Irregular Vowels: ួ/ េ/ ឹ/ ៀ/ ឿ
Each vowel can have two sounds depending on the consonants used. However, there are five vowel symbols in Table 1 that are pronounced the same regardless of the series of the consonants.
Use the audio and Table 1 to learn how to pronounce the five vowel symbols.
|Vowel||With First Series Consonant||With Second Series Consonant|
|1. ួ (ua)||សួរ (to ask)||យួរ(to carry)|
|2. េ (ee)||ដេរ (to sew)||ភេ (otter)|
|3. ឹ (ə)||ដឹក (to transport)||ទឹក (water)|
|4. ៀ (ia)||បៀរ (beer)||កៀរ (to gather up)|
|5. ឿ (oeur)||តឿ (dwarf)||ជឿ (to believe)|
The Pronunciation of the First and Second Series Vowels
Each vowel is pronounced in two different ways. When combined with a first series consonant, it takes the first series value (in bold), and when combined with a second series consonant, it takes the second series value.
Use the audio and Table 2 below to learn the pronunciations of vowel sounds with the first and second series consonants.
Vowel Sounds with First and Second Series Consonants
|uu||គូ (to draw)|
|3.||ែ||ae||កែ (to correct)|
|6.||ាំ||am||ចាំ (to wait)|
|oam||រាំ (to dance)|
|7.||ោ||ao||កោ (to shave)|
|ouw||ទៅ (to go)|
|11.||ឺ||əə||ភឺ (to burp)|
|12.||េះ||eh||បេះ (to pick up fruit)|
|uah||គោះ (to knock)|
|14.||ំ||ɔm||ដំ (to pound)|
|15.||ុំ||om||សុំ (to ask for something)|
|16.||ះ||ah||សះ (to heal)|
|eah||ទះ (to slap)|
|17.||ុះ||oh||ដុះ (to grow)|
|uh||ពុះ (to be boiling of water)|
Record yourself pronouncing vowel sounds with first and second series consonants and then share it with your friends/teacher for further feedback.