Learn Khmer with Sendu-Home Academy

The overwhelming majority of the Cambodian population speak the language known as Khmer.

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia.

Khmer has been influenced considerably by Sanskrit and Pali, particularly in the royal and religious registers.

Small Groups

To ensure the quality, all our groups are restricted to seven individuals.

Essential Khmer Vocabulary

Som Dtoh (som-toe) / Sorry/ excuse me

This is a useful phrase that is well worth picking up before you land in the country.

Chom Reap Lear (chom-reep-lear) / Good bye (formal)

This is the formal way to say goodbye in situations where respect is required. Don’t forget to throw in a smile.

Lee hi (lee-hi) / Good bye (informal)

This is the more commonly used and casual way to wave goodbye.

The Writing System

What Is It Based On?

The Khmer script is based on a variant of the Brahmi script used to write Sanskrit, Hindi, and other Indo-Aryan languages.

Characters

The Khmer script has symbols for thirty-three consonants, twenty-four dependent vowels, twelve independent vowels, and several diacritic symbols.

A Syllabic Alphabet

It is a syllabic alphabet in which each consonant has two forms, one with an inherent vowel /a/ (first series) and one with an inherent vowel /o/ (second series).

The Variety of Languages Spoken in Cambodia

Khmer

Khmer is the official language of Cambodia. It is used in most social and professional contexts such as government administration, education at all levels and in mass media.

Cham

Cham is not only spoken by around 200,000 people in Cambodia, but also by approximately 100,000 in Vietnam and others in Southeast Asia. It belongs to the Austronesian family.

Stieng

Stieng is a Mon-Khmer language from the Austroasiatic family. Bulo Stieng, its most researched dialect, is spoken mostly in the remote areas of the mountains and jungles.

About us

Yu Kannareth Teacher at Sendu-Home Academy
Whether you are a student, a professional or a traveller, we have a course that is right for you. Our goal is to enable learners to advance their level of Khmer language skills.

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