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1.  Word វត្ដ ( Buddha temple )

    Noun (វត្ដ ) is a mono syllable.  Consonant ( ) could take sub-consonants ( ្ដ  ) but it remains silent.  This word derive from Sankrit and the pronunciation of this word is display as shown in the table below.

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វត្ដ

វាត់

wo(et

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(វត្ដ ), (វាត់ )and (វ័ធ ) have the same pronunciation, but the different in spelling give different meaning.

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(វត្ដ ) means buddha temple

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(វាត់ ) means to hit or beat with a stick or to kick.

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(វ័ធ ) means to attack with hone of animals.

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2.  Word ទង់ជ័យ ( flag )

        Word (ទង់ជ័យ ) has two syllables.  Diacritic Sanyok Sanha (  ) is used in a certain loaned words from Pali or Sanskrit.  The syllable (ជ័យ ), the diacritic has the same value as vowel (- ) when it follow by consonant ( ).

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ទង់ជ័យ

ទង់ ជៃ

tuN- cay

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3.  Word ភូមិ (village)

    Word (ភូមិ ) is a mono syllable.  Vowel (  ) is not pronounced.

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ភូមិ

ភូម

phuum

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4. Word សំបុត្រ  ( letter )

    Noun (សំបុត្រ ) has two syllables.  Consonant ( ) could take sub-consonants (្រ  ) but it remains silent.  This word derive from Sankrit and the pronunciation of this word is display as shown in the table below.   

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សំបុត្រ

សំ បុត 

som bot

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5.  Word ជិះ ( to ride )

    The mono syllable word (ជិះ ) is a combination of consonant ( ) and diphthong vowel ( ិះ ).

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ជិះ

ជិះ

cih

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6.  Word មហាវិថី ( boulevard )

    All Khmer consonant, there is an inherent vowel.  The inherent vowel for the first series consonant is /AA/ and second series consonant is /OO/.   The first series consonant ( ) has an inherent vowel /OO/, therefore the pronunciation of this syllable is (mOO).

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មហាវិថី

ម ហា វិ ថី

mOO haa-withey

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bullet    The two syllables (មហា ) is known as prefix which means huge, a lot, supperior.

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