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 reap suor)
Hello. (answering the phone)
How are you?
(naek sok sabai te?)
Fine, thank you.
What is your name?
(naek chmuah ey?)
My name is ______ .
(knyom chmuah _____ .)
Nice to meet you.
(reak reay dae bahn skoal loak )
(mun ay te or un-juhn)
(jah female) (baht men)
(chum reap leah)
(leah sen hai)
I can't speak name of language.
(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?)
(arun sous-dey )
(tiveah sous-dey )
(reatrey sous-dey )
I don't understand.
(min yul dtey)
Where is the toilet?
(bakun 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.