Cambodian for Beginners App – for Apple iOS iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Price: $19.99

The best guide to learning beginning Khmer is now an Apple iOS Smartphone app. Learn to speak Cambodian from Paiboon Publishing, the most trusted name in language learning materials.

This support page provides an introduction to the app, demonstrates how it works, an explanation of the Cambodian language and a link to our Guide to Pronunciation.

1) Advantages of Cambodian for Beginners App

  • Hearing the spoken Cambodian will help you increase the speed of learning the language that no book alone can do.
  • Paiboon’s system of transliteration shows you how the Cambodian words are pronounced using English letters so you don’t have to be able to read the Cambodian script.
  • Follows a clear step-by-step instruction, which builds on what has previously been learned.
  • Test your ability to hear and understand Cambodian with the built-in interactive exercises.
  • This app allows you to learn Cambodian to a great degree before you exhaust its usefulness, since it even teaches how to read the Cambodian script. Money well spent.
  • You’ll find many new opportunities to practice your Cambodian since your Apple iOS device will be with you all the time.

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2) Introduction to the Cambodian for Beginners App

Cambodian for Beginners app is designed for people who are just starting to study the Cambodian language and for those who want to improve their basic Cambodian. It teaches the language skills of speaking, listening and reading.

Each of the ten lessons provides vocabulary and sentences and an in-depth study of a specific subject. Information is also provided on Useful Words and Phrases and a Summary of the Cambodian Writing System.

Every item is presented in three ways: the Cambodian spelling, a transliteration and a definition in English. In addition, a native Cambodian speaker says the word, or phrase so you can hear the actual, correct pronunciation.

The transliteration system assists you with pronunciation while you are learning the Cambodian alphabet. It’s important that you learn to properly pronounce the sounds of the Cambodian language.

This app is based on Paiboon Publishing’s Cambodian for Beginners book, which provides additional exercises and an excellent guide to writing Cambodian. It is highly recommended that you get a copy of the book to supplement your study with this app. You don’t need to buy the audio CDs since you have all the spoken Cambodian phrases right here on your app.

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3) Key Features

  • This app teaches you the language skills of speaking, listening and reading Cambodian.
  • The lessons follow the format of the Cambodian for Beginners book, but a real Cambodian person speaks the words and phrases.
  • Hear a phrase over and over until you can say it correctly. Just click on it.
  • Test your ability to hear and understand Cambodian with the built-in interactive exercises. You can retake the exercises after studying and improve your score.
  • An advanced level feature allows you to turn off the automatic spoken word so you can test your ability to read the Cambodian script.

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4) Table of Contents

Pages 1 and 2 show the ten lessons in the Table of Contents for the app. In addition, the app has Useful Words and Phrases and information on the Cambodian Writing System.

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Page 2

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5) How it Works

Each lesson introduces new vocabulary, plus a list of sentences using all of the new vocabulary words. You listen to the native Cambodian speaker pronounce each word or phrase until you can speak it correctly. Lessons specialize on particular items such as, days of the week, telling time, numbers, food, parts of the body, occupations, animals and more.

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6) How to learn a Lesson and take the Exercises

iPhone and iPod Touch users start at Step 1.
iPad users start at Step 5.

Step 1 – Select your lesson first. When the application is started you will be presented with the table of content screen as shown in Figure 1 below.

Step 2 – Click on any Lesson in the table of contents and you will be taken to that lesson page. See Figure 2.

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Step 3 – Pick the section of the lesson that you want to review and it will be highlighted in blue. Select vocabulary, numbers or sentences.

Step 4 – Select Preview (Figure 3), then our example shows we have selected Lesson 1, Vocabulary to learn. See Figure 4.

The list of items shows first the Cambodian script, then the transliteration of the word or phrase, and the third line is the English translation. Select the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Cambodian speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item over and over until you can say it correctly.

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How to take an exercise

To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson you want and then which section you want to test. In our example we have selected Lesson 1, “Vocabulary” section. Figure 5 shows the selection page for “Exercise.” Figure 6 shows your choice of Reading and Listening while you test yourself, or do you want to Read only?

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Once you start the exercise you will be presented with one word or phrase with a multiple choice of answers. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item.

The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you are finished. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over again and score a different number.

How to get started with the iPad app

Step 5 – Figure 7 is the opening screen for the iPad in landscape mode.

The lessons are shown on the left side. Select any lesson and the content for that lesson will be shown on the right side. In figure 7 you see the contents of the “Introduction” lesson.

Figure 7

Step 6 – Selecting the “I” symbol will allow you to learn the lesson. To start a test session select “Reading and Listening” or “Reading.” To return to the main menu select the “Lessons” button at the top of the screen.

How to learn a lesson on an iPad

Step 7 – If you selected the “I” image you would see something like Figure 8, which shows lesson 9 “Sentences.”

The list of items shows first the Cambodian script, then the transliteration of the word or phrase, and the third line is the English translation. Select the speaker button next to the word or phrase you want to hear and the native Cambodian speaker will pronounce it correctly for you. You can hear the item over and over until you can say it correctly.

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How the exercises work on the iPad

Step 8 – To test yourself on any lesson, select the lesson and then which section you want to test. In our example we have selected Lesson 9, “Sentences” section. Figure 9 shows the selection page for “Reading and Listening.” Tap the speaker icon and the word or sentence will be spoken. You need to select the correct response in the list of answers to proceed to the next item. Keep track of the item you are on with the numbers in the upper right hand of the screen. You can make the lesson harder by choosing “reading” which will not play the sound.

The app will keep track of your answers and provide you with your score when you are finished. Your score will remain showing until you retake the entire test over again and score a different number.

The “arrow button” at the bottom of the screen allows you to start the test over again. If you want to stop the test but return to the question you are currently on, select “Save and Close.” The next time you take the test you will start where you left off.

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7) Cambodian Language Differences from English

The Cambodian language differs from English in many ways. Here are the basics:

  • Adjectives follow noun – In Cambodian we say “dog big” (chgae tom) instead of “big dog.”
  • There are no verb conjugations in Cambodian. Even though there are official ways to classify tenses, they are not commonly used in practice. Tenses are understood from the context of the sentence or from other identifying words that indicate time.
  • There are no articles (a, an, the)
  • There is no “to be” verb used with adjectives. “He is skinny” would be “He skinny.” (goat sgoom)
  • Written Cambodian is almost 100 percent phonetic.

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8) Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation

Paiboon Publishing’s Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation can be downloaded in PDF format ( Download Here ). It explains the structure of the Cambodian language and a description of the Paiboon system of transliteration used in the app to show how to pronounce Cambodian words using the English alphabet.

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9) Privacy Policy

Our Cambodian for Beginners app for Apple iOS does not collect any of your personal information. We do not have access to any of your personal information and therefore cannot and do not share it with any other entity. The only data that we store within the app is your exercise scores.

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10) Get Info

You can access the “Get Info” on your iPhone when you are within the Cambodian for Beginner app at the table of contents page. Select the small circle at the bottom of your screen and you will see the version of the software app and the link to this Support page and the Guide to Cambodian Pronunciation.

On your iPad the “Get Info” is located at the bottom of the table of contents, “About Cambodian for Beginners.”

For all your iOS devices to return to the app once you have seen this Support page press the “Home” button twice add then select the Cambodian for Beginners icon at the bottom of your device.

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