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.
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 translates as “flawless” but embodies phrases such as, “without blemish” and “without a doubt”.
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.
You will find a sense of intellectual satisfaction the first time you can conduct a fair negotiation with a tuk-tuk driver.
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.
The Khmer language uses its own alphabet, which is known in the language as Aksar Khmer. The word structure is predominantly monosyllabic.
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.