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80 Useful Words About Khmer Days And Months

When you are lost to the beauty of Cambodia, you may lose track of days (ថ្ងៃ / thngai) and months (ខែ khe). So, to keep track, try to learn the Khmer days and months. Khmer Calendar might be different from where you came from. Cambodians use two types of calendars. The first one is the international calendar they use for civil purposes, and the other one is the traditional calendar they use for religious purposes. If you are given an opportunity to experience some of their important occasions in a year, you are surely lucky and honored.

When you decide to travel, one of the very first and ordinary things that you consider is the date of travel. If you plan to go to Cambodia this 2021, it is better to check the Khmer Calendar. You can learn every month. It would be best if you also backed yourself up with some words related to Khmer days and months.


Khmer / Cambodian Calendar

The traditional Khmer Calendar, which is called “Chhankitek,” means lunar calendar. Interestingly, even though Chhankitek means lunar calendar, the traditional Khmer calendar is lunisolar. It is similar to the one used by Hindu and Chinese.


Days Of The Week

Khmer Days and Months | ថ្ងៃ thngai

Want to know an interesting fact about the Cambodian way of counting days? Khmer’s way of counting days is that it also the same as the Gregorian calendar. But, that is a long discussion that needs to be learned thoroughly. For now, learn these Khmer words related to the days of the week.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
ថ្ងៃចន្thngai chanMonday
ថ្ងៃអង្គារthngai angkearTuesday
ថ្ងៃពុធthngai pouthWednesday
ថ្ងៃព្រហស្បតិthngai prohosThursday
ថ្ងៃសុក្thngai sokFriday
ថ្ងៃសៅរ៌thngai sawSaturday
ថ្ងៃអាទិត្thngaia atitSunday
ចុងសប្តាហ៍chong sab daWeekend
now thngai chanon
now riengrealthngai chan
on Monday
on Mondays
now thngai angkear
now riengrealthngai angkear
on Tuesday
on Tuesdays
now thngai pouth
now riengrealthngai pouth
on Wednesday
on Wednesdays
now thngai prohos
now riengrealthngai prohos
on Thursday
on Thursdays
now thngai sok
now riengrealthngai sok
on Friday
on Fridays
now thngai saw
now riengrealthngai saw
on Saturday
on Saturdays
now thngaiaeatit
now riengrealthngai atit
on Sunday
on Sundays
now chong sabda
now riengreal chong sabda
at the weekend
at Weekends
ម្សិល​ម្ងៃmsail​ mngeiThe day before yesterday
តើ​ថ្ងៃនេះ​ជា​ថ្ងៃ​អ្វី?tae​ thngainih​ chea​ thngai​ avei?What day is today?


Months Of The Year

Khmer Days and Months
Khmer Days and Months | ខែ khe

Khmer calendar follows the 12-month scheme like the Gregorian Calendar. There may be many similarities, but the key difference is that Cambodians use the Buddhist Era as their demarcation line for years. They do not use the Common Era. It is not that surprising because we know that Cambodians are Buddhists. They also have solar and lunar months, but we don’t need to focus on that now. What’s important is that you learn these words and phrases related to the months of the year.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
កុម្ភះkom pheahkFebruary
កក្កតាkak daJuly
វិច្ឆកាvi chchh kaNovember
ខែ​នេះkhe​ nihThis month
ខែក្រោយkhekraoyNext month
ឆ្នាំ​នេះchhna​ nihThis year
ឆ្នាំក្រោយchhnakraoyNext year
នាំមុនchhnamounLast year
តើខែនេះជាអ្វី?tae khe nih chea avei?What is this month?



Khmer Days and Months | រដូវ rdauv

The country of Cambodia has only two seasons, unlike other countries – Hot Season and Rainy Season. But, since you are learning about Khmer days and months, here are some words that you may find helpful.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
រដូវផ្ការីកrodauv phkarikSpring
រដូវក្rodauv kdawSummer
រដូវស្លឹកឈើជ្រុះrodeuv sleuk cheu chrusAutumn / Fall
រដូវរងារrodeuv phkar rikWinter



Khmer Days and Months | ពេលវេលា pelvelea

Cambodia observes Indochina Time all year. It is important to learn words related to time because if you are traveling to their country, there are many situations that you might use vocabulary about time, as your flight schedule and itineraries. So here are some words that you may want to learn.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
ម្តងម្កាលmtongomkealonce in a while/ occasionally
មួយ​ម៉ោងmuoy​ maongone hour
ពីរ​ម៉ោងpir​ maongtwo hours
មួយ​នាទីmuoy​ neatione minute
ពីរនាទីpir neatitwo minutes
ដប់​នាទីdb​ neatiten minutes
ដប់ប្រាំ​នាទីdbbra​ neatififteen minutes
សាមសិប​នាទីsamseb​ neatithirty minutes
សែសិបប្រាំនាទីseseb bram neati forty-five minutes
តើម៉ោងប៉ុន្មានហើយ?tae maong bonman haeyWhat time is it?
តើត្រូវចំណាយពេលប៉ុន្មានម៉ោង?tae trauv chamnaypel bonman maong?How many hours does it take?
ជើងហោះហើររបស់ខ្ញុំគឺនៅម៉ោង ៦ ល្ងាច។cheunghaohhaer robsakhnhom ku now maong 6 lngeach .My flight is at 6 o’clock in the evening.
តើ​វា​ចាប់ផ្ដើម​នៅ​ម៉ោង​ប៉ុន្មាន?tae​ vea​ chabphdaem​ now​ maong​ bonman?What time does it start?


Times Of The Day

Khmer Days and Months | ពេលព្រឹក pel preuk

Because you are learning about Khmer days and months, you also need to learn the times of the day. This is very helpful, especially when you want to say your greetings to others.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
ពេលព្រឹកpel preukmorning
ពេលថ្ងៃpel thngaiforenoon
ថ្ងៃត្រង់thngai trangnoon
ពេលរសៀលpel rosielafternoon
ពេលល្ងាចpel lngeachevening
ពេលយប់pel yubnight
ពាក់កណ្តាលយប់peak kandal yubmidnight
យប់នេះyb nihtonight
ឥឡូវ​នេះilauv​ nihnow


Make Your Time, Days, And Months Worth It!

If you have learned Khmer days and months and enjoyed learning, it is a sign that your time was well-spent. The words you have learned will not just widen your Khmer vocabulary. You can also use it when you go to Cambodia and face a situation that requires your knowledge about time, days, and months. You can read more blog posts like this posted on Ling’s website. There are several blog posts that you can read, such as Hello in Khmer & Other GreetingsA New Beginning: Khmer New Year, and 10 Khmer Food That Will Satisfy Your CravingsAll these blog posts will make your days meaningful.

On the other hand, if you want to learn Khmer and other languages differently and more excitingly, Ling App has an alternative for you. You can learn a number of languages online for free. You would not have to worry about lack of time and conflicting schedules because you can find your own time. Ling App will help you have a language learning experience that is convenient and engaging. So why don’t you get started? Don’t waste any time. Learn Khmer now.

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