FSI Cambodian Basic Course

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What is the FSI Cambodian Basic course?

The FSI Cambodian course is a comprehensive collection of materials that was created for US diplomats preparing for postings in this Southeast Asian country.

It was intended to comprise 100 units along with accompanying audio. Unfortunately, the course is not available in its entirety at the moment, but the first 45 units and corresponding audio are included here as well as units 46-90 in text form only.

Although the course is currently incomplete, this still represents one of the most comprehensive resources for learning Khmer, and hopefully, in the future, the remaining materials will also become available.

How was FSI Cambodian Basic originally used?

This course was originally designed to be studied by US diplomatic staff in a near-perfect learning environment. The students would have around six hours of class time per day, which was supplemented by at least two hours of personal study.

Even when they weren’t engaged in formal learning, the students were expected to speak Khmer among themselves, and within a short amount of time, they were able to acquire a relatively high level of proficiency in the language.

How can you use FSI Cambodian Basic?

Although you can’t realistically hope to recreate the perfect study conditions enjoyed by US diplomats, if you know how to make the most of these materials, you can still benefit immensely from this fantastic free Cambodian course.

If you have another coursebook, you can use the dialogues and drills contained in FSI Cambodian to supplement your learning and improve your fluency and pronunciation skills.

Alternatively, you could use FSI as your main coursebook, in which case you will also be able to make good progress by working through the dialogs, drills and exercises it contains. Of course, you should also try to supplement this with whatever other materials you can find.

Taking it further

Whichever materials you decide to use, you won’t be able to learn Cambodian unless you practice, and this means you should look for opportunities to use your Cambodian wherever possible.

Try to find Cambodians who can help you practice, or perhaps try to find other people who are interested in learning this language with you.

Then, as you will soon see, regular study along with lots of practice will allow you to make rapid progress in this language, deepening your knowledge of a fascinating country with a rich culture and wonderful people.

Volume 1

  • Hours of Audio:  13+ hrs
  • Pages of instruction: 453
  • Units: 45

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Unit 01 Tape Unit 13 Tape Unit 25 Tape Unit 37 Tape
Unit 02 Tape Unit 14 Tape Unit 26 Tape Unit 38 Tape
Unit 03 Tape Unit 15 Tape Unit 27 Tape Unit 39 Tape
Unit 04 Tape Unit 16 Tape Unit 28 Tape Unit 40 Tape
Unit 05 Tape Unit 17 Tape Unit 29 Tape Unit 41 Tape
Unit 06 Tape Unit 18 Tape Unit 30 Tape Unit 42 Tape
Unit 07 Tape Unit 19 Tape Unit 31 Tape Unit 43 Tape
Unit 08 Tape Unit 20 Tape Unit 32 Tape Unit 44 Tape
Unit 09 Tape Unit 21 Tape Unit 33 Tape Unit 45 Tape
Unit 10 Tape Unit 22 Tape Unit 34 Tape    
Unit 11 Tape Unit 23 Tape Unit 35 Tape    
Unit 12 Tape Unit 24 Tape Unit 36 Tape    


Volume 2

  • Hours of Audio:  N/A
  • Pages of instruction: 367
  • Units: 45

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