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Here are some useful Khmer words and phrases, written phonetically, that will come in handy.  Khmer may sound confusing. But with a little patience and practice, you can get by. 

There are 33 consonants and 26 vowels.  "Ai" is pronounced as in Thai; "ay" as in pay; "dt" takes the t sound while "bp" takes the p sound.  "Oo" is pronounced as in cook and "ao" as in Laos. 

 

English

Khmer

Hello

jum-reap soo-a

How are you?

tau neak sok sapbaiy teh? 

Good morning

arun sour sdei

Good afternoon

tiveah sour sdei

Good night

reah-trey sour sdei

My name is.....

k'nyom tchmouh...

Yes

baat

No

dteh

Please

suom mehta

Thank You

or-koon

Excuse me

sohm dtoh

Goodbye

joom-reap leah

I don't understand

k'nyom men yoo-ul tee

I want a...

k'nyom jang baan...

Water

teuk

Tea

tai

Rice (cooked)

bia

Rice (uncooked)

angkoh

Meat

saich

Fish

t'ray

Chicken

moan

Bread

num pung

Restaurant

haang bai

Where is the...?

noev eah nah...?

Market

p'sah

Bank

tho neea kear

Post Office

bprai sa nee

Doctor

peth

Bus

laan ch'noul

Train

ra dteah plerng

Cycle

see kloa

Policeman

bpoa leeh or norkor-bahl

Turn left

bot dtoy ch'wayng

Turn right

bot dtoy s'dum

Go straight

dtov dtrong

Morning

bpreuk

Midnight

aa-tree-at

Night

yoop

Sunday

t/ngai aa-dteut

Monday

t'ngai jan

Tuesday

t'ngai ong-gee-a

Wednesday

t'ngai bpoot

Thursday

t'ngai bpra-hoa-a

Friday

t'ngai sok

Saturday

t'ngai sao

Yesterday

m'serl menh

Today

t'ngai nih

Tomorrow

t'ngai sa-aik

Month

khaeh

Year

ch'nam

Last Year

ch'nam moon

New Year

ch'nam thmey

Next Year

ch'nam groy

January

ma ga raa

February

kompheak

March

mee nah

April

meh sah

May

oo sa phea

June

mi thok nah

July

ka kada

August

say haa

September

kan'ya

October

to laa

November

wech a gaa

December

t'noo

One

moo ay

Two

bpee

Three

bay

Four

boun

Five

bpram

Six

bpram moo ay

Seven

bpram bpee

Eight

bpram bay

Night

bpram buon

Ten

dahp

Eleven

dahp moo ay

Twenty

m'pay

Thirty

saam seup

Forty

sai seup

Fifty

ha seup

Sixty

hok seup

Seventy

jeht seup

Eighty

bpait seup

Ninety

gao seup

Hundred

moo-ay roy

Thousand

moo-ay bpoan

Ten thousand

moo-ay meun

Hundred thousand

moo-ay sain

Million

moo-ay lee-un