Paris Peace Accords 23 Oct. 1991

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Increasing attempts at more word spacing and use of commas

I’m very encouraged by these increasing attempts at more word spacing and use of commas in the Khmer language. We have overcome the hardest, first major obstacle: seeing, identifying the problem.

However, more word spacing can only be had with the use of punctuation marks, particularly the comma. And in my experience, the grouping of words into short phrases is still necessary for now even with the use of punctuation marks, e.g. the commas. (Versus all or most words singly separated, as in this example.)

The next phase (after identifying/seeing the problem) is understanding the rules of punctuation marks and correctly applying them to the Khmer language. This is difficult even among those who know the rules from their knowledge of French or English to apply them to Khmer. I had years to think about applying and more years applying them through trial and error, initially quietly until I gained confidence of a certain application, e.g, separate subject and verb with spacing.


  1. Anonymous8:27 PM

    នៅពេល ដែលខ្ញុំ សរសេរនេះ, តើ ៩៩,៥០ ភាគរយ នៃជនជាតិ ខ្មែរ អានពាក្យ រស្មី ថាយ៉ាង ដូចម្ដេច ??! ខ្ញុំជាអ្នកសួរ, ហើយខ្ញុំ ក៏សុំឆ្លើយ ដោយខ្លួនឯង ផងថា, ពួកគាត់ អានថា, រាក់-ស្មី !!! រហូតដល់ ពួកគាត់ transliterates ជា raksmey ទៀត !!!

    ក្នុងបទ ចម្រៀង, ដែលច្រៀង ដោយលោក ស៊ីន ស៊ីសាមុត, បទណា ដែលមាន ពាក្យ រស្មី នេះ, លោកតែងតែ បញ្ចេញ សម្លេង យ៉ាងច្បាស់ ណាស់ថា រះ-ស្មី !!! Oh, that's why I love him so much !!!

    When you want to transliterate, it is simply rasmey OK!? Or rasmi if you are a Sanskrit inclined like myself ! Whereas, raksmey is cheap and nonsense. Sorry for being rude this time,if any one thinks so !!!
    And how about Wapatoa !? Well ! it rhythms nicely with Krakatoa !!!

    By the way, the decline of Rome in Europe and the eruption of Krakatoa in SE Asia were simultaneously happened around the 5th century BC, had contributed to the crumble of Funan or នគរ ភ្នំ !
    Since then Krakatoa woke up so many times that I lost the count.

  2. Anonymous10:06 PM

    I meant during the 5th century AD ! Sorry again for my senility !!!

  3. Anonymous8:14 AM

    Dear Ms. Theary Seng, I feel very sorry for you in your dealing with your own Khmer type. Their problem is not about grammar or writing. They are just plain stupid. They don't organize their thoughts or minds. It's just a little dumpster full of garbage and a cesspool.

    You will never be able to teach them anything good. I've tried many times.

  4. Anonymous7:22 AM

    Hey 8:14 AM
    You've said that you've tried many times to teach the Cambodians but Khmer guys were unable to learn anythings good from you?
    It sounds to me that, even you've sold to them the underage, virgin Vietnamese girls, along with user instruction such as video DVD etc.. And yet, the Khmer guys can not learn what to do with the girls ??! Therefore they are just plain stupid ?!

    You might retort to me that,no no no, that's not what you've taught.
    And that is not the good things anyway.

    Then tell me, what did you try to teach to Cambodian girls and women ?