Hi there! My name's Dolphie and I'm a native Khmer speaker, originally from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
I've had experiences translating for different volunteer groups going to Cambodia, and have also had experience teaching some of them basic Khmer for the purposes of volunteering. I myself love learning new languages. So far, I've been able to pick up French and some Spanish, which means I understand the challenges of picking up one whose rules are similarly as complicated as Khmer. However, reading in Khmer can be even more challenging, especially for those whose language is drastically different, such as English. This language acquisition process is much easier with a tutors who are native speakers because they can demystify many of the language rules, and can teach you how to speak more naturally too! Picking up a language is not about pure memorisation, but more about practising conversation so that you are comfortable with the syntax, most useful vocabulary, and the intonations of the language. It will also help to build your confidence in speaking it. All this requires consistent practice, and at the end of the day, I hope to give you this practice, and to give you tips on how to sound more like a local too!
Reading Khmer can be slightly difficult at the start, and certainly spelling is always going to be a little confusing, even for natives like us! But again, that's what tutors like me are here for. I've had over three years of experience tutoring in other subjects and my students always tell me they feel very comfortable asking even the most stupid questions because I give them a safe space to do so. I think no matter how basic the questions, it is important to have an answer to them because that is how we learn best.
On top of all this, I hope to introduce you to Khmer culture from the perspective of someone who grew up with sort of a love-hate relationship with it, so you'll get to understand both sides of the coin!
Don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!
Not very easy, especially if you're a native English speaker. The sounds are very different, and the alphabets can be complicated.
Yes, as there are not many Cambodian speakers with whom you can practice what you've learnt, and also not many tutors.