Khmer Alphabet

Khmer Alphabet

If you're trying to learn the Khmer Alphabet which is also called Cambodian, check our courses about pronunciation, and sound of all letters... to help you with your Khmer grammar. Try to concentrate on the lesson and memorize the sounds. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Khmer. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!

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Khmer Alphabet

Learning the Khmer alphabet is very important because its structure is used in every day conversation. Without it, you will not be able to say words properly even if you know how to write those words. The better you pronounce a letter in a word, the more understood you will be in speaking the Khmer language.

Below is a table showing the Khmer alphabet and how it is pronounced in English, and finally examples of how those letters would sound if you place them in a word.

Khmer AlphabetSubscriptEnglish SoundPronunciation Example

្ក

as in casle

្ខ

khâas in Khmer

្គ

as in cool

្ឃ

khôas in khota

្ង

ngôas in mango

្ច

châas in chat

្ឆ

chhâas in charm

្ជ

chôas in chop

្ឈ

chhôwatch video below

្ញ

nhôwatch video below

្ដ

as in dark

្ឋ

thâwatch video below

្ឌ

as in door

្ឍ

thôwatch video below

្ណ

as in night

្ត

as in task

្ថ

thâwatch video below

្ទ

as in torsh

្ធ

thôwatch video below

្ន

as in north

្ប

as in bath

្ផ

phâas in pharmacy

្ព

as in poll

្ភ

phôas in photography

្ម

as in moth

្យ

as in yolk

្រ

as in raw

្ល

as in lock

្វ

as in vault

្ឝ

shâas in sharp

្ឞ

ssôwatch video below

្ស

as in sand

្ហ

as in heart

្ឡ *

as in loud

្អ

watch video below

Digraph consonantsUN romanization

ហ្គ

as in guard

ហ្គ៊

as in goal

ហ្ន

as in now

ប៉

as in pouch

ហ្ម

as in mild

ហ្ល

as in loud

ហ្វ

fâ, wâas in foul or wall

ហ្វ៊

fô, wôas in forest or work

ហ្ស

žâ, zâas in Zaire

ហ្ស៊

žô, zôas in zodiac

Independent vowelsUN romanization

â

a

ĕ

ei

ŏ

ŭ

ŏu

rœ̆

lœ̆

é

ai

ឱ, ឲ

aô, aôy

âu

Dependent vowelsromanization a-seriesromanization o-series

អា

aéa

អិ

ĕĭ

អី

eii

អឹ

œ̆

អឺ

œ

អុ

ŏŭ

អូ

ou

អួ

អើ

aeueu

អឿ

eua

អៀ

អេ

é

អែ

ê

អៃ

aiey

អោ

អៅ

auŏu

Khmer Pronunciation

You saw how a letter is written and might be pronounced, but there is nothing better than hearing the sound of the letters in a video or audio. Below you will be able to hear how the letters above are pronounced, just press the play button:

Khmer Pronunciation

The alphabet and its pronunciation have a very important role in Khmer, therefore they need very special attention. Once you're done with the Cambodian alphabet, you might want to check the rest of our Khmer lessons here: Learn Khmer. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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