Have you always wanted to travel to Cambodia, but you’ve been too afraid or intimidated to learn Khmer? If that’s the case, you’re not alone. Learning a new language, especially one like the Khmer language, can leave you confused about where to start. Should you start with speaking, writing, or reading? To help you, we’ve come up with tons of easy Khmer vocab for daily life!
Eighty-nine might seem like a big number, so to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed, you can start with just a few useful phrases and a few words and slowly build up your vocabulary until you’ve learned all 89! After all, language learning is a journey. As long as you make time to practice every day, you’re going to see progress, no matter if it’s fast or slow.
To start, we’ll be talking a little about the structure of the Khmer language and then give a brief background on Cambodia. It’s always good to get a refresher, especially if you’re planning on traveling there in the future. After that, we’ll share the basic Khmer vocab for daily life!
The Structure Of The Khmer Language
Khmer is categorized as an Austroasiatic language, meaning that it belongs to the language family of Mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Interestingly, Khmer was greatly influenced by Sanskrit and Pali. If you’re into linguistics, then the relationship between these three languages might be worth looking into further!
Here are some other essential points to know about the structure of Khmer:
- Not a tonal language
- Words are stressed on the final syllable
- Three main dialects
- Written in Khmer script
- General word order is subject-verb-object
Where Is Khmer Used?
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country that borders Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. The country has approximately 17 million people, but the number of Khmer speakers is estimated to be only around 13 million. If you’re traveling to Cambodia, you’ll most likely end up in Phnom Penh, the capital city.
Fun fact: Texas, a state in the southernmost part of the United States, is 3.8 times bigger than Cambodia!
Easy Khmer Vocab For Daily Life
Now that you’re more familiar with the structure of Khmer and the country of Cambodia, you can start learning some practical, common vocab and phrases to help you get around in daily life!
We’ve broken up the vocabulary into five categories to make it easier. If you’re interested in learning the vocabulary of all five categories, then start practicing! But, if you’re looking to learn or refresh your memory on just a couple of categories, then that’s fine too! The categories are listed below:
- Meeting People
- Essential Pronouns
- Dining Out
- Essential Verbs
- Essential Nouns
So, let’s begin!
|How are you?||anak sokhasabbay te?||អ្នកសុខសប្បាយទេ?|
|I am fine!||khnhom sokh sabbay!||ខ្ញុំសុខសប្បាយ!|
|I am sad.||khnhom pibeakchett.||ខ្ញុំពិបាកចិត្ត។|
|What is your name?||tae anak mean chhmoh avei?||តើអ្នកមានឈ្មោះអ្វី?|
|My name is…||chhmoh robsakhnhom ku…||ឈ្មោះរបស់ខ្ញុំគឺ…|
|Where are you from?||tae anak mk pinea?||តើអ្នកមកពីណា?|
|I am from…||khnhom mk pi…||ខ្ញុំមកពី…|
|Can you speak Khmer?||tae anak cheh pheasaeakhmer te?||តើអ្នកចេះភាសាខ្មែរទេ?|
|I’m sorry, I can’t speak Khmer.||khnhom somtosa khnhom min chehniyeay khmer te.||ខ្ញុំសុំទោស ខ្ញុំមិនចេះនិយាយខ្មែរទេ។|
|Do you speak English?||tae anak niyeay pheasaeaangklesa te?||តើអ្នកនិយាយភាសាអង់គ្លេសទេ?|
|Do you understand?||tae anak yl te?||តើអ្នកយល់ទេ?|
|I understand.||khnhom yl.||ខ្ញុំយល់។|
|I don’t understand.||khnhom min yl te.||ខ្ញុំមិនយល់ទេ។|
|No problem!||kmean banhhea!||គ្មានបញ្ហា!|
|It’s nice to meet you!||rikreay del ban chuob anak!||រីករាយដែលបានជួបអ្នក!|
|Where are you going?||tae anak kampoung townea?||តើអ្នកកំពុងទៅណា?|
|I am going to…||khnhom nung tow…||ខ្ញុំនឹងទៅ…|
|Where is the market?||tae phsaar now ena?||តើផ្សារនៅឯណា?|
|See you later!||chuob knea pel kraoy!||ជួបគ្នាពេលក្រោយ!|
|See you tomorrow!||saek chuob knea!||ស្អែកជួបគ្នា!|
|I am hungry!||khnhom khlean!||ខ្ញុំឃ្លាន!|
|I am thirsty!||khnhom srektuk!||ខ្ញុំស្រេកទឹក!|
|Can I order?||tae khnhom ach banhchea ban te?||តើខ្ញុំអាចបញ្ជាបានទេ?|
|I’d like to order…||khnhom chng kom m ng mhoub…||ខ្ញុំចង់កុំម៉ង់ម្ហូប…|
|Water, please?||som tach?||ឲ្យខ្ញុំសូមទឹកមួយកែវមក?|
|I am a vegetarian.||khnhom chea anakbuosa.||ខ្ញុំជាអ្នកបួស។|
|No spicy, please.||min hoer.||មិនហឹរ។|
|Really spicy, please!||pitchea hoer men saum!||ពិតជាហឹរមែនសូម!|
|Do you have…?||tae anak mean te…?||តើអ្នកមានទេ…?|
|What is this?||tae nih chea avei?||តើនេះជាអ្វី?|
|I love it!||khnhom sraleanh vea!||ខ្ញុំស្រឡាញ់វា!|
|It tastes delicious!||vea mean rosacheate chhnganh!||វាមានរសជាតិឆ្ងាញ់!|
|I don’t like it.||khnhom min chaulchett vea te.||ខ្ញុំមិនចូលចិត្តវាទេ។|
|How much is it?||tae vea meanotamlei bonman?||តើវាមានតម្លៃប៉ុន្មាន?|
|The bill, please?||som ket loy||វិក័យប័ត្រសូម?|
|I will definitely come back!||khnhom brakadchea nung tralb mokvinh!||ខ្ញុំប្រាកដជានឹងត្រលប់មកវិញ!|
|To travel||knong kar thveu damnaer||ក្នុងការធ្វើដំណើរ|
|To disagree||min ylsrab||មិនយល់ស្រប|
|To date||mokadl bachchobban||មកដល់បច្ចុប្បន្ន|
|To dream||daembi so be n||ដើម្បីសុបិន្ត|
|To visit||tow leng||ទៅលេង|
|To talk||daembi niyeay||ដើម្បីនិយាយ|
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