Week 2 Language of the Week: Khmer

Chum Reap Suor,

The Khmer language is the official language of Cambodia, where it is spoken by the majority of the population, an estimated 14,494,293 people.

Language of the week


A few facts about Cambodia:

  • Half of Cambodia’s current population is younger than 15 years old.
  • In Cambodia, the head is regarded as the highest part of the body and shouldn’t be touched even in the kindest manner.
  • The iconic ancient temple of Cambodia, the Angkor Wat,  has been one of the biggest cradles of civilization.  It was the largest pre-industrial city in the world with an urban sprawl of 1,150 square miles that probably supported up to a million people.


At Holy Family, we have about 60 students whose families speak Khmer at home.

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