Khmer is the main and official language of Cambodia.
Knowing a few Khmer words will help you earn some respect while in Cambodia.
If you are male the word for 'yes' is pronounced 'baht'(បាទ) as in the sound of a sheep followed by a hard T.
If you are female the word for 'yes' is pronounced 'jah'(ចា) as in the first part of 'jar'.
The word for 'no' is pronounced 'otDay'(អត់ទេ/ទេ) with a short 'ot with an emphasis on the D following.
The word for 'thank you' is pronounced 'awkunh'(អរគុណ) sounds a little like raccoon.
To express greater thanks (thank you very much), use the word 'awkunh ch'ran'(អរគុណច្រើន).
The word for 'hello' is pronounced 'sue-saw-day'(សួស្តី) with sue as in a woman's name, saw as in a thing you cut with, and day as in sunday.
The word for 'sorry' is pronounced 'somtoh'(សុំទោស).
The word for 'toilet' is pronounced 'dakuhn' or 'pahkuhn'(បង្គន់/បន្ទប់ទឹក)) Similarly to how you would pronounce the kunh in thank you, but with a short 'ba' in front.
Scooter/mopeds with carriages pulled behind are called a 'tuk-tuk'(តុកតុក) better pronounced with the U sound from the back of your throat, like tulk-tulk.
Scooter/mopeds by themselves are pronounced 'moto'(ម៉ូតូ) with an emphasis on 'mo'.
Rickshaws are called 'cyclo'(ស៊ីក្លូ). The cy is pronounced like the word see.
. (Chum riep sueh)
. (sues dei)
How are you?
. (Daa neh sok sabbai te?)
Fine, thank you.
. (la'or, arkhun)
What is your name?
. (Daa neh chmuah ey?)
My name is ______ .
______ . (Knyom chmuah _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
. (Reek ree-AY dae bahn skoal loak )
. (Aw khun)
. (Muhn ay te or Unjuhn)
. (ja female) (baaht men)
. (ot te)
Excuse me. (getting attention)
. (soum doh)
Excuse me. (begging pardon)
. (soum doh)
. (soum doh)
. (chum riep leah)
. (leah sen heuy)
I can't speak name of language [well].
[ ]. (khnyom ot seu cheh niyeay pia'saa khmae te)
Do you speak English?
? (Cheh niyeay pia'saa Anglais baan te?)
Is there someone here who speaks English?
? (Mean neak nass cheh Onglayh te?)
! (Moul sen!)
. (arun sour sdei )
. (tiveah sour sdei )
. (reah-trey sour sdei )
Good night (to sleep)
I don't understand.
. (Min yul dtey)
Where is the toilet?
? (Bangkun now ey nah?)
Although Khmer uses base-10 numbers, the numbers for 1-9 are effectively spoken as base-5. Thus, six (bpram mouy) literally means five (bpram), one (mouy); whereas sixteen (dop bpram mouy) is ten (dop), five (bprum), one (mouy).
In practice, the word 'sep' is often omitted from the numbers for 30-90. However, it is generally considered more proper to include the word.