majority of Cambodians, even those who are not ethnic
Khmer, speak Khmer, the official language of the
Khmer living in Thailand, in Cambodia, and in Laos speak
dialects of Khmer that are more or less intelligible to
Khmer speakers from Cambodia. Minority languages include
Cambodiaese, Cham, several dialects of Chinese, and the
languages of the various hill tribes. Khmer, in contrast
to Cambodiaese, Thai, Lao, and Chinese, is nontonal.
Native Khmer words may be composed of one or two
syllables. Khmer has a rich system of affixes, including
infixes, for derivation. Generally speaking, Khmer has
nouns, verbs, adverbs, and various kinds of words called
normal word order is subject-verb-object. Khmer uses
Sanskrit and Pail rots much as English and other West
European languages use Latin and Greek roots to derive
new, especially scientific, words. Khmer has also
borrowed terms – especially financial, commercial, and
cooking terms – from Chinese, French, and English as
latter borrowings have been in the realm of material
culture, especially the names for items of modern
Western technology. The language has symbols for
thirty-three consonants, twenty-four dependent vowels,
twelve independent vowels, and several diacritics.
Some useful tips for your travel trip
||jaa (by women)
||johm riab sua / sua s'dei
||lia suhn hao-y
||awt ei te / sohm anjoe-in
|how are you?
||niak sohk sabaay te?
||nih th'lay pohnmaan?
||-----neuv ai naa?
||bram pii/bram puhl