The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by Multipox » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:11 pm

sklmeera wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
This is great news for Khymer people . Their country will have money and resources poured into it by a world superpower . Poverty will become a thing of the past . The people can learn a new culture . Chinese language teachers will have lots of jobs . Difficult to think of any downsides to this unless you are a native English teacher because their jobs are going to dry up very soon .
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by Multipox » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:13 pm

fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am
.... Hey, did you ever wonder what the "Siem" in "Siem Reap" stands for? ....


Means Siam ie Thailand. Name celebrates beating Thailand in a past war.
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by that genius » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:21 pm

sklmeera wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
This is great news for Khymer people . Their country will have money and resources poured into it by a world superpower . Poverty will become a thing of the past . The people can learn a new culture . Chinese language teachers will have lots of jobs . Difficult to think of any downsides to this unless you are a native English teacher because their jobs are going to dry up very soon .
To put it politely, no.

One can learn to read, write and speak English in a few months. To attain the same level in Chinese? 5 years. And you are not taking into account the fact that most Khmers AND Chinese want to learn English. Travel anywhere in the world and if your conversation partner and you are Italian and Chinese, guess which language you're going to try to communicate in? It's not going to change soon.
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by fax » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:23 pm

Multipox wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:13 pm
fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am
.... Hey, did you ever wonder what the "Siem" in "Siem Reap" stands for? ....


Means Siam ie Thailand. Name celebrates beating Thailand in a past war.
Yes, “Reap” for flat, as in the Siam was flattened. The Thais don’t like it and call Khmer people “khmen”, stinky.

I wasn’t asking for answers, just rhetorically. The point was that bloke should read more. The whole region has been influenced by China for ages.
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by clutchcargo » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:37 pm

sklmeera wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
This is great news for Khymer people . Their country will have money and resources poured into it by a world superpower . Poverty will become a thing of the past . The people can learn a new culture . Chinese language teachers will have lots of jobs . Difficult to think of any downsides to this unless you are a native English teacher because their jobs are going to dry up very soon .
Was I the only one that saw the sarcasm in this post?
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by Jamie_Lambo » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:00 pm

fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:23 pm
Multipox wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:13 pm
fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am
.... Hey, did you ever wonder what the "Siem" in "Siem Reap" stands for? ....


Means Siam ie Thailand. Name celebrates beating Thailand in a past war.
Yes, “Reap” for flat, as in the Siam was flattened. The Thais don’t like it and call Khmer people “khmen”, stinky.

I wasn’t asking for answers, just rhetorically. The point was that bloke should read more. The whole region has been influenced by China for ages.
Does Khmen really mean "Stinky" in Thai?! :O
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by Username Taken » Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:10 pm

Jamie_Lambo wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:00 pm
fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:23 pm
Multipox wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:13 pm
fax wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:19 am
.... Hey, did you ever wonder what the "Siem" in "Siem Reap" stands for? ....


Means Siam ie Thailand. Name celebrates beating Thailand in a past war.
Yes, “Reap” for flat, as in the Siam was flattened. The Thais don’t like it and call Khmer people “khmen”, stinky.

I wasn’t asking for answers, just rhetorically. The point was that bloke should read more. The whole region has been influenced by China for ages.
Does Khmen really mean "Stinky" in Thai?! :O
No it does not.

The Thai word for Khmer is เขมร. You will notice that there is a ร at the end of that word. It is the same as the ror in Khmer language, except that in the Thai pronunciation system when a word ends with ร it takes the sound of an 'n' or น. So it is pronounced Khmen, even though it is spelt Khmer.

Stinky or smelly is เหม็น, which does happen to be pronounced 'men'.

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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by taabarang » Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:45 pm

:please:
sklmeera wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
This is great news for Khymer people . Their country will have money and resources poured into it by a world superpower . Poverty will become a thing of the past . The people can learn a new culture . Chinese language teachers will have lots of jobs . Difficult to think of any downsides to this unless you are a native English teacher because their jobs are going to dry up very soon .
There is so much ignorance and lack of research in this post that one suspects Honey 69 is alive and well again.

First there are many Chinese schools in Cambodia and hence teaching positions. Secondly there is a lot.of wealth already in Cambodia although distribution thereof is another issue. It will come as a great surprise to many Chinese to learn that poverty has been illiminated in their own country. And as for Cambodians learning a new culture it really isn't all that new, many. Chinese fled bad governance of their former homeland and brought their culture with them while successfully integrating into a new culture. Cambodians call them "Jen kaet Khmer
And further down another poster referred to Cambodia as " the backyard of China.". I suggest that poster take a good look around all of SE Asia. They have settled in many countries to flee the poverty and oppression of their homeland. They didn't entertain the notion that building casinos enriched the quality of life, but found a richness of life quality without turning their backs on their former culture nor rejecting the new one. As an addendum I suspect all long term expats enshrine both cultures in their hearts without turning a blind eye toward the shortcomings of either one.
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by Artful Dodger » Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:53 pm

that genius wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:28 am
Artful Dodger wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:32 pm
Given that the "Big Man" lives most of each year in his large villa outside Beijing, this is no surprise at all.
Is this fact or pure speculation?
For the life of me, I can not find a single on-line reference to HS villa in China. I have read about it several times in printed media.
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Re: The future of Cambodia looks increasingly Chinese

Post by AndyKK » Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:37 pm

that genius wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:21 pm
sklmeera wrote:
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:17 am
This is great news for Khymer people . Their country will have money and resources poured into it by a world superpower . Poverty will become a thing of the past . The people can learn a new culture . Chinese language teachers will have lots of jobs . Difficult to think of any downsides to this unless you are a native English teacher because their jobs are going to dry up very soon .
To put it politely, no.

One can learn to read, write and speak English in a few months. To attain the same level in Chinese? 5 years. And you are not taking into account the fact that most Khmers AND Chinese want to learn English. Travel anywhere in the world and if your conversation partner and you are Italian and Chinese, guess which language you're going to try to communicate in? It's not going to change soon.
Some International schools now looking to employ Chinese English teachers, and also teach their language, at salaries low, has Philopenas teaching.
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