The Lingo Xplorer 52 pocket translator helps English-speaking people communicate with Cambodian-speaking people. For each of its languages, it contains 20,000 words and 2,000 phrases.
Cambodian is the language of the Khmer people, who refer to it as Khmer. It is also the official language of Cambodia. Khmer is a member of the
Austroasiatic family of languages, and is the second most widely spoken of them (Vietnamese is number one). Due to geographical proximity, it shares some things with Vietnamese and Thai, though all three are separate languages.
The language is rather fluid, with dialects varying widely inside Cambodia. Most of these dialects are not tonal. Some common features among the dialects of Cambodian:
The verb doesn't inflect.
The stress is nearly always on the second syllable; its location doesn't confer meaning.
Like English, it follows a subject–verb–object word order.
If you're an American traveling to Cambodia, you will likely encounter some French speakers and maybe English speakers. If you do encounter English speakers,that doesn't mean easy communication. Some tips on speaking English in Cambodia (can also help in the USA!):
Clearly annunciate your ending consonants. Midwesterners in the USA tend not to do this.
Use short words. They are easier to understand.
Speak a bit more slowly than usual. Your Cambodian counterpart can probably understand your rapid speech, but the opposite may not be true. By speaking more slowly and deliberately, you help slow the other person down so you can understand.
If you don't quite understand, ask the other person to repeat. But don't shout. The problem isn't deafness, but a difference in articulation.
Use the correct date format. In the USA, many people use a date format that is unclear to the rest of the world. Rather than say "3-9-2014," say "09 MAR 2012" or "03 SEP 2012" depending on which date you actually mean.
Xplorer 52 Quick Look
The 52-Language Xplorer translates words in all directions for: AArabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laos, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Shanghai Hua, Singhalese, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese. It has foreign language characters; phonetics, voice output, over 1 million words and over 100,000 phrases.
The typical way it's used:
You look up a word or a phrase.
You use the phonetic results to pronounce the word or phrase to the other person
Alternatively, the other person can use the device to answer you. Remember, it translates in any direction. The controls are in English, so you may need to show the other person how to use it. This is pretty easy to do.
Translates Over 1 Million Words
100,000 Useful and Popular Phrases
New Oxford American Dictionary
8 Currency Conversions
8 Metric Conversions
Local Time 12/24 Hour Format
Voice / Memo Recorder
World Time in 360 Cities
8 Travel Games:
Soduko, Kakuro, Decoder, Mines, Number Slide,
Totem Pole, 24, Number Puzzle.