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Say Hello In Cambodia

 
 

Cambodia's official and most predominantly used language is Khmer. Knowing a few Khmer words can help you communicate better and earn the respect of the locals while you’re traveling in Cambodia. Some words and phrases can be tricky because they are gender-specific, such as the word “yes”, which is pronounced “baht” (like the sound of a sheep 'baaa' with a hard T at the end) if you're a man, and “jah” if (like how you say 'jar' but without the R) if you're a woman. If that sounds too complicated, take baby steps and learn these basic, non-gender-specific greetings and phrases first:

  • Hello (formal) – chum reap suor
  • Hello (informal) – sous-dey
  • My name is _______. - Knyom chmuah _____.
  • How are you? - naek sok sabai teh?
  • I'm fine, thank you. - sok sabai
  • Thank you – aw khun
  • You're welcome – mun ay te or un-juhn
  • Yes – jaah (female) or baht (male)
  • No – awt tay
  • I'm sorry – soum dtoh
  • Excuse me – soum toh
  • Goodbye (informal) – lean seun hai
  • Goodbye (formal) – chum reap leah
  • Good morning – arun sous-dey
  • Good night – reatrey sous-dey
  • Good afternoon – tiveah sous-dey




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