Khmer for Travellers

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Khmer for Travellers

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The Numbers:


2 pii
3 bay
4 boun
5 bprahm
6 bprahm moi
7 bprahm pii
8 bprahm bay
9 bprahm boun
10 dop
11 dop moi
12 dop pii
13 dop bay
20 ma'pay
21 ma'pay moi
30 sam sap
40 sae sap
50 ha sap



...that's how you say 'hello' in Khmer - the official language in Cambodia. 

When visiting a foreign country it's always a good idea to learn a few words. You probably won't need to use it much if you stick to the main tourist destinations as you'll find that many people speak English - especially in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville. However, the people you encounter will, for sure, be impressed if you try to speak a little Khmer with them. Cambodian people truly appreciate when they meet foreigners who try to learn some Khmer words and phrases, so it might well be worth the extra effort.

As always, the best way to learn a new language is to listen and talk to native speakers, but this brief little introduction to the Khmer language will give you a head start.

So, when in Cambodia, give it a go.... Samnang Laor!!!

Useful phrases:

Sues'day Hello (informal)
Chum reap suor Hello (polite)
Soksabay che te? How are you?
Knyom soksabay awkun I'm fine thank you
Awkun Thank you
Awkun ch'ran Thank you very much
Baat Yes (for men)
Chaa Yes (for women)
Tei No
Som Angkor biyea moi dohp I'd like a bottle of Angkor Beer tiet more





 ma noh

More information about the Cambodian language, Khmer, can be found at Tom's learning Khmer, which also provides a set of other Khmer language links.

Knyom ket tha: neak kua tow riean pea sa Khmer....

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