Cambodia language

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The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia, whose capital is Phnom Penh. It has a population of more than 16 million inhabitants (70º), and an extension of 181,035 km 2 (88º). Its human development index is medium (146º) and its official currency is the Cambodian riel. But what language is spoken in Cambodia?

What language do they speak in Cambodia?

Cambodia has one official language, Cambodian (also known as Khmer).

As for foreign languages, French had always dominated this section until 1993, when the use of English began to grow, replacing French as the main foreign language.

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There are half a million Mandarin Chinese speakers. Other immigrant minority languages ​​are Cantonese Chinese, Vietnamese, Cham, Lao, Tampuan and Jarai.

Cambodian language

Cambodian or Khmer (ភាសាខ្មែរ) is spoken by almost the entire population. Unlike neighboring languages, Cambodian is not a tonal language. In addition, it has the longest alphabet in the world (it has 72 letters, 32 of them are vowels). It is used in all areas (administration, schools, media…).

The English language

English (English) is spoken by 24.8 % of Cambodians. It has been gaining popularity in recent decades, to the point that it is taught in different universities, and there are newspapers in this language. Road signs are in English (along with Cambodian). Also, English has replaced French on stamps and coins.

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The French language

French (français) is spoken by 3% of the population. Most of its speakers are elderly people, since the country was part of colonial French Indochina. It is also used as a medium of instruction in some schools and universities that are funded by the French government. There are also newspapers and TV channels available in French. Cambodian French is sometimes used by the government, especially in court proceedings.

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