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Khmer words and phrases

Greetings / Address / Personal Pronouns


Greetings

hello........................................................................... joohm ree-up soo-a
how are you?............................................................. sok-sa bai jee-a tay?
goodbye..................................................................... joohm ree-up lea [formal] / lee-hai [informal]
see you again!............................................................ joo-up k’neer dee-ut!
what is your name?..................................................... Laok ch’moo-ah a-vwai?
my name is................................................................. k’nyom ch’moo-ah

 

Polite Forms of Address

loak............................................................................ when speaking to a man
loak-da...................................................................... when speaking to an old man or monk
nay-uk srey................................................................ when speaking to a younger / unmarried woman
om-srey...................................................................... when speaking to an older woman
nee-ung...................................................................... when speaking to a younger person


People

me.............................................................................. knyom
you............................................................................. nee-uk / loak
we.............................................................................. yeung
them........................................................................... poo-kay
him/her....................................................................... quot
my/mine...................................................................... roboh-k’nyom
yours.......................................................................... roboh-nee-uk

 


Basic Words / Phrases / Questions

Basic Words and Phrases

please......................................................................... soam-un-jern
thank you................................................................... arkun
sorry.......................................................................... som-dtoah
yes............................................................................. baat
no.............................................................................. a-dtay
no thank you............................................................... a-dtay arkun
good.......................................................................... la-or
bad / no good............................................................. ot la-or
please speak slowly.................................................... soam ni-yay yeut-yeut
do you understand what I say?.................................... ta nee-uk yoo-ul knyom nih-yay tay?
do you understand me?............................................... ta nee-uk yoo-ul knyom tay?
do you speak English ?.............................................. ta neak nee-yay pee-a-sah ong-klay tay?

 

Questions Words

what’s this?................................................................ knyom
what’s this called?...................................................... nee-uk / loak
how much?................................................................. yeung
where?....................................................................... poo-kay
where is the market?................................................... quot
where is the toilet?...................................................... roboh-k’nyom
where are you going?.................................................. roboh-nee-uk

 

 

Emergency / Health / Medicine

Emergency

emergency.................................................................. kree-a ason
help me!..................................................................... joo-ay k’nyom!
doctor........................................................................ bpairt
where?....................................................................... k’nyom chong dtao bpairt
I want to see a doctor................................................. k’nyom cheu
I’m sick...................................................................... k’nyom cheu tee-nih
I hurt here................................................................... roo-ut yoo-un song-kroo-ah
ambulance.................................................................. roo-ut yoo-un song-kroo-ah
hospital....................................................................... moo-un dtee bpairt
dentist........................................................................ bpairt t’meun


Health Conditions

I am diabetic.............................................................. k’nyom mee-un chum ngoo dteuk nom pha-em
cold / flu..................................................................... krun p’daah-sai
cough......................................................................... k’ok
diarrhea...................................................................... roak ree-uhk
fever........................................................................... krun
ill / sick....................................................................... cheu
vomit.......................................................................... ga-oo-ut
headache.................................................................... cheu-k’bahl
sanitary towel............................................................. tawmpong / sawmluh-ee tro-ap

Medicine

insulin......................................................................... angsuleen
medicine..................................................................... t’num bpairt
pill.............................................................................. t’num kroa-up
injection...................................................................... kah jah!k t’nahm
prescription................................................................ som bot dtinh t’nahm
penicillin..................................................................... payniseelin
I’m allergic to penicillin................................................ k’nyom mee-un pbroah-te-kam ch’muoy t’nam payniseelin
aspirin........................................................................ ah!-spia-rihn
plaster / band aid........................................................ bawng rum
bandage..................................................................... bawng rum roh-boou!s
antiseptic.................................................................... teuk t’num sawmlap may roak

 


Transport / Accommodation

Transport

airport........................................................................ jom-nort yoo-un hoh
bicycle....................................................................... gong
boat........................................................................... kanoe / touk
bus............................................................................. laan krong
bus station.................................................................. suh-ta nee laan-krong
car............................................................................. laan
cyclo.......................................................................... sih-kloa
ferry........................................................................... sah-laan
motorcycle taxi........................................................... motodup
plane.......................................................................... g’bul hoh
railway station............................................................ suh-ta nee ra-dtayh plerng
taxi............................................................................. laan ch’nool
train............................................................................ ra-dtayh plerng
tourist office................................................................ gah-ree-ah-lai dtay-sa-jor

 

Accommodation

hotel........................................................................... oat-el / son-ta-gee-a
guesthouse.................................................................. p’dia som-nak
room.......................................................................... baan-dtoop..........................................[double ‘o’ as in look]
a/c room.................................................................... baan-dtoop marsan tra-chee-uk
cheap room................................................................ baan-dtoop tauk
single room................................................................. baan-dtoop moy kreh-moy
double room............................................................... baan-dtoop moy kreh-pee
do you have a room vacant?....................................... mee-un baan-dtoop dtum-neh tay?
could I see the room?................................................. k’nyom soam merl baan-dtoop baan tay?
how much per night?................................................... moy yuhp t’lay bpon-maan?

 


Places / Directions / Distances

Places

cinema....................................................................... roang-gon
hotel........................................................................... oat-el / son-ta-gee-a
bank........................................................................... tor-nee-a-gee-a
market........................................................................ psar
post office.................................................................. bprai-sa-nee-ya-taan
shop........................................................................... hang
restaurant................................................................... hang-bai
station........................................................................ s’taa-nee
toilet........................................................................... bong-goo-ung
temple........................................................................ woa-ut
embassy..................................................................... s’taan dtoot


Directions

where is (place/name)................................................. noo ai-na?
I want to go to........................................................... k'nyom jong dtao..
stop here................................................................... chop tee-nih
turn left...................................................................... bot ch’wayng
turn right.................................................................... bot s’dum
go straight on............................................................. dtao dtrong ra-hoat
inside.......................................................................... kang k’nong
outside....................................................................... kang krau
in front of.................................................................... kang meuk / tuel meuk
behind........................................................................ kang k’rao-ee
up.............................................................................. krauk
down.......................................................................... joh........................................[´o`as in hot]
near to........................................................................ bpun-too-up bpee
near............................................................................ jeut
over/on....................................................................... leu-a
under.......................................................................... kang kraum
get through................................................................. kat dam
across........................................................................ ch’long kat


Distance

distance...................................................................... chom ngai / ch’ngai
.how far is it?.............................................................. Ta veer chom ngai pbon-maan na?
how far from SR to PP?............................................. Ta pbee SR dtao PP, chom ngai bpon-maan na?
it [is] about 500m....................................................... Veer proh-hael brahm roi met.
it is about half a kilometer........................................... Veer proh-hael kon-la kilomet.
half............................................................................. kon-la

 

 

Food / Drink /Dining

Food

Meat and Seafood

meat........................................................................... saich
beef............................................................................ saich-koh
pork........................................................................... saich-chrook
chicken....................................................................... saich-moa-un
fish............................................................................. dt’ray
seafood...................................................................... m’hohp sa-mot
crab........................................................................... k’daam
shrimp / prawns.......................................................... bong-gorng
lobster........................................................................ bong-kong sa-mot

 


Fruit -- plai cher

mango........................................................................ svai
papaya....................................................................... l’hong
durian......................................................................... too-ree-an
mangosteen................................................................ morng-khut
rambutan.................................................................... sau- mau
custard apple.............................................................. dt’iap
starfruit....................................................................... spue
jack-fruit.................................................................... k’nol / k’nau
lychee........................................................................ ku-lehn
banana....................................................................... jeuk
orange........................................................................ groach [bpoa-sut]
pineapple.................................................................... m’noa-ah
coconut...................................................................... doang
lime............................................................................ graoch-ch’mah
watermelon................................................................ oa-leuk
Vegetables.................................................................. bon-lai
tomato........................................................................ bpayng boh
onion.......................................................................... k’dteum baa-rung
potato........................................................................ dom-loang
garlic.......................................................................... k’dteum sor
cabbage..................................................................... spay-ee k’daop
chilli........................................................................... m’tayh


Basics

rice............................................................................ bai
bread......................................................................... nom-pang
egg............................................................................. bporng
butter......................................................................... beu
cheese........................................................................ froh-man

 

 

Drink

Drinks

beer........................................................................... bee-yair
water......................................................................... dteuk
coffe.......................................................................... gah-fay g’dao
ice coffe..................................................................... gah-fay dteuk-gork
milk............................................................................ dteuk doh
tea............................................................................. dteuk dtai g’dao
ice tea........................................................................ dteuk dtai dteuk-gork
fruit juice.................................................................... dteuk plai cher


 

Dining

Condiments and Sauces

sugar.......................................................................... s’gor
salt............................................................................. om-beul
pepper....................................................................... m’rehj
chilli sauce.................................................................. dteuk m’tayh
soy sauce................................................................... dteuk seeve
firsh sauce.................................................................. dteuk dt’ray


Adjectives Related to Food

sweet.......................................................................... p’aym
salty............................................................................ brai
sour............................................................................ ju
bitter........................................................................... lving / jo!t
tasty........................................................................... h’ngang
tasteless...................................................................... k’mee-un jee-ut
hot............................................................................. heul
cold............................................................................ tra-cheak


Cooking

bake........................................................................... doh!t
boil............................................................................ s´ngau
deep fry...................................................................... boh!n doa
grill............................................................................. ah´ng
raw............................................................................ chao
well done................................................................... cheun
medium...................................................................... moouy dtro lop
stearm........................................................................ jom-hoy


Eating Implements

knife........................................................................... kahm-beut
fork............................................................................ sorm
spoon...................................................................... slab s’laap bpree-a
chopsticks............................................................................. jong-geugh
toothpick............................................................................ cher juk t’maynh


Shopping

buy............................................................................. d’ting
need........................................................................... trau
want........................................................................... chong
very expensive............................................................ t’lai na
cheap......................................................................... tauk
what do you need?..................................................... Ta loak trau avwai?
what do you want?..................................................... Ta loak chong baan avwai?
shoes.......................................................................... s’baik cheung
shirt............................................................................ au
short-sleeved/T-shirt................................................... au dai clai
trousers...................................................................... cau
clothes....................................................................... cau-au
I want to buy something.............................................. Knyom chong dting roboh moi jam noo-un.
I want to buy a shirt.................................................... Knyom chong dting au moi.
it’s expensive!............................................................ Veer t’lai na!
can you discount?....................................................... Joh baan tik baan tay?
how much is it?.......................................................... Ta veer t’lai pbon-maan?
what colour?.............................................................. Bpoa-a avwai?
it costs........................................................................ Veer t’lai

 

 

Numbers / Days of the Week / Time Periods

Numbers

1................. moy
2................. pee
3 ................ bay
4................. boo-un
5................. bram
6................. bram-moy
7................. bram-pee
8................. bram-bay
9................. bram-boo-un
10............... dop
11............... dop-moy
15............... dop-bram
20............... m´pay
21............... m´pay moy
25............... m’pay bram
30............... saam seup
40............... sai-seup
50............... ha-seup
60............... hok seup
70............... jeut seup
80............... bpait seup
90............... gao seup
100............. moy roy
200............. pee roy
500............. bram roy
1000........... moy bpoa-un


Days of the Week

Monday..................................................................... t’ngai jahn
Tuesday..................................................................... t’ngai ong-gee-a
Wednesday................................................................ t’ngai pbu!t
Thursday.................................................................... t’ngai bprah-hoa!s
Friday........................................................................ t’ngai soa!k
Saturday..................................................................... t’ngai sao!w
Sunday....................................................................... t’ngai aa-dteut

 

Periods of Time

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

 

Some Useful Verbs

go............................................................................... dtao
visit............................................................................ dtao-leng
come.......................................................................... moak
come from.................................................................. moak-pee
want........................................................................... jong / jong baan
like............................................................................. joal-jet
know (s/b)................................................................. squahl
know(s/th)................................................................. dung
have........................................................................... mee-un
not have..................................................................... ot mee-un


Useful Khmer Words and Phrases

speak......................................................................... nee-yay
eat............................................................................. n’yam / pbi-saa / hoap
drink........................................................................... peuk
sick............................................................................ cheu
help............................................................................ joo-ay

 

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