About Rita Sowunn When it comes to learning a language, it takes a lot of effort to accomplish it. Most people find it hard, including me. I've struggled both English and Cambodian throughout my years. Now that I have a basic grasp of it, I want to show everybody.
First of all, the language I am going to teach you is Khmer (which is the Cambodian language). Talking about Cambodian, I am Cambodian myself, born/living in the US. I grew up speaking my native language, until I entered my first year in school. Everybody spoke English in the class, except me. I would always get embarrassed and nervous because the students couldn't understand me. Whatever I said to them, they will hear it as, “Ching Chang Chong.” So, instead of hiding in the corner, I hid my insecurity and became more active in learning the English language. The teachers were impressed at how much I improved in three months.
Then later, during my 2nd year in middle school, my father decided to teach me how to read and write in Cambodian. Again, I was a fast learner. I knew how to read complicated text in books and magazines less than a year. Though, this isn't really surprising because I knew the language already. But it is quite rare to find a Cambodian-American teen who can speak, read, and write in the language. This is what upsets me, most of my Khmer friends can't understand a most daily-use words in Cambodian. So, it was kind of awkward speaking Khmer to them. Every time our parents meet, their parents would always praise me, and this would make my friends jealous...
Then one day, I met another Cambodian girl who didn't know how to speak. She visit Cambodia and loved it. She wondered if I do lessons. When she say that, a light bulb pop in my head. Why didn't I think of that? After that, I started to make PDF worksheets and I'm planning to post Youtube videos soon. So, follow me and I will keep you updated.. (I have to give credit on my Khmer friend for that idea)