Khmer (Cambodian) Language Classes | 6-week progressive programs

Chan, M. (Instructor)
Chan, M. has Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, and Master of Management, Human Services and Public Policy degrees from Brandeis University. He has taught, translated and interpreted the Khmer language for a number of years for various businesses and institutions. Mr Chan has also facilitated and expedited intercultural communication including liaising role between UN agency and community groups in Cambodia.  Mr Chan has worked at Cambodian Genocide Project (CGP) at Yale. While working on the CGP, he aided Yale professor Abigail Kuan, acting a primary language consultant in field method on Khmer linguistic structure.

Khmer classes meet once per week for a 2.5-hour lesson. At each level, the program length is 6 weeks. We offer levels 1 to 6 and beyond.

HIGHLIGHTS: Experienced and qualified teachers, structured teaching, communicative approach, and measurable results.

TEXTBOOK: Colloquial Cambodian. The textbook is not included in the price.

Some of the topics covered in the first two levels:
  •  complete Khmer syllabary

  • proper pronunciation

  • grammar - demonstratives, honorifics, the humble form, pronouns, interrogatives, negation, descriptive verbs action verbs, plural markers, irregular verbs, and conjunctions.

  • time, date and numbers

  • make requests, ask for assistance and discuss daily activities

  • the polite informal style

  • present, past formal tenses, future tense markers

  • simple conversations about everyday activities

While we strictly use the prescribed textbook throughout the course, the lesson plans exhibit teacher’s experience and the adaptability skills in view of the classroom's changing needs.  We believe that using a textbook yields the best results for beginner and intermediate students. Therefore, it’s advisable to buy the prescribed textbook(s). They also provide explanatory information that may be useful for a questioning adult student and for homework.


  •  April-June Session ( begins week of April 24, ends week of June 1)
  • Registration deadline: April 10
  • Other sessions

Mondays, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm