Lesson 11: Greetings

        Traditionally, Khmer people do not introduce themselves by names. If you want to know their names, you have to ask them. Khmer people do not call each other by name unless they are close friends. However, older people can call the younger ones by name if the former knows the latter's name.
        Khmer people have a tradition of greeting each other by placing their palms together ( sAmpe(eh) when they meet or when they say goodbye. Normally, men tend to shake hands; but men and women tend to greet one another by placing their palms together. In general, they sAmpe(eh (greet with palms together) only people who are older than they are.