I haven’t been diligent in learning Khmer language. Although I know tik theat (little) and it could get me by when I go to market or go out but I still have a hard time. I guess I was just too caught up with life and work. Anyway, I decided I have to at least slowly get back into learning the Khmer language bit by bit. It would definitely make living in Cambodia a lot easier for me.
Two days ago I was in the market for some errand. I was looking for small throw pillows, DVD’s and some cotton shirts. When I was at the shirt selling stall, I had a hard time telling the seller what colors I wanted lol! We resorted to pointing to pointing to objects around the market to get her to ‘get’ what I meant.
So I figured, its high time I learned some colors in Khmer. When I got home I bugged the kiddo and hubby to translate for me. Note that these are just rough translations and I follow the way the English alphabet is pronounced to get the approximate Khmer sounds.
The root word for COLOR in Khmer is PH-OA.
If you want to refer to a color, then you have to start the phase with the word phoa first.
- Black – Phoa Kha Maot
- White – Phoa So-w
- Red – Phoa Krohom
- Yellow – Phoa Leung
- Blue – Phoa Kiev
- Green – Phoa Baitong
- Orange – Phoa Teuk Krewt
- Pink – Phoa P’ka choup
- Violet – Phoa Svay
- Brown – Phoa Thnout
- Silver – Praa
- Gold – Meas
I have this listed now in my little notebook and hopefully could help 😀 More later.