Useful Khmer Words & Phrases For Travelling in Cambodia

Useful Khmer Words & Phrases For Travelling in Cambodia

Planning a trip to Cambodia? People in Cambodia speak Khmer, also called Cambodian, which is a facsinating language. Learning a few basic words and phrases before departing is recommended, this will make your experience more easier and more fun. 

Khemer is general a lot easier to learn than other languages in Asia like Thai or Vietnamese due to the tones and easier pronunciation. If you are planning to travel, work, study or volunteer in Cambodia you really should make the effort to learn the language. Local people will also be really impressed if you make the effort to speak to them in their own language.

Check out our essential Khmer phrases to use when travelling in Cambodia below.

 

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

 

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?
  • 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

 

Food & Drink

  • Restaurant - Haang bai
  • I would like - K’nyom jang baan ...
  • Water - Soht
  • Ice - Dteuk kok
  • Plate - Jahndtiap
  • Glass - Kaehu
  • Beer - Bia
  • Tea - Dtae
  • Coffee - Kahfeh
  • Milk - Dteuk daco
  • Sugar - Sko
  • Rice - Bai
  • Chicken - Moan
  • Fish - Dt’ray
  • Beef - Saich koh
  • Pork - Saich jruk
  • Bread - Nom-pang
  • Egg - Bporng
  • Butter - Beu
  • Cheese - Froh-mah

 

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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