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The Khmer (Cambodian)
Language Program
at the University of Hawai‘i

About the Program
  About the Language
The coursework in Khmer (Cambodian) at the University of Hawai'i (UH) is offered by the Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures. It includes four levels of study (see below). Courses on other aspects of Cambodia (such as history, anthropology, archeology, art, art history, historic preservation, economics, environmental studies, peace studies, business, and Asian Studies) are offered by experts on the staff of other UH departments. Khmer is the official language of Cambodia and one of the major languages of Southeast Asia. It is spoken by eleven million people in Cambodia and nearly three million more outside Cambodia. It belongs to a family of languages widely distributed in southern Asia and is the idiom of one of the earliest of the great nation-states in the region. As such it is the vehicle of sophisticated forms of architecture, the plastic arts, music, dance, literature and statecraft which are transmitted to Cambodia's neighbors and which are still admired today. The writing system it employs is a member of the Indic script family, which spread from India into Inner Asia and all of Southeast Asia except Vietnam. Khmer is a non-tonal but has vowel distinctions not found in English; its grammar is uncomplicated, with neither verb conjugations nor noun declensions, and is not unlike that of English.

Fulfilling the Language requirement and the Certificate in Khmer
Introductory and intermediate coursework in Khmer may be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for all bachelor's degrees on the Manoa campus. Upon completing 15 credit-hours beyond the intermediate level with a 3.0 GPA in his/her coursework, the student may apply for a Certificate in Khmer.

  List of Khmer Courses and Descriptions  
  How to Register  
Spring classesSummer ClassesFall ClassesOnline Courses

Department of Indo-Pacific Languages and Literatures, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry
Associate Professor
Coordinator of the Khmer Language Program
Phone: (808) 956 8070     Fax: (808) 956 5978     Email: sak@hawaii.edu

by Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry

Communicating in Khmer: Cambodian Folktales of the Hare.

Textbook & CD-Rom.
[More info]

Communicating in Khmer: Conversation for beginners.

Textbook & CD-Rom.
[More info]

Let's Learn Cambodian: First Year Khmer for Children K-6.

Textbook & CD-Rom.
[More info]

Communicating in Khmer: Reading and Writing Khmer for beginners.

Textbook & CD-Rom.
[More info]

Communicating in Khmer: An Interactive intermediate Level Khmer Course.
Textbooks 1 & 2 and CD-Roms 1 & 2.

[More info]

Communicating in Khmer: Third Year Khmer.

Textbooks 1 & 2 and CD-Roms 1 & 2.

[More info]

Click here for more Khmer materials by Dr. Chhany Sak-Humphry.
Southeast Asian Literature in Transition Class Materials
by various authors

Southeast Asian Literature in Translation Class Materials (IP 361). DVDs & books.
[More info]

Dictionary Materials
[More info]
Khmer Language
Teaching Materials

[More info]
Khmer Unicode, Fonts,
and Dictionary
[More info]
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Summer Abroad Program:
  Khmer Language & Culture  

      The Intensive Abroad Program: Khmer Language and Culture is an intensive six-week training in Khmer language and culture held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. It is administered by the Khmer Language Program at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and in collaboration with the Royal University of Phnom-Penh, Cambodia.
      This program aims to fill in a void in the academic community by providing intermediate and advanced level students a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire the linguistic foundation necessary to engage in academic research, professional discourse, and cultural interaction with all segments of Cambodian society.
     The Summer Abroad Program will increase the number of linguistically competent Khmer speaking professionals across the United States and internationally. The program will also promote scholarly cooperation and cultural and socio-economic understanding between Cambodia and the U.S.A. [More info]


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