Khmer Language

Although basic English is understood in the cities in Cambodia, and older generations learned French at school (and still master the language of Molière), it is important to speak a few words of Khmer to engage with the Cambodian people and thereby make the most of your stay.

Khmer Language in Cambodia

A few words of Khmer vocabulary :

Hello : (ជំរាបសួរ) johm riab sua
Good Bye : (លាសិន​ហើយ) lia suhn hao-y
Sorry : (សុំទោស) sohm toh
Please : sohm
Thank you : (ឣរគុណ) aw kohn
Yes : baat/jaa (masculin/féminin)
No : te

How are you ? : (អ្នកសុខសប្បាយទេ ?) niak sohk sabaay te ?
I am fine : (ខ្ងុំសុខសប្បាយទេ) kh’nyohm sohk sabaay
What is your name ? : (អ្នកឈ្មោះអី ?) niak ch’muah ei ?
My name is : (ខ្ងុំឈ្មោះ) kh’nyohm ch’muah
I don’t understand : (មិនយល់ទេ) kh’nyohm muhn yuhl te

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