Cambodia has a lot of ceremonies and festivals they celebrate throughout the year. Their celebrations are really colorful and meaningful because of the culture behind them. But, in this blog, let’s talk about celebrating individual success through learning how to say Congratulations in Khmer សូមអបអរសាទរ (Saum Abaarsator).
Why Congratulate Someone For Their Success?
According to Shiv Khera, “Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” But, people do not usually see the process you have undergone to get there. They did not see how many times you failed, how many struggles you have been through, and how many times you wanted to give up. It takes hardship to earn that success; that is why a simple congratulations from the people around you can mean so much. It will make you feel that everything is worth it and of course, you’ll feel appreciated and seen.
This is the reason why we will learn about Congratulations in Khmer. Congratulating someone is something that will the other person feel that their hardship paid off. Through this, they will be able to share their success story and inspire others to chase success.
How To Say Congratulations In Khmer Language?
When we travel around the world, there are different ways to say Congratulations in different languages. In Spanish, they say “¡Felicitaciones!”, Félicitations ! in French, ยินดีด้วย (Yindī d̂wy) in Thai and more.
Now, let’s learn how to say Congratulations in Khmer. Here’s a list of words that you can use in different situations. Translation and pronunciation are also available to help you understand the meaning of these words and phrases. You may also want to check Ling App if you want to know more about the Khmer languages like grammar structure, pronunciation, and more.
1. សូមអបអរសាទរ (Saum Abaarsator)
English Translation: Congratulations
The first word we learn when you want to say Congratulations in Khmer is សូមអបអរសាទរ (Saum Abaarsator). This is the most common way to congratulate someone in the Cambodian language that you’ll often hear from the locals. This can be used in almost every situation like passing an exam, getting promoted, being married or engaged, winning awards, and more.
If you are a foreigner, of course, you can say Congratulations because many Cambodian speak English, but if you really want to take it to a higher level, do it in their own native language. This will be much appreciated because they’ll know it’s genuine.
2. អបអរសាទរ! (Abaarasatar!)
English Translation: Congratulations!
The next way to say Congratulations in Khmer is អបអរសាទរ! (Abaarasatar!). This is also similar to the first one, but this is an easier way to say it. You can also use this in most situations but, if you’re a foreigner, I would suggest you, please use the first one.
3. ការងារល្អ (Karngear l)
English Translation: Good job!
The expression “Good job!” ការងារល្អ (Karngear l) is also one of the most common ways to say Congratulations in Khmer. This is praise you give to someone who did a great job on a task or job. As kids, we often see it in our papers when we got high scores in tests or activities. We can also hear this being said by our parents when we successfully did a task.
4. ធ្វើបានល្អ (Thveu Ban l)
English Translation: Well done!
They said that the reward for a job well done is the opportunity to do more. When we say, “Well done!” ធ្វើបានល្អ (Thveu Ban l) to people who did a great job, it will inspire and motivate them to do more. They will find a reason to continue what they are doing because their efforts are being recognized.
5. អ្នកបានធ្វើវា! (Anak Ban Thveu Vea!)
English Translation: You did it!
Complimenting is another way of congratulating someone. When you say, “You did it.” អ្នកបានធ្វើវា! (Anak Ban Thveu Vea!), you are actually congratulating someone’s success in doing something. There are different situations where you can use it, and I think the most popular situations were when you passed a test-winning competition.
6. សូមជូនពរដោយស្មោះស្ម័គ្របំផុត (Saumchounopr Daoy Smaohsmkr Bamphot)
English Translation: Wish you all the best / Best wishes
Another way to say Congratulations in Khmer is សូមជូនពរដោយស្មោះស្ម័គ្របំផុត (Saumchounopr Daoy Smaohsmkr Bamphot). You’ll mostly hear this during weddings, engagements, and other important milestones in life. You can also use this while saying cheers during the celebration.
7. រក្សាការងារល្អ (Roksaa Kar Ngear l)
English Translation: Keep up the good work
Have you tried being told, “Keep up the good work”? រក្សាការងារល្អ (Roksaa Kar Ngear l) it really feels amazing, right? It makes you feel that your hard work is being recognized. For some, this may be a small and simple thing, but for some people, being told this simple expression means that somebody saw the fruits of your labor. Giving all of your heart to a task is what passionate people do, and it wouldn’t hurt to praise these kinds of people even just through a simple “រក្សាការងារល្អ (Roksaa Kar Ngear l).”
8. នោះហើយជារបៀបធ្វើវា (Noh Haey Chea Rbieb Thveu Vea)
English Translation: That’s how to do it!
People have different ways and strategies to finish a task. But if you are given a job or task, and your ways work, you might hear people say “នោះហើយជារបៀបធ្វើវា (Noh Haey Chea Rbieb Thveu Vea).” You will serve as an example of how to make things done smoothly and successfully.
9. ប៉ះលើខ្នងរបស់អ្នក (Bah Leu Khnang Robsa Anak)
English Translation: Tap on your back.
Sometimes, you can also use non-verbal gestures like shaking hands and tapping on a person’s back. But, what if you’re not physically together with the person you want to congratulate? Then you can just say, “ប៉ះលើខ្នងរបស់អ្នក (Bah Leu Khnang Robsa Anak)” through email and chat especially now when we should practice social distancing because of COVID-19.
10. អស្ចារ្យ Aschara
English Translation: Fantastic
Have you ever watched a splendid performance? This is how audiences congratulate it. But it doesn’t have to be a performance. It can also be a work of art of something that really looks amazing. Congratulating a person who did something fantastic should be congratulated, and saying អស្ចារ្យ Aschara is a way to do it.
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