Khmer language, also called Cambodian, Mon-Khmer language spoken by most of the population of Cambodia, where it is the official language, and by some 1.3 million people in southeastern Thailand, and also by more than a million people in southern Vietnam.
Is Khmer a tonal language?
In marked contrast to Vietnamese, Thai, Lao, and Burmese, Khmer is not a tonal language. However, not unlike Thai, Lao, and Burmese, Khmer has been influenced by Sanskrit and Pali, largely as a result of the spread of Hinduism and Buddhism in Cambodia.
Is Khmer a difficult language?
Khmer is a truly difficult language for Westerners to learn, harder than Mandarin to speak, and harder than anything other than Chinese or Japanese to read. There are several difficulties. … To top it off, there is no standard, intuitive system to transcribe Khmer into the Latin alphabet.
Is Cambodian a phonetic language?
Khmer uses a phonetic alphabet with 33 consonants, 23 vowels, and 12 independent vowels. Visually, the Khmer alphabet is similar to the Thai and Lao, and many words in these three languages trace their origins to common Pali or Sanskrit roots. One significant difference is that Khmer is not tonal.
What is the hardest language in the world?
1. Mandarin Chinese. Interestingly, the hardest language to learn is also the most widely spoken native language in the world.