In the globalised world, being able to communicate in more than one language is becoming essential for many people seeking rewarding careers. Young Cambodians have taken this message to heart and are learning new tongues to improve their chances of success both at home and abroad.
A Cambodian student holds a sheet containing the lyrics to the Loy Krathong song, which she is learning in her Thai language class.
“The seeds of foreign languages, especially English, were planted in Cambodia during the Untac mission back in the 1990s, when thousands of peacekeepers and personnel from around the world came in,” said Kay Kimsong, editor-in-chief of the Khmer edition of the Phnom Penh Post.
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