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Pronunciation pʰiːəsaː kʰmaːe
Native to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, USA, France, Australia
Ethnicity Khmer
Native speakers 16 million  (2007)[1]
1 million L2 speakers[2]
Language family
Phnom Penh
Northern Khmer (Khmer Surin)
Khmer Krom (Southern Khmer)
Writing system Khmer script (abugida)
Official status
Official language in  Cambodia
Language codes
ISO 639-1 km
ISO 639-2 khm
ISO 639-3 Either:
khm – Central Khmer
kxm – Northern Khmer
Wikipedia Khmae.PNG
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Khmer is the official language of Kampuchea/Cambodia. Its script was the base for the Thai script, although Thai does not use subscript consonants. One thing that makes it particularly difficult for many foreigners to learn is that Khmer words are not separated in a sentence. But still each word in the sentence can be distinguished. Also, there is not much material on Khmer.


  1. Nationalencyklopedin "Världens 100 största språk 2007" The World's 100 Largest Languages in 2007
  2. Lewis, M. Paul (ed.), 2009. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Sixteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Entry for Khmer