80 Useful Words About Khmer Days And Months

When you are lost in the beauty of Cambodia, you may lose track of days (ថ្ងៃ / thngai) and months (ខែ khe). So, to keep track of everything, try to learn the words used for describing Khmer days and months. Just imagine not having to worry about whether you correctly understood the check-out time at your hotel or the time the tuk-tuk driver is going to pick you up for your elephant safari just makes life easier. Sounds like a dream, right? If you’re ready to learn more about that, keep reading below!

You might not realize it at first, but the Khmer calendar might be different from where you came from. You see, Cambodians actually 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.

Are you planning a trip to Cambodia this year? If so, one of the first things to consider is the Khmer Calendar. While it may seem like a small detail, knowing the dates in Khmer can make a big difference in ensuring a smooth and enjoyable journey. Not only will it help you avoid potential misunderstandings and schedule mix-ups, but it will also show respect for Cambodia’s rich culture. Let’s go over that and more in the sections below.


Khmer / Cambodian Calendar

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

In the Khmer language, each day of the week is should include the word ថ្ងៃ “T’ngai” – the Khmer word for “day.” So this means that if you want to say “Monday,” then the Khmer word for that is ថ្ងៃចន្ or thngai chan. Sounds pretty easy, right? So long as you practice getting the pronunciations right, you’re good to go.

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

It is also useful to know the seasons of the year in Khmer, as it will help you decide when to visit. The weather can vary, and it is a good idea to know what to expect when you visit. Typically, during the moon phases from June to October is when you can expect clouds and a lot of rain as this is the rainy or monsoon season. the dry season is split into two periods. From March to May, expect it to be hot and dry, and cooler and dry from November to February.

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



Khmer Days and Months | ពេលវេលា pelvelea

Thankfully telling the current local time in Cambodia is kept simple because the country doesn’t have multiple time zones, and you won’t need a time zone converter. This means it is the same time in the cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and any other location across the country. Cambodia also doesn’t observe daylight saving time as other time zones do, so Indochina time is always used, and the time is always UTC GMT+07:00. This makes it nice and easy to convert the current time in your country to the local time in Cambodia.

Khmer uses a different system to represent the time of day than the one we have in the west. Instead of dividing the day into 24 hours as we would in somewhere like London, the Khmer language divides the day into the daytime and the nighttime. The daytime is divided into 12 hours, starting at 6 a.m. The first hour is called “proh muoy” (ព្រហមមួយ) or “first hour,” and the 12th hour is called “proh pi” (ព្រហិតពីរ) or “twelfth hour.”

The nighttime is also divided into 12 hours, starting at 6 p.m. The first hour of the nighttime is called “proh muoy chey” (ព្រហមមួយជេរ) or “first hour of the night,” and the 12th hour is called “proh pi chey” (ព្រហិតពីរជេរ) or “twelfth hour of the night.”

Cambodians also employ a combination of words and numbers to represent the exact time. For example, if it is 7:30 a.m., it would be represented as “proh muoy bpeun” (ព្រហមមួយប្រឹង្ហប៉ូណ៍) or “first hour, half.” If it is 3:45 p.m., it would be represented as “proh sam boun” (ព្រហសេមបូន្ដ្រែល) or “third hour, three quarters.”

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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