Khmer language facts for kids
|Native to||Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, USA, France, Australia|
|Native speakers||16 million (2007)|
|Official language in||Cambodia|
Khmer has been influenced considerably by Sanskrit and Pali, especially in the royal and religious registers, through Hinduism and Buddhism. The vast majority of Khmer speakers speak Central Khmer, the dialect of the central plain where the Khmer are most heavily concentrated.
Khmer is written with the Khmer script, an abugida developed from the Pallava script of India before the 7th century when the first known inscription appeared. The Khmer script is based on an ancient Indian alphabet. It is written from left to right. There are 35 consonants, some of which are written under other consonants. Vowels are combined with the consonants.
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An example of modern Khmer script at the Cambodian Embassy in Berlin
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