The speaker must always pay attention to the hierarchical status of the person being spoken to. Pronouns and verbs change depending on a person’s status.


KhmerKHMER or Cambodian is the official language of Cambodia. It is spoken by approximately 16 million people. Both Thai and Lao alphabets derived from the Khmer alphabet, but unlike those languages it is not a tonal language.

Social status and Khmer language

Hierarchical social relationships in Cambodia exert a tremendous impact on the language. The speaker must always pay attention to the hierarchical status of the person being spoken to. The choice of pronouns and verbs (or even terms for body parts) changes depending on a person’s status. To ensure the accuracy of your project, it’s important to assemble as much information as possible about your target audience.

How 1-StopAsia works?

1-StopAsia’s native Khmer translators have the necessary expertise to consistently apply the right tone in your translation. Our rigorous quality assurance procedure ensures that your translation is translated and reviewed by a native Khmer translator with a specific subject-matter specialty before it is proofread by a second translator. This guarantees that every detail of the document is checked, double-checked, and quality ensured.


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