Posts made in March 25th, 2013

APAD 106: Khmer alphabet

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in A Photo a Day, Addicted to Meme, All things Khmer, Cycle 2, sights, That's My World, travel, What's On in Cambodia, work | 2 comments

In my previous work as an environment advocate, I had the opportunity to visit schools in most Cambodian provinces. By doing so, I was able to practice my spoken Khmer which I studied for about a year. It wasn’t so easy but good thing we had an excellent teacher teaching Khmer for foreigners back then in the early 2000s at Institut Fran├žais Cambodge. And the more I visited local schools and talked to local people, the faster I became fluent in Khmer language.

In one of our visits, I saw these visuals pasted on a classroom wall.

apad 106 monday mellow yellows khmer vowels

The Khmer alphabet has 23 vowels. I kid you not.

These are the Khmer vowels, if I am not mistaken, and the sounds they correspond to and is illustrated by the schoolchildren. Visually, the Khmer script is almost similar to Thai and Laos.

Difficult to learn how to speak, you ask? Try reading and writing, lol.

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