My full name is Mr Xengthong PAJEEJOUALUEMUA, but most people like to call me “Jer”. I am from the Hmong tribe andwas born in a poor background in a large family in Phonxay District, Luang Prabang Province in northern Laos. My parents are illiterate and are subsistence farmers. My family moved to live in Luang Prabang District when I was in Secondary school about 12 years ago. I am currently living in Phouleckchalern Village, and I just finished with my bachelor degree from Souphanouvong University in 2017. I started to learn English when I studied in the first year of secondary school in 2005, but my English was very poor during that time. I studied at school, but most every school in Luang Prabang province only offered two hours per week to learn English. If any student were interested in speaking English well, he/she would need to find another English class to learn with personal English teachers or in an English Center. Most of the students did not speak English since most of them were from a poor background and lived in the countryside. They could not afford to pay to study in extra English classes.
I was very excited about speaking English, but I was also one of the deprived students who came from a very poor background. I decided to search for foreigners to practice English directly in Luang Prabang, while watching my friends speaking English to foreigners and read English books. Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage town, making it attractive to tourists. From what I have seen personally, Luang Prabang has more English speaking tourists than any other place in Laos.