The language of Khmer is also known as Cambodian as it’s spoken predominantly throughout Cambodia. The majority of Cambodians speak this language, and this language is also prominent throughout the areas of Thailand and Vietnam. Overall, about 13 million Cambodians speak Khmer and 1.3 million Thais speak it.
There are five dialects of the language in Cambodia, and there are many colloquial versions of the language in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos, where Khmer is also spoken; the languages of these three countries lend dialects and words to the Khmer.
In the southern part of Northeast Thailand, more than a million Khmers speak a version of the language that is so different from the one spoken in Cambodia, some consider it a completely different language altogether. Khmers living in the Cardamom mountains also speak their own dialect, as they live in an extremely remote area of the country.
Essentially, the language is spoken by the descendants of what was once the Khmer Empire.
English to Khmer Translation
Translating English to Khmer can be extremely difficult. In fact, many westerners that travel to areas of the world where Khmer is spoken don’t advance past the basic levels of the language. The major dialects of Khmer include:
- Phnom Penh
- Northern Khmer
- Southern Khmer
- Cardamom Khmer
Unlike many languages in Asia (especially in nearby Thailand, Burma, and Vietnam), Khmer is not a tonal language. The stress of all words is placed on the last syllable.
If you’re learning Khmer, the good news is that you won’t need to learn word conjugations, as words simply aren’t conjugated. The sentence structure of Khmer generally follows a subject-verb-object format.
Trying to learn Khmer online? Need fast translations for travel, school, or business? We recommend using machine translation software that has a Khmer translation tool and can easily translate text to speech, such as the Vocre app, available on Google Play for Android or the Apple Store for iOS.
Software such as Google Translate or Microsoft’s language learning app doesn’t offer the same English translation accuracy as paid apps.
English-Khmer translators and translation services often charge nearly $100 an hour, as this is considered a specialized language. If you’re trying to translate longer texts, this can get pretty pricey, so we recommend inputting the text into a language translation software program or app.
Check out our online translation tool that can help you learn basic words and phrases, such as hello in other languages.
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