Khmenglish / ឃ្មីងលីស



Definitive Dictionary to understanding English usage in Cambodia

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Over 5 million tourists per year visit  Cambodia, mostly to Ankor Wat, be one of the smart ones – use this app! This language guide is designed to enlighten, keep you out of trouble, or better yet save you from embarrassment. The app is lightweight and does not require WiFi to function – so matter where you are, Angkor Wat to Koh Rong, Phnom Penh to Sihanouk Ville, this guide will be with you. Curious? You can take one of our  free 5 question quizzes (quiz #1 ,  quiz #2) to see if this Khmenglish Language Guide is for you.


A free Android  App authored by small group ex-pats with over three decades of experience in Cambodia. This is the definitive cynical guide to Khmenglish– English how it is spoken and what it means in Cambodia. If you are a first time visitor, you will hit the ground running with important knowledge about modern post Pol Pot life in the Kingdom of Wonder. If you are an ex-pat that has survived there, you will fall off your bar stool in laughter on how accurately this explains WTF is really going on in this third world gem of a country. In the sarcastic spirit of the Devil’s Dictionary, understand how English really is used  and the reality of  life in Cambodia.

Over 400 terms wisely defined in this Lite Edition. The Khmenglish Lite trial version is absolutely free for one hundred days. In addition, it does not request any permissions from your smartphones and functions without a data/WiFi connection saving battery and no expensive data charges. Please note: You will have to enable app installs from unknown sources.  Navigate to Settings > Security, check the option “Unknown sources”. Since the app requires no permissions from your phone to access information or Internet, it is completely safe. Khmenglish Lite works on older android smartphone, starting with operating system version 2.3 & up. It has been tested to work from Android OS’s Gingerbread to Marshmallow. For entertainment use only. Please note: The app is not politically correct (1).

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KHMENGLISH PRO EDITION – This is the upgrade version, never expires and contains illustrations  for many terms. Plus the updates will have terms submitted by users & App authors. Get it on Google Play Store or Amazon.

Annual statistics – Tourists Cambodia

Year Tourism Arrivals changes
2015 4,775,231 6.1%
2014 4,502,775 7.0%
2013 4,210,165 17.5%
2012 3,584,307 24.4%


(1) Politically correct as defined by U.S. President Harry S. Turman: “Political Correctness is a doctrine, recently fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and promoted by a sick mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a piece of shit by clean end!”