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Few people speak French in Cambodia

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The senior officials at the seminar on Froncophonie French Language in Phnom Penh. Chor Sokunthea.

French is not widely spoken in Cambodia as well as in the world since the 19th and 20th century, a senior Cambodian official said.

Leng Peng Long, secretary general of the National Assembly said on Thursday at the seminar on Francophonie French Language and the National Assembly’s Affairs in Phnom Penh that after the Second World War, French was not widely spoken while English has taken over because of Europe’s failure.

“Most countries in the world are dominated by the United State and workplaces and others using English language as communication, so French language is no longer used very much,” Mr Peng Long said.

“Now only few old people still speak French and some young people studying French can also speak it,” he said.

More than 100 people from the Senate, the National Assembly, a French senator and NGO representatives along with embassy officials attended the seminar.

After the Second World War, France established the La Francophonie, a group of 56 French-speaking countries whose aim is to preserve French language, culture and education.

Although Cambodia is a member of the group, English is widely spoken among Cambodian youths.

According to the Education Ministry, the National Institute of Education is training about 2,000 teachers and master students on educational management in 2018.

Of this number, some of them are specialised in French-Cambodian literature, French math, French biology and French physics.

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