Google translate supports Khmer now

Google translate in KhmerThis is definitely a good news for the reduction of the digital gap in Cambodia: the Google Translate, has released the Khmer translation option that would make the Cambodian language accessible to  65 other global language. It is good to congratulate all persons and organizations working to make computers and Internet accessible to Cambodians in their own language, as well as Khmer language, the main modern branch of the Mon-Khmer linguistic family and a relative to Sanskrit and Pali accessible to the international community. It will be a benefit to students, teachers, journalists, economist, officials and everybody involved in the digital development of Cambodia. 

Although Google Translate is one of the most popular tools, there are other softwares on the run such as the online English-Khmer Dictionary, but with the Google tool, you can translate from Polish to Khmer directly or read a Khmer online newspaper in Italian.

The Internet Cambodian revolution is marked by the development of the Khmer Unicode under the care of Open Institute and the leadership of Dr. Norbert Klein, current Immediate Past President of the Cambodian Chapter of the Internet Society. In an informal talk with Dr. Klein early March, he told me how difficult was to introduce Khmer Unicode even with official departments, until it was widely used and appreciated. Surely the support of companies like Google and the development of the Khmer Wikipedia, a project where I have been working with my students since 2006, has contributed to the development of a Khmer Internet to the benefit of not only those inside Cambodia, but Khmer readers around the planet.

The Google press release says:

‘What better way to start Cambodian new year than with the addition of the Khmer language to Google Translate as our 66th supported language. We hope that this will help open up the web to Khmer speakers and likewise make Khmer content more accessible to the rest of the world.’

In fact it will help us all very much and we hope that more Cambodians can profit of education, information and good entertainment online, especially if we can see the increase of a qualified content in the Khmer language.

Google says also that Khmer now meets their standards to be launched with alpha status, that means it is an early version of the translation system that will be usable in many situations, but may not be adequate for all. It has also the virtual keyboard in case you want to type in Khmer but do not have Khmer keyboard handy and the ability to read Khmer text phonetically for users who don’t read Khmer alphabet.

‘Khmer is a challenging language for translation systems for two reasons: There isn’t a lot of Khmer data on the web and words are not usually separated by spaces; so in addition to teaching our translation system a new language, it also has to learn how to separate words (what we call segmentation)’ said Google.

រីករាយជាមួយ(Google Translate) ជាភាសាខ្មែរ។
Google Translate

Google’s free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. This translator supports: English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Estonian, Filipino, F… Khmer !!!

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (

12 responses to “Google translate supports Khmer now”

  1. Brian Brennan says :

    Good to see Google translator supports Khmer.It would be very useful to have speech output in Khmer available. The same translator used on iPhone does have speech output but the Android does not.

  2. Anonymous says :

    good idea sister

  3. Anonymous says :

    How old is Peter

  4. Anonymous says :

    thank u that u make Google translate make me easy .

  5. ហែម​ សុខជា says :

    It disappointed some people, but not me. It is the first step and I am looking forward to its improvement.

  6. Raksmey chhuon says :

    Dear sir/ madam . I need you help me to translate this page for homepage this web side.

  7. Arun says :

    Very much appreciated for google’s developers who have tried to include my language, Khmer for all Cambodians benefits!

  8. Sam Ban says :

    All the people like language to relation with foreign to the share the culture us.

  9. duchchanthou says :

    So interest and take it easy with Google translate supports Khmer and easy for people in Cambodia, Students that they not sure about English language so they can use it for help them for to do anything that they don’t understand in English. I wish the Google translate supports Khmer well improve everything when have one’s use it!!!

    • Sem Chi says :

      Google is the way to for people in over the World doing research document ,and learning new word from google and take note to funded solution all. When we help a matter about something such as English word and can research on internet.

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