Language Scientific’s Cambodian (Khmer) Translation Services

Language Scientific provides high quality Cambodian (Khmer) translation services, supplying technical, medical and scientific translation, localization and interpreting into and out of Cambodian (Khmer). We are a US-based language services company serving over 1,500 global corporations. Our specialization, focus, industry-leading quality management standards and customer-centered attitude have earned us the trust of many of the world’s best technology, engineering, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies.

Language Scientific has two divisions—Technical and Engineering Localization and Translation Services Division and Medical and Pharmaceutical Localization and Translation Services Division. Both groups provide a full range of Cambodian (Khmer) language services including:

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Cambodian (Khmer) Language Statistics/Facts

Cambodia is the only country that classifies Cambodian, or Khmer, as the official language. There are 15 million native speakers of Cambodian and approximately another one million people who speak Cambodian as a second language. Outside of Cambodia, there are communities of Cambodian speakers in Australia, France, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. Cambodia has a moderately homogeneous linguistic culture, where there are few minority languages and Cambodian is the predominant language spoken by the population.

Cambodian is categorized under the Austro-Asiatic language family and belongs to the Mon-Khmer subgroup. In the Austro-Asiatic language family, only Vietnamese is a more commonly spoken language in terms of speakers than Cambodian. Unlike many other languages that share similar grammar rules and styles, such as Vietnamese and Thai, Cambodian is not a tonal language.

Cambodian (Khmer) Dialects

Dialect Region
Cardamom Khmer (Western)Small communities in the Cardamom mountains, reaching from western Cambodia to Central Thailand
Central Khmer or Standard KhmerMost commonly spoken form of Khmer, used by schools and media. Follows the Battambang dialect.
Surin Khmer (Northern)Northeast Thailand
Phnom Penh KhmerSpoken in Phnom Penh, the capital and the communities around it

Countries Where Cambodian (Khmer) Is Spoken

  • Australia
  • France
  • United States
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Cambodian Country Data

Country: Cambodia

Capital: Phnom Penh
Population: 16,204,486
Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy: King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen
Currency: Riel
GDP (ppp): $3,700
Unemployment: 0.3%
Government Type: Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
Industries: Tourism, garments, construction, rice milling, fishing, wood and wood products, rubber, cement, gem mining, textiles

Cambodian (Khmer) History

Cultures have been indigenous for such a long time to regions in Cambodia that historians currently debate the early history of Cambodia. Despite the ongoing debate, there have been a number of artifacts discovered at archaeological dig sites that support the notion that societies have been living in Cambodia since around 6000 BC. Indian cultures held a powerful position in Cambodia during the 3rd and 4th centuries during the Funan and Chenla kingdoms.

During the 8th century, after the failure of the Chenla kingdom, the Khmer Empire ruled over the land of modern day Cambodia. Jayavarman II was the first leader of the Khmer people towards the end of the 8th century and established the fundamentals of growth for the empire. The Khmer Empire’s domination of Cambodia spanned from the 8th century into the 15th century and developed its center of power in Angkor.

Angkor is recognized today by its ruins and artifacts as being one of the most advanced developed urban areas of its time. The invasion of the Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya during the 15th century led to the eventual demise and destruction of Angkor. The following period in Cambodia was filled with a power struggle amongst neighboring countries attempting to gain control of Cambodian territory. In an attempt to compete with Britain, the French gained control of Cambodia between 1863-1963 and established the territory as a protectorate.

The language spoken in modern day Cambodia during the 19th century remains similar to the Cambodian language that is popular today. Cambodian follows the Khmer script for its writing system which is currently popular in both a slanted and round script. Theravada Buddhism is the most popular form of religion for Cambodians. During the 13th century, many Cambodians converted to Theravada Buddhism from Hinduism due to the influence of traveling monks.