If you have read my previous article, 7 Reasons Why I Should Probably Marry a Cambodian Woman, you may think that I am well on my way to donning a pair of purple M. Hammer pants and walking down the aisle with a young Cambodian bride. After further consideration, I have realized that there are seven equally compelling reasons why I should NOT marry a Cambodian woman. Should he move to Cambodia, or should she move to his country? The type of work I do can’t easily be done in Cambodia. So if I lived in Cambodia, I would essentially be semi-retired and living off savings.
When a Westerner marries a Cambodian woman, the couple has a very important initial decision to make.
In contrast with Vietnamese, Khmer has typical Austroasiatic features like monosyllabic or disyllabic words, a complex vowel system and lack of tones.
It is mostly isolating, attaching one or, at most two, affixes per word to achieve some morphological diversity.: Khmer words can be monosyllabic or disyllabic.
It has at least 18 monophthongs with four degrees of vowel height which can be short or long, in addition to several diphthongs.
In Old Khmer there was, besides, a register distinction, between breathy, creaky or clear voice, that no longer exists.
Sitting outside his simple, wooden house, Ta An does not look like someone alleged to have sent 150,000 people to their deaths during the murderous rule of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia between 19.
One of many former Khmer Rouge commanders who have retired to the villages in the remote jungle surrounding the town of Pailin in the far west of Cambodia, the last stronghold of Pol Pot's fanatical revolutionaries, the frail and sunken-eyed 80-year-old welcomes visitors by placing his hands together as if in prayer.
(18): Austroasiatic languages are remarkable for having large vowel inventories and Khmer is no exception.Bringing my Cambodian wife to America would be an even worse idea.At least in Cambodia she would have friends, family, and a whole life outside of interacting with me.Without anything else to do, I’d undoubtedly become an alcoholic.My wife, having never seen me work, wouldn’t respect me and would think I was making up stuff about once having a respectable job.