PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 April, 2004, 12:00am

Teachers' accents

I wish to voice my opinion about why students in Hong Kong find it difficult to learn to speak English well.

Teachers of English in Hong Kong all use different accents. Some have a British accent, others an American accent, and still others a Canadian accent, and there are those whose accents are hard to identify.

Students need to adapt to different accents because of the changing teachers. There is no doubt that students' ability to identify and recognise different accents will improve.

However, the main effect is that students' ability to speak the English language will suffer, unless they are going abroad to study.

The government says that the standard of English is declining in Hong Kong. To raise the standard, it should first train the teachers.


Goodbye to cages

First we had wild cats in cages (in restaurants), then hens in cages (getting sick) and then wild bears (waiting to be 'tapped' for their bile) in cages. What next for southern China?

Whatever else happens regarding animal life in the region, let us hope that this is the beginning of the end of a caged existence.