Well, I have been here for 3 days and I can say two words. For someone who is a linguist, this is more than pathetic. But I have several problems. First, I cannot find a book that explains anything. Second, I cannot read anything (as evidenced by the photo above, which is a Khmer poem taken from the internet). Third, it is not vaguely like any language I know. Fourth, everyone at the organization and in the restaurants has been able to speak to me in English, thus lowering the necessity. Finally, my brain seems to have melted.
Oh well, when I get out to Svay Rieng, being the only foreigner on the team, I am sure I will learn more quickly. Let’s hope!