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Cambodian English Language Skills Faltering

Kep, Cambodia In the countryside English language skills lag way behind those found in Phnom Penh

Kep, Cambodia
In the countryside English language skills lag way behind those found in Phnom Penh

A global index on English language proficiency has cast Cambodia against the international trend of improving standards, with the Kingdom ranking 69th of 70 countries and territories surveyed and the lowest among 16 Asian participants.

Released this week, the annual English Proficiency Index, the world’s largest ranking of countries by English skills, surveyed almost 1 million adults around the world, compiling the results from countries with a minimum of 400 participants.

Despite an overall global improvement, Cambodia ranked in the “very low” band for the second year running, with only Libya scoring lower. While Vietnam and Thailand were both surveyed, neighbouring Laos and developing ASEAN partners like Myanmar were not included.

~The Phnom Penh Post

If you live in Phnom Penh where a good number of its citizens can communicate in English this ranking could appear odd.

Get out into the countryside though, and it is a completely different story. Phnom Penh really is different in many ways to the rest of Cambodia.

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