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.
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.
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.
|ចុងសប្តាហ៍||chong sab da||Weekend|
|now thngai chanon|
now riengrealthngai chan
|now thngai angkear|
now riengrealthngai angkear
|now thngai pouth|
now riengrealthngai pouth
|now thngai prohos|
now riengrealthngai prohos
|now thngai sok|
now riengrealthngai sok
|now thngai saw|
now riengrealthngai saw
now riengrealthngai atit
|now chong sabda |
now riengreal chong sabda
|at the weekend|
|ម្សិលម្ងៃ||msail mngei||The day before yesterday|
|តើថ្ងៃនេះជាថ្ងៃអ្វី?||tae thngainih chea thngai avei?||What day is today?|
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.
|វិច្ឆកា||vi chchh ka||November|
|ខែនេះ||khe nih||This month|
|ឆ្នាំនេះ||chhna nih||This year|
|តើខែនេះជាអ្វី?||tae khe nih chea avei?||What is this month?|
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.
|រដូវស្លឹកឈើជ្រុះ||rodeuv sleuk cheu chrus||Autumn / Fall|
|រដូវរងារ||rodeuv phkar rik||Winter|
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.
|ម្តងម្កាល||mtongomkeal||once in a while/ occasionally|
|មួយម៉ោង||muoy maong||one hour|
|ពីរម៉ោង||pir maong||two hours|
|មួយនាទី||muoy neati||one minute|
|ពីរនាទី||pir neati||two minutes|
|ដប់នាទី||db neati||ten minutes|
|ដប់ប្រាំនាទី||dbbra neati||fifteen minutes|
|សាមសិបនាទី||samseb neati||thirty minutes|
|សែសិបប្រាំនាទី||seseb bram neati||forty-five minutes|
|តើម៉ោងប៉ុន្មានហើយ?||tae maong bonman haey||What 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.|
|តើវាចាប់ផ្ដើមនៅម៉ោងប៉ុន្មាន?||tae vea chabphdaem now maong bonman?||What time does it start?|
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.
|ពាក់កណ្តាលយប់||peak kandal yub||midnight|
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 Greetings, A New Beginning: Khmer New Year, and 10 Khmer Food That Will Satisfy Your Cravings. All these blog posts will make your days meaningful.
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