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  • #144742
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    I don’t speak a word of Khmer,would it be a waste of time for me to try to source products from Cambodia?
    I have business experience in Canada already.

    I tried today, called some old Khmer dude, and the guy didn’t speak a word of english or french and I couldn’t understand anything except “yay english?”.

    [Message last modified 04-29-2012 06:51pm by socialentry]

    #144758
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    I speak english to my store owners and event to my employees as well…

    #144770
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    [i]Originally posted by socialentry[/i]
    I don’t speak a word of Khmer,would it be a waste of time for me to try to source products from Cambodia?
    I have business experience in Canada already.

    I tried today, called some old Khmer dude, and the guy didn’t speak a word of english or french and I couldn’t understand anything except “yay english?”.

    [Message last modified 04-29-2012 06:51pm by socialentry]

    It would be advisable to be able to speak and read Khmer. If not you then maybe someone else in your company.

    You probably could find someone who speaks English well enough to converse and write up a contract in English but I think you’ll be less competitive being forced to work with only one supplier.

    Edit: Actually, you might be able to find a few that can speak French.

    [Message last modified 05-02-2012 09:23am by Sovie]

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    #144798
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    [i]Originally posted by kimpirun98[/i]
    I speak english to my store owners and event to my employees as well…

    Good man, that means you’re an international Khmer.

    [Message last modified 05-04-2012 12:09am by socialentry]

    #144784
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    [i]Originally posted by Sovie[/i]
    It would be advisable to be able to speak and read Khmer. If not you then maybe someone else in your company.

    You probably could find someone who speaks English well enough to converse and write up a contract in English but I think you’ll be less competitive being forced to work with only one supplier.

    Edit: Actually, you might be able to find a few that can speak French.

    [Message last modified 05-02-2012 09:23am by Sovie]

    I’m actually not based in Asia and have no plans to move there in the short term. The other country I have considered in Asia are the Phillipines.

    In my city,I see that a lot of businesspeople/immigrant seemed to rely heavily upon their ethnic roots.
    I am somewhat wary of how native Khmers treat their diaspora so it is an alternative but certainly not the only one.
    As a Khmer, I would probably be considered very very americanized.

    Thanks for the information however. It is duly noted.

    #144810
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    [i]Originally posted by socialentry[/i]
    I’m actually not based in Asia and have no plans to move there in the short term. The other country I have considered in Asia are the Phillipines.

    In my city,I see that a lot of businesspeople/immigrant seemed to rely heavily upon their ethnic roots.
    I am somewhat wary of how native Khmers treat their diaspora so it is an alternative but certainly not the only one.
    As a Khmer, I would probably be considered very very americanized.

    Thanks for the information however. It is duly noted.

    I’ve contacted businesses in Cambodia via email to get pricing on something and was able to get two reponses from different companies that were very close to eachother. I also ended up asking them clarification questions that one was able to answer to my satisfaction. But I’d definitely not sign a contract until I’ve actually met the person and talk about things in detail. I’m not from Cambodia either but I’d expect to make regular trips there if I were to do business with someone in that country.

    I’ve only ever had positive responses from native Khmers to my inquiries so I didn’t have a problem in dealing with Khmers in Cambodia. I think you should be weary in general when it comes to business and picking out suppliers and/or producers. It’s good that you are considering other countries because it helps to increase your competitiveness. Best of luck to you.

    Also, I’m not a business owner and I’m not planning on doing any business in Cambodia. I’m speaking as someone who’s had to price something out for someone else.

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    #144823
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    Thank for admiration me,

    But some people can use any language to run their business. it depends on what types of business we do….Some people don read, write, and understand well english but they run business very smooth…
    What type of business do you plan in a short future???

    [i]Originally posted by socialentry[/i]
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    [i]Originally posted by kimpirun98[/i]
    I speak english to my store owners and event to my employees as well…

    Good man, that means you’re an international Khmer.

    [Message last modified 05-04-2012 12:09am by socialentry][/quote]

    #144839
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    Agreed if you never plan to expand beyond the local level, then you don’t need to speak english for managing the day to day operations…

    I was looking into export/import, but it’s a secondary concern.The main thing is, I run a call center, I want to expand elsewhere then the West, largely due to labour costs.

    #144853
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    Its a very hard time to running the business in all where in this circumstance, You see event PM Harper stephen had to connect the business with the poor country as like Vietnam and Cambodia, Thai , Philipine…

    How come he get a connection from Top to down!!! I dont think that is a good idea at all

    #144868
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    Biggest business partner in Cambodia are Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans, and USA.

    So from that data i would assume most would speak those language.

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