Learning Khmer Language: Let’s Talk Family

Khmer Language, Living in Phnom Penh / Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Hi, guys! How’s everyone? I missed posting for more than a week. Lol. Not intentional but I was just busy and I also got sick. Nothing serious, its just that when the monsoon season comes along, I always get colds. But surprisingly, I rarely really get sick here. Must be the diet? Or the not too polluted air. I remember when we were living in Manila, a month won’t pass by without me having a cold, or a whooping cough or a full blown asthma attack.

Anyway, I’m still having Khmer language classes and I’m almost done with level II. Not sure yet, if I’ll enroll for Level III but for now I’m really ecstatic that I could now actually read Khmer. My vocabulary is still not that extensive and I still speak with a horrendous accent but I’m making progress.

So today, I’m sharing some basics again. This time, let’s talk about family. The family members and how they are referred to in Khmer. Note that as usual, these are just sound approximations.

  • Family – kruw’sa
  • Father¬†– auv pok
  • Mother – mda’y
  • Son – koun proh
  • Daughter – koun srei
  • Older Brother – bong po’oun proh
  • Older Sister – bong po’oun srei
  • Younger brother – po’oun proh
  • Younger sister – po’oun srei
  • Grandparents – yey ta
  • Grandchild – chau
  • Cousin – bong po’oun jee doun muy
  • Uncle – pu or meah or om proh
  • Aunt¬†-meeng or om srei
  • Nephew – k’muy proh
  • Niece – k’muy srei

Those living in Cambodia would know that majority of Khmers live with extended family, much like other Asian families. So this should come in handy for everyone.


3 Replies to “Learning Khmer Language: Let’s Talk Family”

  1. Hi , to who ever i may be leaving a reply to . I was wondering how and where can i take a class on learning to speak and write in cambodian ? I am cambodian myself , but i rarely know how to speak like one . So if there’s a class that you provide of some sort to help me learn how to study and speak in cambodian . that would be great !

    1. @navie, thanks for leaving a comment.

      There are some places around you can enroll, most expats I know hire private tutors. I personally went to IFL (RUPP) and enrolled in Khmer classes where they teach primarily to read and write Khmer.

      Your comment reminds me I really need to brush up and review my Khmer reading and writing skills. It has gone seriously rusty.

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