French and English are the most common second languages spoken in Cambodia. As a
former French colony the French language was very common and many people still speak
and continue to learn this language. However, English is gaining popularity, especially
with the growing tourist industry based around Angkor.
Buddhism is the official religion of Cambodia and nearly
everyone in the country follows this belief system. Among the remaining 4-5% about
half are Muslim.
Buddhism is a religion or philosophy that encourages people to strive for enlightenment.
Adherents believe that each being is reborn until enlightenment is reached, at which
time they escape the cycle of birth and death. To accomplish this, every being must
speak, act, and live in a positive manner; this is magnified with the force of karma,
which dictates an individual's later life and/or their rebirth.