Interview with Chhin Taingchhea

November 11, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

This is my full interview with Khmer mixed-media artist Chhin Taingchhea, where he describes some of his pieces at an art opening in Phnom Penh, October, 2007. See Extreme Khmer Episode 12 (coming in mid-November) for more. Also see

Duration : 0:9:18

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2002 SEASSI Khmer Class Performance of “Cyclo”

November 10, 2008 by · 14 Comments 

Every summer at the intensive language program where I teach Khmer, each language group performs a song, skit or dance for “culture night”. In 2002, the Khmer Program outdid everyone: we formed a rock group and did our own version of the 1960s Khmer psychedelic classic “Cyclo”…here it is. And yes, “Extreme Khmer” fans, that’s yours truly on lead guitar!

Duration : 0:4:29

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Cambodian books?

November 10, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

Does anyone know any good book to learn Khmer? I am already learning, but I want to learn more, faster. Any tips?,eshop,45,260,0,0,0.htm,eshop,45,333,0,0,0.htm

I would like to start a non-profit organization to help kids in Cambodia. Any idea?

November 10, 2008 by · 8 Comments 

I want kids in the countryside to get the opportunity to learn how to read and write and explore the modern world like the rest of the kids in America. I hope to find other Khmer from different part of the world to either go back home volunteer or donate money and help people in their home town or their parents home town. With our small population I believe it very possible to get Cambodia back on track in a shorter time frame then other courtries with larger population.

Contact Brad Pitt's wife. She should be able to help you.

A good online place to learn a language?

November 10, 2008 by · 6 Comments 

Not just any language, i want to learn Khmer (Cambodian language).

I've seen places with phrases but i want to learn it thoroughly.


While I am no expert (yet) on Khmer language, I hope I am qualified to (at the very least) share a few tidbits of what I have gleaned over the years!

I have been searching for a decent Khmer language course (online or otherwise) for nearly as long as my husband and I have been together- 17 years! Unfortunately, the world just isn't overflowing with places to learn Khmer. That being said, you can get a pretty good start online.

To my knowledge, the best place to find decent instruction on the web is a site called SEAsite- (stands for Southeast Asian Site) and is run out of Northern Illinois University. The site has tons of information and practice exercises as well as an abundance of fun and interesting language, political, musical etc.. links.

One other site I have also found helpful is called AK-Online (Authentic Khmer Online) It is put together nicely and has lots of info for one smallish site. The links for these two resources are below. ..

Additionally, (and sadly I cannot locate the address now, ) there IS (floating around out there somewhere in cyberspace) an AMAZING free .pdf copy of Franklin Huffman's "Cambodian System fo Writing and Beginning Grammar" which is THE premier collegiate course for Khmer–It is fully printable and yields a hefty 150 page book for your studies–

Good luck in your endeavor– Khmer is such a beautiful, poetic language–

And one more thing… if you are inclined to cook, I can't help but put in a plug for my very favorite Khmer cooking site: … This beautiful site is a fantastic resource hosted by an extremely devoted woman…. The food is superb, as are the history lessons and anecdotes!

on to the links!!!

Once again- Congratulations and good luck!!

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