Khmer love poem
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Khmer woman & language
The poem translated into Khmer (Cambodian), for the one, who will recognize herself among the 16 million speakers. This Cambodian likes more than all the words, and those she prefers to hear, say or read are: "បងស្រលាញ់អូន" I did not know how to make the Latin transliteration of this pretty Khmer alphabet, but you can do it, by listening to the voices that read this translation. This Khmer love poem is for the Mekong memory, just beside Phnom Penh's pagodas in Cambodia.
There are differences in this language, depending on the region, and outside of Cambodia. The Khmer is known for its lapidary inscriptions, the oldest dates back to the 7th century, and then by an important literature.
Khmer or Cambodian has social dialects, that is to say a special vocabulary borrowed from Sanskrit which is assigned to discourse especially for the bonzes or the royal person. There is a significant gap between spoken and written language. It was the language of the great Khmer empire from 10th to 14th centuries.
Khmer varieties are known in South Vietnam (South Khmer), and in North-East Thailand (North Khmer). Khmer script is one of the oldest in Southeast Asia, and its origin is the southern India. There are traces dating back more than 2 millennia that show the relations between India and this region. Ancient inscriptions in Sanskrit support this link. Inscriptions in Khmer will be found in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam, showing the extent of the territory occupied by the Khmer ethnic groups. A Chinese document talks about the marriage, of a local princess with an Indian prince, both would be the founders of the Khmer kingdom.