Too many bad characters
The Chinese language skills of Hong Kong children are in decline, say teachers. They blame the ease of typing Chinese characters on mobile phones and computers. Students are unwilling to make the effort to write out complex characters or compose proper sentences.
Teacher Karen Li Oi-wan says students don't like to write out the full strokes. Instead, they create lookalike characters. 'It is common to find wrong characters in students' writing today,' she says.
Form Three student Phoebe Choi admits that her Chinese is poor, a fact she blames on social networking with her friends using their own self-invented language.
'Technology has had a very big impact on me,' she says. 'There are so many characters I don't know.'