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CAMBODIA: What sign languages are used in Cambodia?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Cambodia?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Cambodia?

There are an estimated 551,725 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Cambodia.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Cambodia?

  • Cambodian Sign Language (CBDSL)

  • American Sign Language (but modified to follow Khmer word order)

Written / spoken languages in Cambodia:

  • Khmer

  • Kuy

  • Por (Pear)

  • Somray

  • Chong

  • Suoy

  • Sa'och

  • Tampuan

  • Kaco'

  • Stieng

  • Mnong

  • Brao

  • Krung (Rade)

  • Sou (Laven)

  • Vietnamese


How do you say Cambodia in sign language?


Where can I learn Cambodian Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Cambodia?

Description: The Deaf Development Programme works with deaf people 16 years old and above. Its six projects include: basic education; job training; sign language interpreting; deaf community

Description: Works with disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Website links to an on-line dictionary for Cambodian Sign Language.

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Cambodia

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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