Correct spelling of Porsenchey

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Correct spelling of Porsenchey

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Pretty straight forward. How do you spell Porsenchey? I'm asking because articles from the Post newspaper, the city hall website, the sign out in front of the district hall, google, and wikipedia ALL have different spelling. It's anywhere from 1 word (district hall sign) to 3 (city hall website). The first portion seems to be up for debate as well if it's Po, Pou, or Por. I'm putting together my CV and I'd rather it not be littered with typos if I can avoid it.
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There's no "correct" way, in the English language at any rate.

Porsenchey is fine.
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Have the government not got an official transliteration system for Cambodian? Most governments of countries with non-Latin alphabets have a standardised system for things like printing names in passports etc even when that system isn’t the most popular one out there. Seems like it’s something they should get onto.
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No. Wouldn't want to water down the culture with a more efficient character set.
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I don't know about the official roman spelling, but Porsenchey, Por Senchey, or Por Sen Chey, are all used in different news items. I presume that they are all recognised as Porsenchey and should pass on your CV.
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There is currently no standard system or Romanization of Khmer.

Even in Family Books and on National Photo ID cards you will find variations in spelling of the Family and Given Names.
Even official map editions will vary in their spelling of place names in English.

However, with the development of a national population data base and through the issue of passports etc, a de facto standardization is slowly coming. But it is more by default than by deliberate design. Also, the names used in the six digit geographic location/postal/ZIP Codes are tending to become the standard form of the name when expressed in English.

There may be a later edition of this listing but please see 1209XX in this listing - https://www.stat.go.jp/info/meetings/ca ... com_11.pdf

Personally, I do not see it as a critical issue. I have always used the more common of the English spelling and it works.

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When the other half got a passport a year ago it had a different English spelling of her family name from the one she’s been using since she was a kid
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On the gazetteer it is:

Pur SenChey Khan

http://db.ncdd.gov.kh/gazetteer/view/index.castle

This is the source I usually use
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Bluenose wrote: Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:47 am When the other half got a passport a year ago it had a different English spelling of her family name from the one she’s been using since she was a kid
That’s pretty common and is usually down to whoever registered the birth either writing it incorrectly or not checking.
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I’m in the process of learning Khmer. Glacial progress, so far. Especially with regards to reading Khmer script where there are no spaces between words, generally.

So it’s no surprise that-

ខណ្ឌពោធិ៍សែនជ័យ
Khanporsenchey

Might instead be interpreted to
Khan Por Sen Chey

The latinised spelling is an interpretation itself of some of the sounds, and some words with silent sounds and maybe even syllables

ខណ្ឌ Khan with a silent ឌ/d

ពោធិ៍ Por, but as I understand it, ពោ is more Puw with a silent consonant and vowel

សែន Sen

ជ័យ Chey



Recently, I’ve had to sort out a lease or two, and an online registration, where the locals and Cambodian government have variations of the same name on the same document. Especially odd with an online form to have such inconsistencies.

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The adding of spaces in the English text is clearly something that messes with the locals mind as much as the lack of spaces messes with mine. It confused the hell out of the passport process for the little fella.

Sorry to drag your thread off on a slight tangent. It’s quite an interesting learning process, but I wonder sometimes if it’s beyond my poor little brain. Once I started this, I found sympathy for some kids who, after 6-7 years of school, are able to read and write their own language.
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