PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 June, 2011, 12:00am


Hongkongers swear too much

Recently, while walking along the street, I heard some people swearing loudly. I always find this confusing. Why do people need to use such foul language? Is it really necessary for them to speak like that?

It is often said that first impressions are very important. It affects how people think about you afterwards.

A few weeks ago, I was having dinner with my family in a restaurant. Another customer nearby was swearing loudly. He didn't care about other diners' feelings.

Most of the customers were looking at him. We had the same feeling - his continuous use of foul language made everyone feel very uncomfortable.

Eventually, the restaurant manager confronted the rude diner and asked him, politely, to stop swearing.

The man felt embarrassed and stopped immediately.

The expression 'think before you speak' is very important.

Lee Sin-man, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Cantonese worth speaking well

Nowadays, many Hongkongers can't speak Cantonese properly. They often mispronounce simple words, mix up the sounds or use the wrong tones. This makes it hard for others to understand what they want to say.

Cantonese is an unusual dialect because it has nine tones for many words that would otherwise sound the same. I think all of us need to speak Cantonese correctly, in a standard way. Cantonese is a very interesting dialect, and it is well worth learning how to speak it the right way.

Li Tsz-ying, Maryknoll Fathers' School

Development not at cost of environment

If the government wants to win the hearts and minds of Hongkongers over the proposed third runway at the airport, then it should avoid the mistakes it made in the environmental impact assessment for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge.

The bridge has been on hold since April, when the Court of First Instance ruled that the government failed to present an independent assessment of the project's impact on air quality.

The judge ruled that the plan only focused on short-term gain while downplaying the possibility of long-term damage to the natural environment.

Now the government is again coming under pressure from the transport industry to build more infrastructure to maintain our economic growth. If not, they say, Hong Kong will become less competitive.

However, I think Hong Kong can improve its competitiveness without sacrificing its natural beauty.

Environmental preservation and economic development don't need to be enemies.

It is possible for both interests to be served, if the government carefully considers all the possible side-effects of the airport project.

Lau Leo Hon-pan, Hang Seng School of Commerce

We can't ignore social media

Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social websites in Hong Kong. On the mainland, it is Weibo. At first, it seems similar to its Western counterparts, but it attracts a lot more celebrities.

Some well-known stars like Joey Yung and Faye Wong have Weibo accounts where they post photos, and communicate with their friends and fans.

Social networking has become more common in today's world, so we should pay more attention to it. It is a good way for us to share our opinions and feelings - but also a good way for criminals to find victims. So be careful.

Yu Hoi-ying, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Test food before it gets to shelves

Recently, Hong Kong banned two imported sports drinks from Taiwan that contained a potentially cancer-causing chemical, DEHP.

The government should test all sports drinks, juices, teas, syrups, jams and powders before they are put on the market. This way, if the examinations are thorough, the products won't have to be recalled later. It is the government's responsibility to protect the health of its people.

Lily Wong, Pooi To Middle School