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- THE LANGUAGE OF CAMBODIA  -

The people of Cambodia



Language and communication: The official language is Khmer. English and French are widely spoken and practical in conducting businesses.

Language Khmer is the language of Cambodia. Some of the people older than 50 can speak some French. Most all the students in Cambodia learn English. Most all of the tourist places you will find  some English speakers. Several foreigners have businesses here from over 40 different countries, speaking their native languages. Tourism is still new to Cambodia, so you might like to try using some Khmer words such as "Please" and "Thank You" and you should be pleased by the response.

The language started in India... thousands of years ago.

And came to Cambodia at least 1,300 years ago. We know this from examining the writings on the temples of the Angkor Wat complex. Also, the sounds of the current Khmer alphabet are very similar to the modern day Hindi alphabet and several words sound similar. The writing also has many similarites.

Since those times, the Khmer writing has been made much more complex (and difficult to read) by adding letters and extra swirls and lines to the the letters.

This original Hindi language is one of the root languages, not only of Khmer (Cambodian Language), but also of Thai, Laotian, and Burmese. While the written system of the language has many similarities throughout all these countries, the numbers are all written the same or very similar.

Khmer is written from left to right, top to bottom, withnospacesbetweenthewords and with very little punctuation There are 3 styles of writing: a script type which is used in handwriting, a block form used in books, magazines and newspapers, and a rounded style used on signs, titles of books and magazines, and in places on official documents and formal invitations.

The Khmer alphabet is considered to have 33 consonants and 23 vowels. There are many more consonants and vowels not included in the standard alphabet. No one knows how many.

The spoken language has no particular tone, as the Thai and Vietnamese languages do. There are no regional dialects, but people from the countryside do speak a little differently from the people in the cities.

What is your name?
Nayaak chmooa away?

Where are you from?
Nayaak chun cheeit away?

How old are you?
Nayaak ayoo poonmaan hi?

Where are you coming from?
Mao pee na?

Where are you going?
Dto na? ("dt" is a cross between a "d" and a "t")

How much does it cost?
Tlai poonmaan?

Please
Som

Thank You
Aakoon

One more please
Som mooey teeut

I don't want it
Awt yaw or Awt chung baan

Yes (for a man)
Baat

Yes (for a woman)
Chaa

No
Awt tay

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