Occupations are an identity of ours, and they take a huge place in our lives. Therefore, we are curious about someone’s occupation when we meet them for the first time. Asking about occupations is also a good conversation starter with someone. There are some common jobs in the world, and if you are a language learner, it is good to learn occupations in Khmer at the first stages of your language learning journey. So let's start with the first step; the word 'job' in Khmer is ការងា (karngear)
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1. តើអ្នកប្រកបមុខរបរអ្វីដែរ? (tae anak brakabmoukharobr avei der?)
English Translation: What do you do for a living? / What is your occupation?
First of all, you need to know how to ask about someone’s job. Then, you are going to learn some vocabulary to answer this question.
2. ញុំជា គ្រូបង្រៀន / សិល្បករ / វិស្វករ (khnhom chea kroubangrien / selbokr / visvakr)
English Translation: I'm a (teacher/ artist/ engineer).
You can simply answer the previous question by saying your job title. For example, I am a (teacher/ artist/ engineer etc.)
3. ការងា (karngear)
English Translation: Job
Sentence: ខ្ញុំកំពុងស្វែងរកការងារធ្វើ (khnhom kampoung svengork karngear thveu) - I'm looking for a job.
Everyone needs a job to maintain their daily lives. Nowadays, it is relatively easier to find a full-time or part-time job thanks to technology.
4. វេជ្ជបណ្ឌិត (vechchobandet)
English Translation: Doctor
Sentence: នាងចង់ក្លាយជាវេជ្ជបណ្ឌិត។ (neang chng klaycha vechchobandet) - She wants to become a doctor.
Every job is important and unique in its own ways but when it comes to the doctors, I really respect them. They save lives every day and all they care about is our well-being.
5. ប៉ូលិស (baulisa)
English Translation: Policeman
Sentence: គាត់ជាប៉ូលិស (keat chea baulisa) - He is a policeman.
Maybe, the most respected job in the world is being a policeman. Every citizen owes them a lot. We feel safe and confident because knowing that there are some brave people to help you in case of any problem is relieving.
6. គ្រូបង្រៀន (kroubangrien)
English Translation: Teacher
Sentence: ខ្ញុំជា គ្រូបង្រៀន (khnhom chea kroubangrien) - I am a teacher.
This is my favorite job since I am one of them. Teachers seem like another family member to kids. They are highly loved and appreciated by students. I sincerely think that teachers have a common skill to affect your life one way or another.
7. ពាណិជ្ជករ (peanechchokr)
English Translation: Businessman
Sentence: គាត់គឺជាពាណិជ្ជករដ៏សំបូរបែប។ (keat kuchea peanechchokr da saambaur beb) - He is a rich businessman.
Businessmen are the ones that keep things alive by trading overseas. They provide us with any kind of product we want. This way we can catch up with the world. They have a crucial role in the economy.
8. សិស្ (sessa)
English Translation: Student
Sentence: មានសិស្ស 20 នាក់នៅក្នុងថ្នាក់រៀន។ (mean sessa 20 neak nowknong thnakrien) - There are 20 students in a classroom.
The first job we all go through. Being a student may be the most difficult one among other jobs. Who can deny that?
9. អ្នកចម្រៀង (anakachamrieng)
English Translation: Singer
Sentence: នាងជាអ្នកចម្រៀង (neang chea anakachamrieng) - She is a singer.
Being a singer takes a lot of hard work, skill, and enthusiasm about music. Some of them are overrated while some are underrated but they all do great work in their field.
10. វិស្វករ (visvakr)
English Translation: Engineer
Sentence: គាត់ជាវិស្វករនៅក្នុងរោងចក្រមួយ។ (keat chea visvakr nowknong rongochakr muoy) - He is an engineer in a factory.
Becoming an engineer is challenging. You have to be good at math, physics, and technology. It is boring and tiring for most people but they are brave enough to do this job willingly.
11. សិល្បករ (selbokr)
English Translation: Artist
Sentence: សិល្បករគឺជាមនុស្សច្នៃប្រឌិត។ (selbokr kuchea mnoussa chnaibradit) - Artists are creative people.
Artists have unique talent and powerful imagination. They can show their feelings and thoughts through art. They are also good at observing their surroundings.
12. តារាសម្តែងស្រី (tara sa mte ng srei)
English Translation: Actress
Sentence: នាងគឺជាតារាសម្តែងស្រីដ៏ស្រស់ស្អាត។ (neang kuchea tara sa mte ng srei da srasa saat) - She is a beautiful actress.
We see that all actresses have a glamorous life. They are wealthy and famous but they put forward a huge effort and sacrifice to get that position. They look amazing and cheerful all the time. I admire them.
13. តារាសម្តែងប្រុស (tara sa mte ng bros)
English Translation: Actor
Sentence: គាត់ជាតារាប្រុសដ៏សង្ហាម្នាក់។ (keat chea tara brosa da sanghea mneak) - He is a handsome actor.
We can say the same things about actors as well. They go through a challenging journey to fame. Let’s be honest, an average man doesn’t care about skincare or appearance that much but actors must take care of their appearance and physique all the time.
14. គិលានុដ្ឋាកយិកា (ki lea nou dtha k yi ka)
English Translation: Nurse
Sentence: នាងគឺជាគិលានុបដ្ឋាយិកាវ័យក្មេង។ (neang kuchea kileanoubadthayikea vyokmeng) - She is a young nurse.
Nurses deserve at least as much respect as doctors. They sometimes have to cancel all their plans when they are needed at the hospital. They are like our protective angels.
15. អ្នកបកប្រែ (anakabakabre)
English Translation: Translator
Sentence: អ្នកគឺជាអ្នកបកប្រែដែលមានបទពិសោធន៍។ (anak kuchea anakabakabre del meanobatpisaoth) - You are an experienced translator.
Translators take on a crucial task in almost every aspect of international relationships whether it is personal or governmental. They must be honest and reliable while translating documents or speeches.
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