Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Language like a poem: Local youths’ horizons grow by learning German

Language like a poem: Local youths’ horizons grow by learning German

Tim Pichkessey (right) and her German classmate.
Tim Pichkessey (right) and her German classmate.

Language like a poem: Local youths’ horizons grow by learning German

TIM Pichkessey, an official for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, finds great pleasure in the language’s structure and use.

“The language is like a poem because it has a rhythm,” Pichkessey said, reflecting on a month-long scholarship spent in Germany.

“The grammar is very interesting and completely different from English . . . adjectives change according the noun that follows after them. For example, ‘Das sind die schönen blume’ means ‘These are beautiful flowers,’” she added.

Not only did Pichkessey fall in love with the language but her ability to communicate in German wove a stronger communication network between her colleagues while she was working for KKEV-Cambodia, a local NGO and orphanage.

In a similar vein, Phun Sokphaos, 22, who has been studying the German language since he was 17 found the experience transformative after being awarded a month-long scholarship by Goethe Institute.

“It was life changing and [something] I never thought I would [experience]. It was such a dream,” Sokphaos enthused, emphasising the surplus of opportunities that come with being multi-lingual.

Language immersion also became a way for Kuoch Sokhuor, another winner of a scholarship funding study in Germany, to connect with the other 120 million German speakers worldwide and pad his resume.

“I got a lot of benefits from [learning] this language, I worked as a German speaking guide and a German teacher at Deutschkurse [in] Phnom Penh,” Sokhuor affirmed.


  • Temi tourism project approved by the CDC

    The $500.4 million Tourism, Ecological, Marine and International (Temi) tourism project has been approved by the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), according to a notice on its Facebook page on Monday. The project is part of Chinese-owned Union City Development Group Co Ltd’s (

  • Rainsy will return at ‘favourable time’

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Saturday suggested he would not return to Cambodia as he had previously promised, saying that like liberators King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Charles de Gaulle, he would only do so at a “favourable time”. “I will go back to Cambodia

  • US Embassy urged to stop ‘disrespecting sovereignty’

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s

  • NagaWorld casino sees net profit of more than $390M last year

    Phnom Penh’s NagaWorld casino posted a 53 per cent net profit increase last year at $390.6 million, a sum which is almost equal to the combined net profit of all Cambodian commercial banks in 2017. NagaWorld’s parent company, NagaCorp Ltd, is listed on the Hong Kong