Khmer phrasebook

Khmer is the main and official language of Cambodia.

Khmer script

Pronunciation guide

Knowing a few Khmer words will help you earn some respect while in Cambodia.

Phrase list

Basics

Common signs


OPEN 
CLOSED 
ENTRANCE 
EXIT 
PUSH 
PULL 
TOILET 
MEN 
WOMEN 
FORBIDDEN 
Hello. ("formal")
ជំរាបសួរ (chum reap suor)
Hello. (informal) 
សួស្តី (sous-dey)
Hello. (answering the phone) 
អាឡូ (allo)
How are you? 
(niak sok sabai teh?)
Fine, thank you. 
សុខសប្បាយ (sok sabai)
What is your name? 
(niak chmuah ey?)
My name is ______ . 
ខ្ញុំឈ្មោះ (knyom chmuah _____ .)
Nice to meet you. 
(reak reay dae bahn skoal loak )
Please. 
សូម (soum)
Thank you. 
អរគុណ (aw khun)
Welcome 
(soum swa-khom)
You're welcome. 
(mun ay te) or អញ្ជើញ (un-juhn)
Yes. 
ច៎ា (jaah female) បាទ (baht men)
No. 
(ot teh)
Excuse me. 
សូមទោស (soum toh)
I'm sorry. 
សូមទោស (soum toh)
Goodbye 
(chum reap leah)
Goodbye (informal) 
(leah seun hai)
I can't speak name of language. 
(k'nyom ot seu cheh niyeay pia'saa khmae teh)
Do you speak English? 
(cheh niyeay pia'saa Anglais baan teh?)
Is there someone here who speaks English? 
(miean niak na cheh Anglais teh?)
Help! 
(chuy!)
Look out! 
(mer seun!)
Good morning. 
អរុណសួស្ដី (arun sous-dey )
Good afternoon. 
(tiveah sous-dey )
Good night. 
រាត្រីសួស្ដី (reatrey sous-dey )
I don't understand. 
ខ្ញុំ​មិន​យល់​ទេ ( k'nyom min yul teh)
Where is the toilet? 
(bakun noew ey nah?)
Happy Birthday! 
(reak reay t'gnai khom-not)

Numbers

Although Khmer uses base-10 numbers, the numbers for 1-9 are effectively spoken as base-5. Thus, six (bpram mouy) literally means five (bpram), one (mouy); whereas sixteen (dop bpram mouy) is ten (dop), five (bprum), one (mouy).

In practice, the word 'sep' is often omitted from the numbers for 30-90. However, it is generally considered more proper to include the word.

0  
๐ (soun)
1  
๑ (muay)
2  
๒ (pee)
3  
๓ (bei)
4  
๔ (buan)
5  
๕ (pbram)
6  
๖ (pbram muay)
7  
๗ (pbram pee)
8  
๘ (pbram bei)
9  
๙ (pbram buan)
10 
๑๐ (dop)
20 
(ma'pei)
30 
(sam sep)
40 
(sae sep)
50 
(haa sep)
60 
(hok sep)
70 
(chet sep)
80 
(paet sep)
90 
(kao sep)
100 
(muay roy)
1,000 
(muay poan)
10,000 
(muay meun)
100,000 
(muay saen)

Time

Time 
ម៉ោង (Maong)

Clock time

What time is it? 
(Maong bon maan?)
Maong mouy t'ngai (day) 
(1 pm)
Maong mouy yop (night) 
(1 am)

Duration

Hour 
ម៉ោង (Maong)
Minute 
នាទី (Neatii)

Days

Day 
(T'ngai) (ថ្ងៃ)
One day 
(Mouy t'ngai) (១ ថ្ងៃ)
Monday 
(Chhan) (ច័ន្ទ)
Tuesday 
(Angkea) (អង្គារ)
Wednesday 
(Poat) (ពុធ)
Thursday 
(Pra-hoah) (ព្រហស្បត្តិ៍)
Friday 
(Sok) (សុក្រ)
Saturday 
(Sao) (សៅរ៍)
Sunday 
(A-tut) (អាទិត្យ)

Months

Year 
(Chnam)
Month 
(Khae)
January 
(Makara)
February 
(Kompheak)
March 
(Mea-neah)
April 
(Mae-sa)
May 
(Osaphea)
June 
(Maytona)
July 
(Kakada)
August 
(Seyha)
September 
(Kanya)
October 
(Tola)
November 
(Vicheka)
December 
(Ta Nou)

Colors

Color 
(Phoa)
Red 
(Phoa Krahom)
Blue 
(Phoa Khiev)
Yellow 
(Phoa Leung)
White 
(Phoa Saw)
Black 
(Phoa Khmao)
Green 
(Phoa Bai-Thong)
Orange 
(Phoa Teuk-Kroit)
Pink 
(Phoa Pkah-Chouk)
Purple 
(Phoa Swai)
Brown 
(Phoa Thnout)​
Silver 
(Phoa P'rak)
Gold 
(Phoa Meas)

Transportation

Ride 
(Che-eh)

Bus and train

Train 
រទេះភ្លើង (Ah-teh-plung)

Directions

Stop 
(Choup)
Turn 
(Bot)
Right 
(Sa-daam)
Left 
(Ch-wang)
Straight 
(Throng)
Backward 
(K'roy)

Accommodation

house 
(p'theh)
my house 
(p'theh k'ngom)
go to my house 
(dtoh p'theh k'ngom)

Money

Money 
លុយ (Loiiy)

Eating

Eat 
ញ៉ាំ (Nham)
Food 
ម្ហូប (Mahop)
Rice 
បាយ (Bai)

Shopping

ne ke ghtu

Driving

to drive 
(baawwk)
car 
ឡាន (laan)

Authority


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