Are you Cambodian or Khmer?
Once known as the Khmer Empire in 802 AD, the country is now officially referred to as the Kingdom of Cambodia. The word 'Cambodia' is an Anglicised version of the French translation of Kampuchea, Cambodge.
Traditionalists often refer to themselves as Khmer however with the country welcoming the world in record numbers, it has become more westernised. As a result, the people are increasingly identifying themselves as Cambodians however the native tongue is still referred to as Khmer. Speaking of which, here are some useful phrases if you ever get the chance to experience the Kingdom of Cambodia.
johm rieb sua (formal) surs dey (informal)
How are you? (អ្នកសុខសប្បាយទេ)
niak sohk sabaay te?
What's your name? (អ្នកឈ្មោះអី?)
niak ch'muah ei?
My name is... (ខ្ងុំឈ្មោះ ...)
kh'nyohm ch'muah ...
Where are you from? (អ្នកមកពីប្រទេសណា?) niak mao pbii prateh naa?
I'm from... (ខ្ងុំមកពី...) kh'nyohm mao pbii...
Pleased to meet you (ខ្ញុំត្រេកអរណាស់ដែលបានស្គាល់លោក) kh'nyom trawk aw naa dael baan skoal loark
lia suhn hao-y
Good luck (សូមឲ្យបានជោគជ័យ)
soam aoy baan joak jaay
Bon appetit / Have a nice meal (អញ្ជើញពិសាឲ្យបានឆ្ងាញ់) anjoe-in pisaa ao-y baan ch'ngain
Bon voyage / Have a good journey (ទៅអោយបានសុខ)
tuoo aoy baan sok
Please speak more slowly (សូមនិយាយយឺតៗ)
sohm niyay yeut yeut
Please say that again (សូមនិយាយម្តងទៀត)
sohm niyay m'dawng tiat
Do you speak Khmer? (អ្នកចេះនិយាយភាសាខ្មែរទេ?)
niak jeh phiasaa kh'mai te?