ភាសាខ្មែរ (Khmer or Cambodian)


Photo by Łukasz Maźnica on Unsplash
Photo by Łukasz Maźnica on Unsplash

Khmer or Cambodian the language of the Khmer people and the official language of Cambodia. With approximately 16 million speakers, it is the second most widely spoken Austroasiatic language after Vietnamese. Khmer has been influenced considerably by Sanskrit and Pali, especially in the royal and religious registers, through Hinduism and Buddhism. The more colloquial registers have influenced, and have been influenced by, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese, and Cham, all of which, due to geographical proximity and long-term cultural contact.

Native Speakers: 16,000,000

Region: Cambodia

Writing System: Khmer script

Language Family: Austroasiatic, Khmer

Basic Phrases in Cambodian

Hello suostei សួស្តី
Goodbye lea លា
Yes bat បាទ
No te ទេ
Excuse me… attos អត់ទោស
Please saum សូម
Thank you saum arkoun សូមអរគុណ