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The Khmer language, also called the Cambodian language, has around 16 million speakers around the world.

As the official language of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Khmer is used in the media, government administration, at all levels of education, and in most informal and formal contexts.

Khmer for Beginners

Upon the completion of this course, you can expect to be able to speak in a present and future tense, participating in basic everyday conversations.

Beautiful Khmer Vocabulary

Chhan (chaan) / “moon”

The moon plays a pivotal role in the lives of Cambodians. As a predominantly Buddhist country, the Khmer calendar is lunar-based, with the majority of religious festivals, such as Khmer New Year and Water Festival, dictated by the full moon.

Bong (bong) / “brother” or “sister”

If you’re heading to Cambodia, then bong is a word you’re going to pick up pretty quickly because everyone is your bong. This word can refer to a friend or a peer.

Nimol (ne-moll) / “flawless”

Nimol translates as “flawless” but embodies phrases such as, “without blemish” and “without a doubt”.

Why Learn Khmer?

Enhanced Travel Experience

Khmer is not widely spoken outside of Cambodia, but being the native tongue, it certainly comes in handy when you’re here. If you learn the language, your communication skills will become sharper and you will generally feel more in tune with your environment, allowing you to get so much more out of your experience.

Intellectual Satisfaction

You will find a sense of intellectual satisfaction the first time you can conduct a fair negotiation with a tuk-tuk driver.

It Can Help You Learn Other Languages

Because of its proximity to several Southeast Asian countries, the Cambodian language has both influenced and was influenced by other languages including Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Thai and Cham.

Learn More About the Language

Aksar Khmer

The Khmer language uses its own alphabet, which is known in the language as Aksar Khmer. The word structure is predominantly monosyllabic.

Word Order

The grammatical structure tends to follow a Subject-Verb-Object form. However, it is not strict.


The Khmer language has a system of registers. The speaker should be aware of the social status of who they are speaking to.

About us

Sok Vichear Teacher at Wokoask Khmer Language Courses
At the beginner and elementary level courses, we prioritise pronunciation, teaching how to recognize and produce various sounds. Intermediate and advanced levels concentrate more on literacy.

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