Setting Forth: SKOPE’s first projects

Lemon in Cambodia

Part of my role as SKOPE coordinator is to identify rural schools which may benefit from our projects. This is harder than it sounds because there are so many obstacles. The first one is language. Although I have weekly Khmer lessons, I am unable to easily have flowing conversations, especially about specific topics such as whether a school’s well is in good working order. I don’t even know the word for well. The second obstacle is the fact that I’ve chosen to focus SKOPE’s attention on rural schools, ergo they’re not near where I live and usually involve long journeys into unknown areas of the country. Thirdly, Cambodia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and therefore one cannot simply go around offering to donate money to schools or buy supplies without there being a trustworthy advocate.

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Luckily for me, all three obstacles were…

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My kids are using THINK IN ENGLISH and last night played it for hours

  This is not a paid review.  I downloaded the app last night and my 6 year old daughter was on it for hours.  I do have to help her but I understand a new version will be coming out for younger kids. The app is for english, spanish, and french.  My daughter is Thai so using the english for now!

from Think in English

For Parents:

The game is best for children 8-16. If you are working together with your child, or helping your child start, the keys are:

  • Make sure they understand that they have to help the alien family! This sets up each stage.
  • Make sure the children are comfortable with the word book before moving to the game. If the words are new, it is a good idea to take a couple sessions to practice the words. Turn off the sound and writing in the word book. When the children are calling out the words themselves with some confidence, they can move on to the game.
  • If your child is 5-7, it is still possible to use the game, but you have to do it together. There are a lot of words in each of the stages, so take your time!
  • If you are working with younger children, you can let them play in their own language to reinforce the bilingual concept.
  • Encourage repeating the language. Try to keep the rule of no translating


Their web site is Think Bilingual!

We recommend this app!

Think Bilingual! – Interact and Immerse

Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Tinker Bell, and  Skipper of  Penguins of Madagascar  have helped me teach english to my kids and entertain me!


I am not a teacher but came up with this several years ago after I bought my first Ipad and started to buy movies and then thought of the cartoons to entertain my kids (little)

  I have a friend on Facebook that is an american teaching in Thailand english to small kids,   I noticed one day on a post he made where he mentioned that he was using cartoons to help the kids “hear” the english.  In my opinion as just a parent, we learn a language at an early age by hearing.  Not from a book as that comes later but just listening.  Most of my Thai friends are shy about speaking english because of their pronunciation.  I met a Thai English teacher teaching other Thais and I could not understand a word she was saying!  She could write and read but could not speak english!  I also know Thais that speak very good english so not putting down people or the education system.  In my opinion it helps to hear english spoken!

Why English Language is important to learn

from wikipedia

It is an official language of almost 60 sovereign states, the most commonly spoken language in theUnited Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, and a widely spoken language in countries in the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia.[6] It is the third most common native language in the world, after Mandarin and Spanish.[7] It is widely learned as a second language and is an official language of the United Nations, of the European Union, and of many other world and regional international organizations. English is probably the third largest language by number of native speakers, after Mandarin and Spanish.[7] However, when combining native and non-native speakers it is probably the most commonly spoken language in the worldEnglish is spoken by communities on every continent and on oceanic islands in all the major oceans

It has also become by far the most important language of international communication when people who share no native language meet anywhere in the world.  Very often today a conversation in English anywhere in the world may include no native speakers of English at all, even while including speakers from several different countries

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Lemon in Cambodia

Ever had a rather ambitious idea and then actually made it happen? These past few weeks have seen a stroke of inspiration I had about a year ago evolve into something tangible.
My workplace, Sovann Komar, has always done sporadic community outreach work. When I accompanied the orphanage director and some of the children to see a book donation project last year, I was immediately interested in getting more involved. As of September, I have become the co-ordinator of my own little project: Sovann Komar Outreach Program for Education (SKOPE).
Through SKOPE, I will organise several projects each year, helping rural schools throughout Cambodia in various ways. We are aiming to provide these schools with the basic necessities: classrooms, running water (toilet blocks and wells), and equipment (text books, exercise books, pens, etc.). These are things we take for granted in western countries but many schools and families struggle to…

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