Wednesday, 27 January 2010
I played the student a recording of Chapter 1 and asked how many understood. No hands came up at first and I was starting to stress a little. After playing the chapter 4 times the look of comprehension started to appear on the faces of some. It took a few lessons until the students could understand the sentences and say the words correctly...well, almost. Khmer people find it impossible to say 'th'. Maybe some of the Wellspringlings can remember how Abe said 'fai' instead of 'faith', conveniently cutting off the 'th' sound at the end of it. However, some in the class have mastered it – albeit with much mouth wrenching and flying spittle.
Recently I have only helped out, within the curriculum, with the pronunciation of new words. I have the students split the words they find difficult to say into manageable chunks. I had much fun with the word 'Arsenal'.
So that is it I think. Still haven't been on my second trip to Oddar Meachey province because Abe's 4WD is getting a new engine. He said maybe tomorrow we'll go. Like yesterday and everyday for the last 2 weeks :P. The poor guy is actually getting quite upset about it. He seems a little worn out. Please pray for him!
So...I'm proud to say that in at least one village in Cambodia there won't be American pronunciation.
It is a very rewarding experience to have someone comprehend something you teach them. Even when it is something simple. Try it sometime.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Travelling – I have spent a considerable amount of time travelling around Cambodia already. I did a massive road trip with Abraham earlier in December. We went to Oddar Meanchey province in the north of the country. This was an amazing experience for me because I got to see real rural Cambodia. I witnessed the three governors of Oddar Meanchey province sign over a 7 hectare piece of land for free to Abraham to start a school and a church. It was really encouraging to see the grass root beginnings of a faith based project in such a rural area. He did not have any money to start building at all but he told the governors that his God will supply. Sure enough about a week later he has a pledge for 9000. 2000 of that has already come in. However, there is no water in the village where he wants to build. So there is a need for wells and they cost 600 a pop. I will write more on this after I come back from my second visit to the place. I also spent some time on the coast in Sinahoukville with some people I met at church. This was really nice. I went on a dive trip to a tropical island called Koh Rung. The part of the island we were on was so secluded that most of the time the beach was completely empty. Diving I saw a sea turtle and hundreds of sea urchins.
Hanging in the city – I've had quite a few Khmer language lessons from a guy called Chantea. He is really good and I am picking up quite a lot. However my motivation to study is not that great because I am leaving so soon :P. The missionary family I am staying at is starting an English language school so I have helped out a bit in preparing the building i.e. scraping paint. I've spent a considerable time in the markets and in various internet cafes around the place. It is not overly hard to keep yourself busy if you have free time.
Anyway, that is about it. Sorry for he late blog update. I hope everyone is well.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
How to describe this place? In less than 5 words I think it would have to be: 'CRAZY!' . It is just so different here. I'll give a couple of first impressions:
The People – Unfortunately I have not had plenty of contact with Khmer people so far. I will be going to Andong village (a slum village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh) today though. Most contact I have had with Khmers so far is just in the market where they are trying to rip me off by asking double the price of everything. You learn to bargain pretty fast, they expect you to. They are also very friendly and smile a lot.
The Traffic – The traffic here is like some form of bug colony. There are the big cars which can basically push their way in wherever, like big bugs. Then you have thousands of small motorbikes and push bikes zipping around them like a bunch of tiny ants. There are traffic lights but only on a few of the larger streets and mostly it is just a free-for-all. By free-for-all I mean you honk to let people know you're there and you push your nose into traffic like you would push a drill into a piece of wood. That is the way it seems to me anyway.
Transportation - I bought myself a helmet yesterday and had my first experience on a moto (a motorbike taxi). It is a very standard form of transport here and it costs about $1 to get to the other end of town. However, the moto drivers cannot read a map so you have to know where you want to go either by name or you have to point in the direction you want to go. When walking through the street moto drivers signal you for a ride. You don't have to do anything to get a taxi in this place. You just have to look western.
The Food – Is excellent and cheep! I had some of the best Chinese I have had in a while here and it cost me $6 for a meal and a beer.
The Coffee – They put condensed milk in it which kind of ruins it. An ice coffee is a black coffee with tons of sugar and ice in it. They seem to like sweet.
I'll put photos up as soon as I get my hands on a camera USB cable. Anyway, my internet cuts out soon so I'll have to leave it at that.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Love all of you!