13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Probably the best available,
By A Customer
This review is from: Colloquial Cambodian: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) (Audio CD)
Considering the lack of good Cambodian language learning materials, I am very satisfied with the book by D. Smyth which includes the two CD's. It is user friendly and immediately engages the learner in conversation and immediately starts to teach you the Cambodian alphabet. This is good because the Romanization system used in the book is very crude at best and at times could be very misleading. Rely on the recordings and your Cambodian friend/teacher, not the Romanization for pronunciation. (The author warns you to do this). In my 1996 edition there are several printing errors in both English and Cambodian, I assume the 1997 edition has these corrected. I wish the CD's contained readings of the new words in isolation as well as in context, as it is sometimes difficult to learn correct pronunciation of a "strange" sounding new word when you just hear it once in a text reading. This is especially a potential problem in the "Cambodian Voices" section and the "Additinal Readings" section. Overall, the course is very good.