Learn Khmer Language

The Cambodian language is Khmer, which is inherited itself – and advanced in education with application of Indic languages Pali and Sangkrit from India. Also, the Khmer language is influenced by spoken and written Thai. Some technical languages are borrowed from French. However, English is commonly communicated in hotels and business compounds at present days.

Learn Khmer

Here are some useful Khmer words and phrases, written phonetically, that will come in handy.  Khmer may sound confusing. But with a little patience and practice, you can get by.

There are 33 consonants and 26 vowels.  “Ai” is pronounced as in Thai; “ay” as in pay; “dt” takes the t sound while “bp” takes the p sound.  “Oo” is pronounced as in cook and “ao” as in Laos.

English Khmer English Khmer
Hello

How are you?

Good morning

Good night

Afternoon

My name is…..

Yes

No

Please

Thank You

Excuse me

Goodbye

I don’t understand

I want a…

Water

Tea

Rice (cooked)

Rice (uncooked)

Meat

Fish

Chicken

Bread

Restaurant

Where is the…?

Market

Bank

Post Office

Doctor

Bus

Train

Cycle

Policeman

Turn left

Turn right

Go straight

Morning

Midnight

Night

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

jum-reap soo-a

tau neak sok sapbaiy teh?

arun sour sdei

tiveah sour sdei

reah-trey sour sdei

k’nyom tchmouh…

baat

dteh

suom mehta

or-koon

sohm dtoh

joom-reap leah

k’nyom men yoo-ul tee

k’nyom jang baan…

teuk

tai

bia

angkoh

saich

t’ray

moan

num pung

haang bai

noev eah nah…?

p’sah

tho neea kear

bprai sa nee

peth

laan ch’noul

ra dteah plerng

see kloa

bpoa leeh or norkor-bahl

bot dtoy ch’wayng

bot dtoy s’dum

dtov dtrong

bpreuk

aa-tree-at

yoop

t/ngai aa-dteut

t’ngai jan

t’ngai ong-gee-a

t’ngai bpoot

t’ngai bpra-hoa-a

t’ngai sok

t’ngai sao