Cultural Xplorer

Khmer 101: Cambodian Language Basics

Traveling to Cambodia? Here are some phrases to help you started communicating effectively with the locals. For more extensive language practice, visit sites such as Learn Khmer, My Languages, or the Cambodia Tourism website.

General Greetings

Shopping

$1 = 4,000 riel

Numbers

1 – muoy
2 – pbe
3 – bi (i as in ice)
4 – bo-oon
5 – pram (*roll the r)
6 – pram muoy
7 – pram pbe
8 – prom bi
9 – pram bo-oon
10 – dop
50 – ha sub
100 – muoy roy
500 – pram roy
1000 – mouy puant