Now let’s learn some basic Cambodian (Khmer) conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Cambodian (Khmer).

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Cambodian (Khmer)“.

Basic Cambodian (Khmer) words & phrases: conversations

Basic conversation

EnglishKhmer (Cambodian)Khmer (Cambodian)
yesបាទ, ចាសbat (m), chas (f)
please / you’re welcomeសូមអញ្ជើញsaum anh cheunh
you’re very welcomeមិនបាច់គួរសមទេminbach kuorosam te
thank youអរគុណar koun
thank you very muchអរគុណច្រើនar koun chraen
Excuse me!សុំទោសsomtos


EnglishKhmer (Cambodian)Khmer (Cambodian)
I understand.ខ្ញុំយល់ហើយkhnhom yol haoey
I don’t understand.ខ្ញុំអត់យល់khnhom at yol
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?អត់ទោសថាម៉េចមេញ?attosa thamech menh?
What does that mean?មានន័យថាម៉េច?mean ney tha mech?
I don’t know.ខ្ញុំអត់ដឹងkhnhom at doeng.
I don’t speak Polish.ខ្ញុំមិននិយាយភាសាប៉ូឡូញទេkhnhom min niyeay pheasaea paulaunh te.
I speak a little Polish.ខ្ញុំនិយាយភាសាប៉ូឡូញkhnhom niyeay pheasaa paulaunh.
Do you speak English? (informal)ចេះនិយាយអង់លេអត់?cheh niyeay ang le at?
Do you speak English? (formal)តើអ្នកចេះនិយាយភាសាអង់លេទេ?tae nak chehniyeay pheasaea ang le te?
Yes, I do speak English.បាទខ្ញុំចេះ, ចាស​ខ្ញុំចេះbat​ khnhom cheh. (m), chas​ khnhom cheh. (f)
No, I don’t speak English.ទេខ្ញុំមិនចេះទេte khnhom min cheh te.

Making acquaintances

EnglishKhmer (Cambodian)Khmer (Cambodian)
Please talk more slowly!សូមនិយាយយឺតៗsaum niyeay yeut yeut.
Nice to meet you!រីករាយដែលបានជួបអ្នកrikreay del ban chuob nak.
How are you?តើអ្នកសុខសប្បាយជាទេ?tea neak sok sabay chea te?
Good, thank you!សុខសប្បាយអរគុណsokhasabbay or koun.
I’m well, thanks!ខ្ញុំសុខស្បាយជាទេអរគុណkhnhom sokh sabay chea te orkoun.
Not bad, thanks!មិនអីទេអរគុណmin ei te or koun.
very badមិនសុខសប្បាយទេmin sokh sabbay te
What’s your name?តើអ្នកឈ្មោះអ្វី?tae nak chhmoh avei?
My name is [...].ខ្ញុំឈ្មោះ[...]khnhom chhmoh[...]
What’s your first name?តើនាមខ្លួនអ្នកឈ្មោះអ្វីtae neam khluon nak chhmoh avei.
My first name is [...]នាមខ្លួនរបស់ខ្ញុំគឺ[...]neam khluon robos khnhom keu [...]
How old are you?តើអ្នកអាយុប៉ុន្មានtae nak ayou ponman.
I’m [...] years old.ខ្ញុំអាយុ[...]ឆ្នាំkhnhom ayou [...] chhnam.
What are your hobbies?តើអ្វីជាចំនង់ចំនូលចិត្តរបស់អ្នក?tae avei chea cham nong cham noul chett robos nak?
What do you like doing?តើអ្នកចូលចិត្តធ្វើអ្វី?tae nak chaul chett thveu avei?
What are you doing (at the moment)?តើអ្នកកំពុងធ្វើអ្វី?tae nak kam poung thveu avei?
Where do you live?តើអ្នករស់នៅទីណា?tae nak roas now tina?
I live in [...].ខ្ញុំរស់នៅ[...]khnhom ros now[...]
I’m from Englandខ្ញុំមកពីប្រទេសអង់លេkhnhom mork pi protes ang le
I’m Englishខ្ញុំជាជនជាតិអង់លេkhnhom chea choncheat ang le

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