Khmer or Cambodian


#1

I want to ask. Khmer is the Cambodian people’s real name, right? For a long time I couldn’t distinguish the difference. Cambodia appears to be man-made. This stuff is also true for other countries in the world.


#2

I really dont understand your question but what I’ve learn is that Khmer is our language and Cambodian is our nationality.


#3

Cambodian (Kampuchean) is to Filipino as Khmer (kamai) is to Pinoy. The shortened ethnic versions are long-evolved abbreviations.

English drags it back out, in both nationalities’ cases.


#4

Khmer is the people, the country, and language. Cambodia is a Western version of Kampuchea and the same goes for Cambodian. There’s no such thing as Kamai, that’s a made-up word/spelling by Khmer American who doesn’t know how to spell or trying to spell it phonetically for non-speakers.


#5

If this was an answering game, I would say Iammai has the best answer.


#6

Wonder what do Thais traditionally call Khmers… (kon) KHMEN?


#7

Just like you have stated, Tai call us Khmen, Kampucha, or Kamer. Depending what area they’re from and if they speak surin or not.