Cambodia Country Guide


The official language of Cambodia is Khmer. Unlike Mandarin and Vietnamese, Khmer is not a tonal language. However, the Khmer language has many dialects and the Phnom Penh dialect (also known as Central Khmer) is used as the standard and is taught in all schools. Cambodians appreciate attempts by foreign visitors to pick up a Khmer phrasebook and give it a go. If you plan to seriously learn the language, Khmer l
anguage schools can be found in all larger Cambodian cities including Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
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Other Languages
In the western region of Cambodia, dialects of Thai are spoken but largely incomprehensible to speakers of standard Thai. Various Chinese dialects are spoken by the different ethnic Chinese communities, with Teochew being the dominant dialect in Phnom Penh, and Cantonese forming a sizeable minority within the Chinese community.

Phnom Penh by Milei.vencel

English & Foreign Languages
Most Cambodian youths learn English in school, so many young people have a basic grasp of English, though few are fluent. Most "front desk" people in the travel industry speak at least enough English to communicate and many are relatively fluent. Some also speak one or more other languages popular with their foreign tourists including Chinese, Japanese and German. Public signs are generally bilingual, written in both Khmer and English. There is also some prevalence of Japanese and Chinese signs.

Downtown Battambang by Milei.vencel

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