Southeast Asia Report 26: Teachers in Phnom Penh

November 21, 2007 Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

I was talking to an English teacher on the first floor of the school building founded by Second Hand, Japan. He was the almost same age as me and a PhD student as well.
“Japanese people don’t need to speak English to live but we do need it. I’m pretty sure the ability to use the language is more and more important to get jobs here in the future. So I like to teach it to kids.” When he talked to pupils, he spoke in English and they tried to answer it in English even though they were about 10 years.
“I think Japanese love Cambodia’s great scenery, lots of greens.” “But Cambodian really want industrialised societies with huge buildings, which your country has”
“Shall we share both?”
Drinks 1000riel
Beer 6000riel
Internet 2000riel
Guest house 6US$
Telephone 600riel
Breakfast & Dinner 9500riel
Total 13$

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