuw krelagn nah? Can I have a ticket to...? - Kniom some sabot moui teuw...? one way/return - mien tah tew/tew mao second class - kelagn twameda Will you tell me where to get off the bus/train? - Neh preap kniom ban te treuw tchoh neuw kralagn nah te? Does this bus go to (the town center)? - Lane tchoeung kroy neung teuw...te? Which platform? - Phai moui na? Which carriage? - Lane na moui? Which gate? - Twieh moui na? Is it on time? - Tiegn maogn te? How long will it be delayed? - Yut pemagn maogn? car - lan petrol - sagn oil - preign garage - krelagn sieu lane flat tyre - bah kang No, we don't have time to visit your friend's/brother's/uncle's carpet factory/furniture store/gem dealership. - I'm in a hurry. I'm meeting friends at the hotel and I'm already late. -
Where is the nearest internet cafe? - Internet thet thieng trang nah? Do you have WiFi? - What's the WiFi password? - I want to phone... - Kniom some hawe... Can I check my email? - Kniom some meu email Can I print something? - Kniom some print How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - Ma meti/ma maong man tew? What's the code for (the UK)? - Kbal lek telephone...? The sim-card doesn't work - A sim neungn ot dawe te Where can I buy a phone card? - Trang na kniom tegn cart telephone bane?
Can I have a single/double room? - Kniom tchang ketop krey ma neh/krey pi neh Can I have a dorm bed? - private bath - ketop tek reign klougn shared bath - ketop tek rouo How much is it? - Thlay premane? Is it cheaper if I stay (5) nights? - Thaok thiegn neuw trang neung (pram) yop te? Can I see another room? - Kniom some meu ketop mouy tiet
emergencies & health
Call an ambulance! - Haew lane pet! Call the police! - Haew polih! Help! - Thoui! Fire! - Phloeung cheh!I'm meeting my husband/wife - Kniom teuw tchoup pdey/pepone kniom I feel ill - Kniom tchew vomitting - kouout I/My friend needs a... - Kniom/poueh mah kniom trew ka... doctor - pet hospital - monti pet pharmacy - farmassy dentist - pet thmeign ophthalmologist/optician - kroupet phnek contact lenses - contact lenses mosquito repellent/net - thnam mouh/ mong condoms - srom anama Where is the embassy? - Sthane touet neuw na?
restaurants & food
Can I have a table for 1 person/two people? - Some krelagn ma neh/pi neh? Can I order? - Kniom some comen Can I have..? - Kniom some..? Is this very spicy? - A neh heul triune te? Can I have it less spicy? - Knion some aneung pentaeh ot seuw heul? Can I pay? - Some keut loye Cheers! - Aukone! Can I have another..? - Kniom some...mioui thiet beer - biere water - tek rice - bai rice noodles (white) - egg noodles (yellow) - beef - satchko chicken - satchmoine pork - satchchrouk fish - trey crab - kdam shrimp - pekang phnom phen soup - qetew mpengn bai lok lak - beef with salt and pepper sauce, tomatoes and rice tcha lot - pasta made from rice, sauteed with meat I'm a vegetarian - Kniom ot niam saik te I don't eat... - Kniom ot tcheh I'm allergic to... - Knion mien alerzi...
money, shopping & sightseeing
Can I have a..? - Kniom some banh How much is it? - A nieh premane? Where can I change money? - Kniom do loye neuw trang na? What's the exchange rate today? - Atra do trak premane niah nih? Where is the nearest...? - ...thiet thiegn ke? What time does the ...open/close? - ...baek/beut maogn mane? post office - poh bank - bangn supermarket - travel agency - phnet nign tesetioh museum - saramonti temple - wat shop - hagn swimming pool - krelagn haele tek beach - moat semoth cafe - cafe That's too expensive - Tlay peich Still too expensive - Tlay peich tiet Do you have anything cheaper? - Mien ey tiet thaok thiegn te?
1 - moui 2 - pi 3 - bey 4 - boun 5 - pram 6 - pram moui 7 - pram pi 8 - pram bey 9 - pram boun 10 - dup 11 - dop moui 12 - dop pi 13 - dop bey 14 - dop boun 15 - dop pram 16 - dop pram moui 17 - dop pram pi 18 - dop pram bey 19 - dop pram boun 20 - mephey 21 - mephey moui 22 - mephey pi 30 - samsep 40 - saesep 50 - hasep 60 - hoksep 70 - thetsep 80 - paetsep 90 - kaewsep 100 - merroy 101 - merroy moui 200 - pi rroy 1000 - me poine 10000 - me meun 1000000 - me lien
1st - ti moui 2nd - ti pi 3rd - ti bey 4th - ti boun
other useful phrases
Does anyone know what happened in the football/cricket? - Mien neh na degn rieugn reboh ke toit bol/cricket? Is that a ghost?! - A nih qu kmaoith te? It says here in the newspaper that back in (Europe) it's minus five degrees and raining. Hahahahahahaha! - Kniom deugn tha tam kaset neuw (europe) seitan na hah piep kraom pram ensase hah phliegn . Hahahahaha!