of Writing and Beginning Reader with Drills and Glossary
Franklin E. Huffman, with assistance from Chhom-Rak Thong
Lambert & Im Proum.
(Download zipped PDF) 34M
book was scanned by Eisel Mazard, who distributed on CD it along with
the following note.
& Proum's Cambodian System of Writing was first published in 1970
-- and, to this day, there is no substitute for it.
The authors were generous enough to
allow their work to enter the public domain after only 5 years in
print, but the text remains expensive and difficult to find.
I found a copy at Toronto's
non-circulating public library, and paid the hourly fee to scan it
--page by page-- with the hope that it would become commonly available
without charge to students, or to anyone who wanted to improve their
Khmer. Some of the peculiarities of the particular copy scanned
are preserved, including a few pages with torn corners and the
"Metropolitan Toronto Library" stamp on the publication information
Although there are over 150 pages
included in this set, this is not the complete text of the
original. Parts 1 and 2 (on this disc) are the didactic portion
of the book, after which part 3 offers a series of passages for reading
exercise. While the first two parts mentioned are essential for
anyone learning to read or write in Khmer, there are many available
alternatives to the reading portions provided in the third and final
section --in fact, the selections offered by Huffman may be a little
out-of-date for anyone trying to learn the modern spoken language
("Things have changed in Cambodia since 1970" --difficult to
exaggerate!) and are not particularly useful in preparation for
I've copied these images to several
discs, and have now mailed them to a handful of scholars around the
world (contacted through SEA-Lang, the south east asian languages list)
so that the text can be passed on, from hand to hand, in electronic
format. I hope that it will soon be freely available on the
Everything on this disc is in the
Public Domain. It has been created and distributed without
intention to profit, and I hope that it will be reproduced and shared
by others without fee.
In June 2004 Eisel mailed me a CD with high resolution scans of each
page. I converted it to PDF uploaded it here on June 16, 2004.
In August 2006 I zipped the PDF for easier downloading (Acrobat tends to die on large, remote PDFs and often crashes!)
- Walter Stanish
Hosted at pratyeka.