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Khmer Word List

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Cambodians speak Khmer, which is pronounced "K'mai" or "Kmy"
The following is just a short simple list of a few words you might like to know as an adoptive parent.  This list is courtesy of Ngasha Beck-Huy, author of Children of Sovanna-Phum, The Golden Land of Cambodia
You can hear the pronunciations by clicking on the symbol.

Hello - Suesday (soo-ess-DAY)  

Goodbye - Lieh HAOY (LEE-uh howie)  

Thank you - Ah-kun  

Yes (females) - Chah  

Yes (males) - Baht  

No - Aht-tay  

Cambodian Currency - riel (like the english word "real")  

Child - Koun (cone)  or K'chai 

Children - koun-k'chai 

Family - kruesa (crew-ess-AH)  

Parents - Mae-Eu  

Mommy - Mae (pronounced "my")  

Daddy - Eu (or) Pa

Grandma - Yiey (between yee-ay and "yay")  

Grandpa - Taa  

Older brother - Bong proh  

Younger brother - P'ohn proh  

Older sister - Bong srei (the ei sounds like the letter 'A')  

Younger sister - P'ohn srei  

Boy child/son - Kaun-proh (the "kaun" is pronounced like "cone")  

Girl child/daughter - Kaun-srei 

I love you very much - Knyom sraw-line ne-uh nah (the 'n' in Knyom is so slightly pronounced that it is often not even picked up)  

                    

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