4.5 Vowel Symbols​: ា​​/ ាំ/ោ/ៅ

Vowel Symbols with Phonetic Scripts:

The first two vowel symbols listed in Table 1 are placed in front of the consonants and the other two are placed around the consonants. Please also note that the consonant sounds always precede the vowel sound.

Use the audio and Table 1 below to learn how to pronounce the vowel symbols.

Table 1
No. Vowel Symbol Phonetic Script Rhymes With Example
1 ា (long sound) /aa/ far សារ (message)

កា​ (cup)

2 ាំ (long sound) /am/ jump ចាំ (to wait)

ខាំ (to bite)

3 ោ (long sound) /ao/ fowl ខោ (pants)

សោរ (key)

4 ៅ (short sound) /au/ out ឆៅ (uncooked)

ចៅ (grandson)

1. Listening


2. Writing

Download the worksheet below to practice writing vowels by following the directional arrows and then read each vowel out loud.

Worksheet 1

3. Reading and Speaking




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