Counting Skill Improved: Learning Numbers In Khmer (1-1,000, 0000)

July 12, 2021

Supposed you are shopping in a local store in Cambodia, and the seller asked you about the number of pieces you're buying; what will you say? From shopping, dining, and traveling, learning about counting and numbers in Khmer like មួយ (mouy), ពីរ (pii), បី (bei) and is really important. This is as important as the basic words and phrases and travel phrases in the Khmer language you need to learn when planning a trip to Cambodia. This is what you will learn in this blog post. But, if you want to learn more beyond this, you can check out Ling App.

Let's ride a time machine and go back to our childhood. Remember how we are taught how to count? Numbers and counting are essential in our daily lives. From the day we've come to our senses until now, numbers surround us. Upon reading this blog, you'll surely know how to count perfectly in your native language and maybe in English. But this time, let's learn how to count in Khmer - the Cambodian language.

 

Khmer Numerals: Brief History

In the Khmer language, Cambodians use Khmer numerals since the early 7th century. Khmer Numerals was known in early AD 604 and was found written in the stele (stone or wooden slab; ancient monument) located in Prasat Bayang, Cambodia.

Nowadays, Cambodians use the modern Khmer numerals, which were derived from Hindu numerals. So, if you want to know more about the modern Khmer numerals, just keep on reading.

 

Khmer Numbers And Counting

Numbers in Khmer

If you have a strong grasp of English counting numbers, you will find numbers in Khmer easy to understand. In this blog post, we will break the numbers into groups to make it easier for you to learn.

Numbers In Khmer from 0-5

Let's start with the numbers from 0-5. This is the most important part you should learn because if you have understood this very well, it will be easier for you for the rest of the numbers. So to learn how to count in Khmer, always remember the numbers from 0-5.

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
សូន្យsounzero
មួយmouyone
ពីរpiitwo
បីbeithree
បួនbuonfour
ប្រាំpramfive

Just a quick trivia. In Cambodia, taking pictures with three (បី bei ) people is bad luck. It is believed that the person in the middle will die early.

Numbers In Khmer from 6-9

Now that you have learned the Khmer numbers from 0-5, let's move on to 6-10. To write these numbers, use 5 as the base number or just remember the format: "5 + n". So if you want to write the number six in Khmer, it will look like this 5 (pram) + 1 (mouy) = 6 (pram mouy). See more examples below.

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
ប្រាំមួយpram muoysix
ប្រាំពីរpram piiseven
ប្រាំបីpram beieight
រាំបួនpram buonnine

Numbers In Khmer 10-19

After learning the numbers 1-9, the rest will be easier for you. For numbers 10-19, you may apply the format above, but now, you'll use ten (ដប់ dop) as your base. After that, you can use the format 10+n. So if you want to write the number 6 in Khmer, the process will be 10 (ដប់ dop) + 1 (មួយ muoy) = 11 (dop muoy ដប់មួយ). See more examples below.

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
ដប់dop១០ten
ដប់មួយdop muoy១១eleven
ដប់ពីរdop pii១២twelve
ដប់បីdop bei១៣thirteen
ដប់បួនdop buon១៤fourteen
ដប់ប្រាំdop pram១៥fifteen
ដប់ប្រាំមួយdop pram muoy១៦sixteen
ដប់ប្រាំពីរdop pram pii១៧seventeen
ដប់ប្រាំបីdop pram bei១៨eighteen
ដប់ប្រាំបួនdop pram buon១៩nineteen

Numbers In Khmer from 20-29

Did counting from numbers 10-19 come easy for you? Well then, you'll find it also easy to count from 20-29. Just follow the format, but this time use 20 (ម្ភៃ mpei ) as your base number or just follow the same format "20+n".

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
ម្ភៃmpei២០twenty
ម្ភៃ​មួយmpei mouy២១twenty-one
ម្ភៃ​ពីរmpei pii២២twenty-two
ម្ភៃ​បីmpei bei២៣twenty-three
ម្ភៃបួនmpei buon២៤twenty-four
ម្ភៃប្រាំmpei pram២៥twenty-five
ម្ភៃប្រាំ​មួយmpei pram muoy១៦sixteen
ដប់ប្រាំពីរdop pram pii១៧seventeen
ដប់ប្រាំបីdop pram bei១៨eighteen
ដប់ប្រាំបួនdop pram buon១៩nineteen

Numbers In Khmer from 30-90

Learning the Khmer numbers from 1-29 above has surely given you a strong understanding of counting in the Khmer language. The format above is also used for the remaining numbers. You just have to learn the Khmer terms for the following numbers, and you're good to go.

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
សាមសិបsam៣០thirty
សែសិបsae៤០forty
ហាសិបha៥០fifty
ហុកសិបhok៦០sixty
ចិតសិបchet៧០seventy
ប៉ែតសិបpaet៨០eighty
កៅសិបkao៩០ninety

Numbers In Khmer from 100-1, 000, 000

For larger numbers, you can use the following Khmer words.

Learning the Khmer numbers is essential in multiple situations. First, the Cambodian Khmer system is easy to understand for beginners language learners. All you have to do is memorize the words, the format and use them in conversations. See? You don't need to take a course or flip a book page to learn about numbers in Khmer.

KhmerPronunciationKhmer NumeralsEnglish Translation
មួយរយmuoy roy១០០one hundred
មួយពាន់muoy poan១០០០one thousand
មួយម៉ឺនmuoy muen១០០០០ten tousand
មួយសែនmuoy saen១០០០០០one hundred thousand
មួយលានmuoy lean១០០០០០០one million

 

Phrases Related To Numbers

Learning should always be strengthened through practice and experience. So, expose yourself to the Khmer language and use it in daily conversation. Start with the following phrases related to numbers.

KhmerPronunciationEnglish Translation
សង់ ទី ម៉ែត្Song ti metcentimeter
គីឡូក្រាមKilogramkilogram
មាន តម្លៃMean domlaito cost
នំ បុ័ង មាន តម្លៃ មួយ ដុល្លារ។Num bang mean domlai mouy dolaThe bread costs one dollar.
កា ហ្វេ មួយ ពែង មាន តម្លៃ បី ដុល្លារ។Ka fe mouy peng mean domlai bei dolaA cup of coffee costs three dollars.
ញុំ ញ៉ាំ ផ្លែ ប៉ោម បី ផ្លែ។Knhom nham phlae porm bei phlaeI eat three apples.
ឪ ពុក របស់ ខ្ញុំ មាន ទម្ងន់ ៨៥ គី ឡូ ក្រាម។Ov pouk robos knhom mean tumngun pet seb pram kilogramMy father weighs 85 kilograms.
ក្មេង ស្រី នេះ មាន កម្ពស់ មួយ រយ​សង់ ទី ម៉ែត្រ។Khmeng srei nis mean kompous mouy roy song ti metThis girl is 100 centimeters tall.
គាត់ មាន លុយ ប្រាំ ម៉ឺន ដុល្លារ។Kot mean luy pram meun dolaHe has fifty thousand dollars.
មនុស្ស មួយ សែន នាក់ រស់ នៅ ទី នេះ។Mnus mouy sen nak rus nov ti nisA hundred thousand people live here.
មនុស្ស ប៉ែត សិប លាន នាក់ រស់ នៅ អា ល្លឺ ម៉ង់។Mnus pet seb lean nak rus nov ah leu morngEighty million people live in Germany.

 

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