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 jum-reap soo-a Yesterday m'serl menh  
How are you? tau neak sok sapbaiy teh? Today t'ngai nih  
Good morning arun sour sdei Tomorrow t'ngai sa-aik  
Good night tiveah sour sdei Month khaeh  
Afternoon reah-trey sour sdei Year ch'nam  
My name is..... k'nyom tchmouh... Last Year ch'nam moon  
Yes baat New Year ch'nam thmey  
No dteh Next Year ch'nam groy  
Please suom mehta January ma ga raa  
Thank You or-koon February kompheak  
Excuse me sohm dtoh March mee nah  
Goodbye joom-reap leah April meh sah  
I don't understand k'nyom men yoo-ul tee May oo sa phea  
I want a... k'nyom jang baan... June  mi thok nah  
Water teuk July ka kada  
Tea tai  August say haa  
Rice (cooked) bia September kan'ya  
Rice (uncooked) angkoh October to laa  
Meat saich November wech a gaa  
Fish t'ray December t'noo  
Chicken moan One moo ay  
Bread num pung Two bpee  
Restaurant haang bai Three bay  
Where is the...? noev eah nah...? Four boun  
Market p'sah Five bpram  
Bank tho neea kear Six bpram moo ay  
Post Office bprai sa nee Seven bpram bpee  
Doctor peth Eight bpram bay  
Bus laan ch'noul Night bpram buon  
Train ra dteah plerng Ten dahp  
Cycle see kloa Eleven dahp moo ay  
Policeman bpoa leeh or norkor-bahl Twenty m'pay  
Turn left bot dtoy ch'wayng Thirty saam seup  
Turn right bot dtoy s'dum Forty sai seup  
Go straight dtov dtrong Fifty ha seup  
Morning bpreuk Sixty hok seup  
Midnight aa-tree-at Seventy jeht seup  
Night yoop Eighty bpait seup  
Sunday t/ngai aa-dteut Ninety gao seup  
Monday t'ngai jan Hundred moo-ay roy  
Tuesday t'ngai ong-gee-a Thousand moo-aybpoan  
Wednesday t'ngai bpoot Ten thousand moo-ay meun   
Thursday t'ngai bpra-hoa-a Hundred thousand moo-ay sain  
Friday t'ngai sok Million moo-ay lee-un  
Saturday t'ngai sao      
         
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