I’m Having Khmer Language Classes!

Khmer Language, Living in Phnom Penh / Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Reason why I’m usually absent from my daily coffee haunts, Twitter convos and blogging: Khmer language classes! I finally took the plunge and the time out to do some serious Khmer language learning. I know a couple of my friends tell me wow, finally. Hahaha. I know I should have done this a couple of years ago, but I was really thinking Khmer was a difficult language to learn, and what I needed to learn Hi-ace can teach me.

The problem with hubby teaching me is that we only get to do some serious learning on the first day and then we revert to our usual habit of talking to each other in English. It’s a hard habit to break and it really got in the way of me learning the language.

So when a friend told us that Khmer classes for foreigners at Institute of Foreign Language were accepting students for this term, I signed up.

I’m pretty much amazed that there are lots of foreigners learning to read/write/speak the Cambodian language. And contrary to my previous expectations that I would have a really hard time to learn it, well, I’m surprisingly learning it well and at a steady pace. And to think I don’t really have that much aptitude for languages!

IFL’s Khmer for Foreigners teaches both reading/writing as well as spoken Khmer, but level 1 focuses more on reading and writing. And if you ask me, I find it particularly better to learn all at the same time, instead of learning speaking first then reading and writing later. And I find writing Khmer scripts so so awesome. They have really beautiful and ornate characters.

Khmer writing
…my ‘beginner’ Khmer writing..

Now I’ve something to look forward to everyday, something new. Learning the language means I can get a lot more closer to the Cambodian experience and the thought that I’ll be able to converse in Khmer and I can bargain like a local just makes me happy. Hahaha. And also, I’m making a dream come true: learn a 3rd language before I turn 35. Yay for me!!!

2 Replies to “I’m Having Khmer Language Classes!”

  1. I really loved reading your blog. It was very well authored and easy to understand. Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really not tht good.

  2. I’ve thought about learning some Khmer before heading to Cambodia but found it hard to find good resources – I’ve used Rosetta stone for other languages before but they don’t have a pack for Khmer (at least not yet)

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