Remember the Cambodian boy who wowed the world with his ability to speak 15 languages? It seems like his multilingual proficiency is literally bringing him to places.
Thuch Salik starred in a viral video last year showing his ability to speak 15 languages while trying his best to sell souvenirs to a Malaysian tourist in Cambodia. Thanks to the power of social media, the young boy has received a sponsorship from Cambodian businessman Khit Chhern to pursue his studies in China.
It was revealed in the viral video that the boy could speak Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Malay, Thai, Japanese, Korean, French, Spanish, German, and Filipino, among others. But out of all the countries in Asia, Salik chose China because he’s passionate about Chinese culture.
Salik captured much attention in November 2018 when he stated that Chinese was his favorite language. He is currently attending Hailiang Foreign Language School in Zhejiang province.
In sponsoring his study abroad, the businessman left a heartfelt message to Salik on his Facebook page. Chhern also expressed his hope for Salik to have a better future.
“You are 14 years old and will be leaving your home to a foreign country. I hope you can work hard to be a successful and kind-hearted person. Good luck, Salik.”
A video showed Salik kneeling in front of his family and Chhern just before his departure. As for his arrival in China, Salik was welcomed by students and staff of Hailiang Foreign School at the airport, complete with a song and dance.
This, however, was not the first time Salik has been to China. He had previously visited China with his family, from Jan. 27 to Jan. 31, with the help of Hailiang Education Group.
According to reports, Thuch Salik aspires to be a tour guide so that he can help foreigners understand Cambodia’s culture and history.
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