Image or Cambodian, is the language of the Khmer people and the official language of Cambodia. It is the second most widely spoken Austroasiatic language, with speakers in the tens of millions. Khmer has been considerably influenced by Sanskrit and Pali, especially in the royal and religious registers, through the vehicles of Hinduism and Buddhism. It is also the earliest recorded and earliest written language of the Mon-Khmer family, predating Mon and by a significant margin Vietnamese. As a result of geographic proximity, the Khmer language has affected, and also been affected by, Thai, Lao, Vietnamese and Cham which all form a sprachbund in peninsular Southeast Asia.
Khmer has its own script, an abugida known in Khmer as Aksar Khmer.
Khmer differs from neighboring languages such as Thai, Lao and Vietnamese in that it is not a tonal language. All its main dialects that are mutually intelligible:
* Battambang, spoken in northern Cambodia.
* Phnom Penh, the capital dialect and is also spoken in surrounding provinces.
* Northern Khmer, also known as Khmer Surin, spoken by ethnic Khmer native to Northeast Thailand
* Khmer Krom or Southern Khmer, spoken by the indigenous Khmer population of the Mekong Delta.
* Cardamom Khmer, an archaic form spoken by a small opulation in the Cardamom Mountains of western Cambodia.
Khmer on whatamieating.com
To find foods and food-related items in whatamieating.com in Khmer you may search by any sensible combination of the following terms:
Asia Asian East Eastern Cambodge Cambodian Cambodia Cambodjaans Camboge Cambogiana Camboyano Campuchea Campuchean Jemer Kambodschanisch Kambodschanische Kampuchea Kampuchean Khmer South Taal
These terms associated with languages are hidden behind the scenes as there is some crossover with other languages. This is not intended to be offensive and I apologise to anyone who feels affronted. In the same way I have included 'Indian' in the search terms for foods of Sri Lanka, 'English' in searches of the food glossary for Welsh or Scottish; likewise for other Indian, African or South American food terms, where any of hundreds of languages may be in use. It is simply to aid the traveller, often ignorant of the finer detail.
You may use any of the above terms in any search you make using 'Translate from English' so that if you wish to search for a translation of shrimp paste, choose whichever of these language terms that you think is most appropriate, say
'Cambodian shrimp paste' and then click on 'Translate from English'
One of the problems of providing searches in a multilingual world-wide food dictionary is trying to help people reach the things they are searching for. People do not always know the precise language being used, so these more general searches such as 'South East Asian' may help in a successful search.
Also included in the glossary are dishes from the cuisine of the region, cookery terms, cooking methods, drinks, food festivals, days of the week, months of the year etc.
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