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Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ)

Khmer is a member of the Mon-Khmer group of Austroasiatic languages, and is spoken by about 8 million people in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, China, France and the USA. Khmer shares many features and much vocabulary with Thai as a result of centuries of two-way borrowing. There are also borrowings from Sanskrit, Pali, French and Chinese in Khmer.

Khmer alphabet (អក្សរខ្មែរ)

The Khmer alphabet is descended from the Brahmi script of ancient India by way of the Pallava script, which was used in southern India and South East Asia during the 5th and 6th Centuries AD. The oldest dated inscription in Khmer, found at Angkor Borei in Takev Province south of Phnom Penh, dates from 611 AD.

The Khmer alphabet closely resembles the Thai and Lao alphabets, which developed from it.

Notable features

There are a number of ways to Romanize Khmer. The transliteration used here is the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN) system, a group of experts that deals with the national and international standardization of geographical names.


Khmer consonants

Subscript consonants

Khmer subscript consonants

Inpedendent vowels

Inpedendent Khmer vowels

Khmer vowel diacritics


Khmer numerals

Sample text

Khmer Sample


mnoussa teangoasa kaetamk mean seripheap ning pheap smae knea knong setthi ning sechakdeithlaithnaur. mnoussa krobroub sotthote mean vichearonanhnhean ning satesambochonhnh haey trauv br pru td champoh knea towvinhtowmk knong smartei reaban knea chea bangobaaun.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample video in Khmer

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Information about the Khmer language

Online Khmer lessons

Khmer phrases

Online Khmer dictionaries

Online Khmer news and radio

Free Khmer fonts

Information about Khmer Unicode

Khmer character picker

Mon-Khmer languages

Khmer, Vietnamese, Wa

Syllabic alphabets / abugidas