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Understanding Cambodia: Home
This guide provides useful information and links to resources on Cambodia.
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This video gives a brief introduction and the top things to do while you are in Cambodia.
Understand more about the cultural etiquette in Cambodia.
Cultural Dos and Don’ts
Cambodia has its own customs, traditions, and rules for manners. Observe the following etiquette for a great experience:
DO Greet Cambodian people by saying “Chum Reap Suor”, accompanied by a gesture of pressing their palms together in front of their face and slightly bowing forward, which is called ‘sampeah’.
DO Before entering a sacred place, such as a Buddhist pagoda or the Royal Palace, please remember to take off your shoes and your hat. Also please remember to be dressed in a clean and modest manner. Especially, women should wear a t-shirt or a blouse with short or long sleeves and a skirt or pants at least at knee-length.
DO When entering someone’s home, please remember to leave your shoes at the entrance. Although your Cambodian hosts will often insist that you keep them for your comfort, they will always appreciate your consideration for their home.
DO If you buy foods at a street cart or a stall in a market, please remember that the price is usually cheap. Please remember that Cambodia is still a developing country and the Cambodian people are just starting to be familiar with other cultures’ customs and expectations. So be patient when communicating and interacting with your Cambodian hosts.
DON'T touch or pat the head of people, even children. In the Cambodian and Buddhist culture, the head is the most sacred part of the body.
DON'T use your feet to point at someone or something, to get the attention of someone or to push an object to someone. As the feet are the lowest parts of the body.
DON'T Women are not allowed to touch a monk’s robe or his body. Buddhist monks are deeply revered and respected.
DON'T Cambodian society is relatively conservative and public displays of affection, such as kisses and hugs, are considered inappropriate and offensive behaviours.
Basic Conversational Language
Some phrases in Khmer that are handy to know when visiting Cambodia.
cham-moo-ey (What is your name?)
knyom-cham-moo ___ (My name is _____)
soks-a-bye (How are you and I am fine)
chom-reep-lear (Good bye)
Ar-koon (Thank you)
bah / chaa (Yes for male / female)
som-toe (Sorry / excuse me)
bow-man (How much?)
Lessons are broken down into bite-sized chunks and it feels like you’re playing a game. Duolingo is a great introduction, but it can feel like you’re learning a random mix of information, often through repetition. The more you do, the more robust your vocabulary will be.
The only way to become fluent in a new language is to speak it. Tandem is geared toward conversations with native speakers. The idea is that you can help one another learn new languages via text, audio, and video chat. The app vets you and then helps you to find a partner who shares your interests. They teach you and you teach them.
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Publication Date: 1983-07-06
Cambodia by Olaf UnteroberdoersterCambodia is poised to join a new generation of Asian frontier economies transitioning from low-income to emerging-market. But the path to greater and more shared prosperity requires a solid foundation of sound macroeconomic policies, enabling new growth drivers, tackling a highly dollarized and fragmented financial system, and creating more fiscal policy space to help meet Cambodia's vast development needs. This book first takes a closer look at the key economic challenges Cambodia faces at the current juncture, highlighting Cambodia's structural and financial constraints to growth as well as shifting vulnerabilities as Asia rebalances. It then lays out how a strategy of fiscal and financial sector policies, from creating a fairer and more buoyant tax system to modernizing financial instruments, markets and supervision, can help mobilize the resources and tools needed for one of Asia's youngest and fastest-growing populations to enjoy more self-sustaining and inclusive growth.
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Publication Date: 2014-02-27
Cambodia and the West, 1500-2000 by T. O. Smith (Editor)This volume brings together an interdisciplinary team of established and emerging scholars from the disciplines of history, political science and communication studies, to provide a historical reappraisal of Cambodia's relationships with the West. Contributors to the volume examine moments of historical import in Cambodia's history, from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century. These include Cambodia's first contacts with European mercantilism; the establishment of formal French colonialism and commercialism; British peace enforcement and diplomacy after the Second World War; independence, modernisation and the onset of the Cold War and the United Nations peace process; and the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal of more recent times. The result is a unique and significant new analysis of some of Cambodia's most controversial interactions with the West, demonstrating how far the West has shaped the development of Cambodia in the contemporary epoch.
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