Learning Khmer Language: Let’s Talk Family
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. Lol. 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.