Choom Reeup Sua,
Another week has passed and many more words have been used. This week I picked a new Khmer word for me, that ties two words I already know together. As the end of 2016 comes to a close, I always think some reflection on what we know can help us see something new!
Part of Speech: Adjective
Definition: Sweet and Sour (can insert meat of choice here, my favorite is chicken)
All the LCC pastors were in town this week, so we went to lunch and I took the opportunity to learn some new food names. One I really liked, and asked how to order in the future was Chah Choo-aim Sak Moh-ahn. Which means Fried Sweet and Sour Chicken. This may not seem SUPER exciting to you, but wait, there is more! The word for sweet and sour is a combination of the words for sour (Choo) and sweet (P’aim.) Yes, English obviously does this in its own way, but making connections in a new language is more fun! I hope your New Year’s Eve and first days of 2017 are more sweet than sour, and filled with wondrous words!
Merry Christmas to you, dear readers!
And if you do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you a lovely holiday season with whatever traditions that brings to you! Our word of the week is short and simple, but a catching one if you ask me!
Part of Speech: Noun
Definition: tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration.
This past week has been full of decorating and celebrating both Christmas, and my birthday! Needless to say that glitter was a large part of both of those occasions. The truly astounding thing about glitter is the uncanny ability to continue showing up. I woke up with glitter on my face. Whether this speck is from the hostel decorations, handmade CamFam stockings, or Savannah placing it on my face, I am not quite sure. Either way, all of those situations ended this past Sunday…so who knows how long this glitter will stick around!
This week is short and sweet, but also kinda fun!
Part of Speech: Noun
Why is this the word of the week? Because I learned the word for elephant today in my Khmer class with a friend and thought it was great! Not only did I learn this word, I also learned it by reading the sentence: “I ride an elephant at Angkor Wat.” So, you could say it has been a pretty successful day!
What a world full of paradoxes we live in, and I think I found one this past week. Which makes our word of the week in my first and only fluent language, English:
Part of Speech: Adjective, noun, and adverb (But we are focusing on the noun today!)
a low temperature; cold weather; a cold environment.
“my teeth chattered with the cold“
a common infection in which the mucous membrane of the nose and throat becomes inflamed, typically causing running at the nose, sneezing, and a sore throat.
So, I am living in Cambodia right now and “cold” is not a word most would associate with here. In fact, many of my co-workers and friends are telling me how cold it is right now (which is true for the country) and then I show them the temperatures from my hometown in Iowa. One of their responses was asking me how we can possibly live there if it’s that cold. I explained gloves, hats, scarfs, and sweaters. Since this is the environment of my life right now, and I am not living in “the cold,” we will now move to the second definition, which I am more focused on.
Now, I am not the type of person who gets colds. In fact, I almost never get colds. My normal states are either healthy, or dying sick where you cannot do anything. You could say live a life of extremes, never living a lukewarm life. No matter how true this fact may be, it does not excuse the reality that this past week I had a cold, in Cambodia. To be fair, I live in a hostel with 60 college students, and a family including three little kids. The likelihood of anyone in that situation having a cold is high, and once one person has it, the infection only spreads. To be honest, I can’t complain too much about a sore throat, and stuffy nose. It did not overwhelmingly interfere with my life, other than a hard English class where we worked on pronunciation and even I couldn’t say the words normally. This cold, though paradoxical, was only another one of my many lessons here. And I am grateful for that.