Learn Khmer

Planning a trip to Cambodia? Better learn a little Khmer! English may get you pretty far in Phnom Penh, but to really appreciate the uniqueness of The Cambodian Kingdom, why not learn a little Cambodian?!

Perfect for Tourists!
Here's a few hints to help with the pronunciation. There are 33 consonants and 26 vowels. To simplify this, we will give you the transliterations (meaning, we're writing the Khmer in phonetic English).

* "Ai" is pronounced as in Thai;
* "ay" as in pay;
* "dt" is pronounced as a t;
* "bp" is pronounced as p;
* "oo" as in cook;
* "ao" as in Laos.

English Khmer English Khmer English Khmer
Hello jum-reap soo-a Train ra dteah plerng 1 moo ay
How Are You tau neak sok sapbaiy jea teh? Cyclo see kloa 2 bpee
Good Morning arun suor sdei Policeman bpoa leeh or nokor bahl 3 bey
Good Afternoon tiveah suor sdei Yesterday m'serl menh 4 buon
Good Evening sa-yoanh suor sdei Today t'ngai nih 5 bpram
Good Night reah-trey suor sdei Morning bpreuk 6 bpram moo ay
My name is. . . k'nyom tch muoh Midnight aa-tree-at 7 bpram bpee
Yes baat Night yoop 8 bpram bey
No dteh Tomorrow sa-aik 9 bpram buon
Please sohm mehta Sunday t-ngai aa-dteut 10 dahp
Thank You or-goon Monday t-ngai jan 11 dahp moo ay
Excuse Me sohm dtoh Tuesday t-ngai ong-gee-a 20 m'phey
Goodbye joom-reap leah Wednesday t-ngai bpoot 30 saam seup
I don't understand k'nyom men yoo-ul teh Thursday t-ngai bprah-hoa-a 40 seah seup
I want a. . . k'nyom jang baan. . . Friday t-ngai sok 50 haa seup
Water dteuk Saturday t-ngai sao 60 hok seup
Tea dtae Month khaeh 70 jeht seup
Uncooked Rice angkoh Year ch'nam 80 bpait seup
Cooked Rice bai Last Year ch'nam moon 90 gao seup
Turn Left/Right bot dtov kahng ch'wayng/s'dum New Year ch'nam thmey 100 moo-ay roy
Go Straight dtov dtrong Next Year ch'nam groy 1,000 moo-ay bpoan
Meat saich January ma ga raa 10,000 moo-ay meun
Fish dt'ray February komphreak 100,000 moo-ay sain
Chicken moan March meenah 1,000,000 moo-ay lee-un
Bread num bpung April meh sah    
Restaurant haang bai May oo sa phea    
Where is the. . . ? noev eah nah. . ? June mi thok nah    
Market p'sah July ka kada    
Bank tho nee-a kear August say haa    
Post Office bprai sa nee September kan'ya    
Doctor b-peth October dto laa    
Hospital mon dtee b-peth November wech a gaa    
Bus laan ch'nou December t'noo    
Boat dtook