Useful phrases in Khmer

A collection of useful phrases in Khmer, a Mon-Khmer language spoken in Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and a number of other countries by about 8 million people.

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English ភាសាខ្មែរ (Khmer)
Welcome សូម​ស្វាគមន៍ (sohm swaakohm)
Hello
(General greeting)
ជំរាបសួរ (johm riab sua) - frm
surs dey (inf)
How are you? អ្នកសុខសប្បាយទេ (niak sohk sabaay te?)
Reply to 'How are you?' ខ្ងុំសុខសប្បាយទេ ចុះអ្នក?
(kh'nyohm sohk sabaay, coh neak?)
Long time no see ខានជួបយូរហើយ [kʰaːn cuəp juː haəj]
What's your name? អ្នកឈ្មោះអី? (niak ch'muah ei?)
My name is ... ខ្ងុំឈ្មោះ ... (kh'nyohm ch'muah ...)
Where are you from? អ្នកមកពីប្រទេសណា?
(niak mao pii prateh naa?)
I'm from ... ខ្ងុំមកពី ...
(kh'nyohm mao pii ...)
Pleased to meet you ខ្ញុំ​ត្រេក​អរណាស់​ដែលបាន​ស្គាល់​លោក
(kh'nyom trawk aw naa dael baan skoal loak)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
អរុណសួស្ដី (arun soou sduii)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
ទិវាសួស្ដី (tivaa soou sduii)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
សាយ័ណ្ហសួស្ដី (saayan soou sduii)
Good night រាត្រីសួស្តី [riətrəi suəsdəi]
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
លាសិន​ហើយ (lia suhn hao-y)
ជួបគ្នាថ្ងៃក្រោយ (juab kh'nia th'ngay)
Good luck សូមឲ្យ​បាន​ជោគ​ជ័យ (soam aoy baan joak jaay)
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
ជល់មួយ (jul mouy) លើកដាច់ (lerk dach)
Have a nice day Mien tingay la-aw
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
អញ្ជើញ​ពិសាឲ្យ​បាន​ឆ្ងាញ់
(anjoe-in pisaa ao-y baan ch'ngain)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
ទៅអោយបានសុខ (tuoo aoy baan sok)
I understand
I don't understand មិនយល់ទេ (min yuhl dtay)
Please speak more slowly សូម​និយាយ​យឺតៗ (sohm niyay yeut yeut)
Please say that again សូមនិយាយម្តងទៀត (sohm niyay m'dawng tiat)
Please write it down សូមសរសេរពាក្យនោះឱ្យខ្ងុំ
(sohm sawse piak nooh ao-y kh'nyohm)
Do you speak Khmer? អ្នក​ចេះ​និយាយ​ភាសា​ខ្មែរ​ទេ? (niak jeh phiasaa kh'mai te?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Do you speak English? អ្នកចេះភាសាអង់គ្លេសទេ? [neak ceʰ phiəsaː ɔŋgleːʰ teː?]
How do you say ... in Khmer? ខ្មែរ​ថា​ម៉េច? (... kh'mai tha mait?)
Excuse me សុំទោស (sohm toh)
Pardon? អ្នក​និយាយ​ថា​ម៉េច (niak niyey tha mait?)
How much is this? នេះថ្លៃប៉ុន្មាន? (nih th'lay pohnmaan?)
Sorry សុំទោស (sohm toh)
Thank you ឣរគុណ (aw kohn)
Reply to thank you ឣត់ឣីទេ (awt ei te)
សូម​អញ្ជើញ (sohm anjoe-in)
Where's the toilet? បង្គន់​នៅ​ឯណា? (bawng-kohn neuv ai naa?)
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything  
Would you like to dance with me? អ្នក​ចង់​រាំ​ជាមួយ​ខ្ញុំទេ?
(nek chong rohm ji-mooay kinyom dtay?)
I love you បងស្រលាញ់អូន - m>f
អូនស្រលាញ់បង - f>m
Get well soon ឆាប់ជា [cʰap ciə]
Leave me alone! កុំប៉ះពាល់! [kom paʰ poal]
Help! ជួយ​ខ្ញុំ​ផង! (juay kh'nyohm phawng!)
Fire! ភ្លើងឆេះ! (phloeng cheh!)
Stop! ឈប់! (chohp!)
Call the police! ជួយ​ហៅ​ប៉ូលិស​មក! (juay hav polih mao!)
Christmas and New Year greetings រីករាយថ្ងៃបុណ្យណូអែល ហើយសួស្ដីឆ្នាំថ្មី
[riʔriəj tʰŋai bon nouʔael haəj suəsdəi cʰnam tʰməi]
Easter greetings រីករាយថ្ងៃបុណ្យប៉ាក
[riʔriəj tʰŋai bon paːk]
Birthday greetings រីករាយថ្ងៃខួបកំណើត
[riʔriəj tʰŋai kʰuəp kɔmnaət]
One language is never enough ភាសាតែមួយមិនដែលគ្រប់គ្រាន់ទេ
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
សុទ្ធ​តែ​អន្ទង់​ពេញ​ទូក​ហោះ​យើង
(sott dae ondoong binh duke hah yeung)

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