Learn Khmer (Cambodian)

Learn Khmer (Cambodian)

Khmer, also known as Cambodian, is a language spoken by people in Cambodia and other areas of South-East Asia. We have put together a guide to learn Khmer with useful words and phrases perfect if you are jeen to learn the basics or are going to be visiting Cambodia. By studying some basic Cambodian words and phrases you will be able to interact with local speakers and make the whole experience of travelling in Cambodia easier. Here are some basic Khmer words and phrases to get you started:

 

 

Greetings 

  • Hello (formal) - Choum Reap Sue
  • Hello (informal) - Sues'day
  • How are you? - Ta neak soksabay teh?
  • I’m fine thanks - Khnyom soksabay awkuhn
  • Good bye - Lea hay
  • See you soon - Choub knea chhab chhab

 

 

Useful Basics

  • Yes - Bat (men) / Chaas (women)
  • No - Teh
  • I don’t understand - Khnom men yol teh
  • Excuse me / Sorry - Som tos
  • Thank you - Awkuhn

 

 

Conversational

  • What is your name? - Ta neak chhmos ey?
  • My name is... - Khnom chhmos...
  • Where are you from? - Tar neak mok pi protes na? 
  • I’m from ... - Khnom mok pi prates...
  • How old are you? - Tar neak ayu bun man?

 

 

Time

  • Time - Moung
  • What time is it? - Moung bon maan?
  • Hour Moung
  • Minute - Natii
  • Day - T’ngai
  • Week - Aa-dteut
  • Month - Kai
  • Year - Ch’nam
  • Yesterday - M’serl-meign
  • Tomorrow - Sa-aik
  • Last week - Aa-dteut moohn
  • Next week - Aa-dteut grao-ee
  • Morning - Bpayl-bpreuk
  • Afternoon - Roh-see-ul
  • Evening - Bpayl l’ngee-ij
  • Night - Bpayl yuhp
  • Tonight - Yuhp-nih

 

 

Useful Verbs

  • Like - Joal-jet
  • Speak - Nee-yay
  • Eat - N’yam / pbi-saa / hoap
  • Drink - Peuk
  • Sick - Cheu
  • Help - Joo-ay

 

 

Directions & Getting Around

  • Where is…..? - Nov er na?
  • I want to go to - K’nyom jong dtao
  • Tourist office - Gah-ree-ah-lai dtay-sa-jor

 

 

Accommodation

You will find most accommodation staff will be able to converse in English especially in tourism hotspots like Phnom Penh and Siem Riep. These words and phrases will come in handy though:

  • Hotel - Oat-el 
  • Guesthouse - P’dia som-nak
  • Room - Baan-dtoop
  • Single room - Baan-dtoop moy kreh-moy
  • Double room - Baan-dtoop moy kreh-pee
  • Could I see the room? - K’nyom soam merl baan-dtoop baan tay?
  • How much is the room per night? - Moy yuhp t’lay bpon-maan?

 

 

Transport

  • Plane - G’bul hoh
  • Airport - Jom-nort yoo-un hoh
  • Bike - Gong
  • Boat - Kanoe / touk
  • Bus - Laan krong
  • Bus station - Suh-ta nee laan-krong
  • Car - Laan
  • Taxi - Laan ch’nool
  • Motorcycle taxi - Motodup
  • Railway station - Suh-ta nee ra-dtayh plerng
  • Train - Ra-dtayh plerng

 

 

Emergencies

  • Emergency - Kree-a ason
  • Help - Joo-ay k’nyom!
  • I’m sick - K’nyom cheu
  • Doctor - Bpairt
  • Ambulance - Roo-ut yoo-un song-kroo-ah
  • Hospital - Moo-un dtee bpairt

 

 

Khmer Numbers 

  • 1 - Moi
  • 2 - Bee
  • 3 - Bey
  • 4 - Boun
  • 5 - Bram
  • 6 - Bram-moi
  • 7 - Bram-bee / bram-bul
  • 8 - Bram-bey
  • 9 - Bram-boun
  • 10 - Dawp
  • 20 - Ma'pey
  • 30 - Sahm sup
  • 40 - Sai sup
  • 50 - Ha sup
  • 60 - Hoek sup
  • 70 - Jut sup
  • 80 - Baht sup
  • 90 - Gao sup
  • 100 - Moi-roy

 

 

Khmer Days of the Week

  • Monday – T’ngai Chan
  • Tuesday – T’ngai Angkea
  • Wednesday – T’ngai Po’ot
  • Thursday – T’ngai Prohoa
  • Friday – T’ngai Sok
  • Saturday – T’ngai Sau
  • Sunday – T’ngai A’tat

 

 

Khmer Months

  • January – Khai Makara
  • February – Khai Kumphea
  • March  – Khai Mea Neah
  • April  – Khai May Sa’a
  • May  – Khai U’ Saphea
  • June  – Khai Mee-to-nah
  • July  – Khai Kha Khada
  • August  – Khai Seyha
  • September  – Khai Kanya
  • October  – Khai To-la
  • November  – Khai Vicheka
  • December  – Khai Ta Nou

 

 

 

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