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  1. Cantonese almost became the official language

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... He Huifeng Putonghua is the official language on the mainland, but if history had played out differently the vast majority could have been speaking Cantonese. In 1912, shortly after ... Cantonese speakers feel proud of their native language, saying it has more in common with ancient classical Chinese than Putonghua- which is a mix of northern dialects heavily influenced ...

  2. Effort to save Cantonese

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Chloe Lai

    ... language, be a civilised person.' Guangzhou was a city that once set the standard for the Cantonese-speaking community. 'It is a common practice; many schools are doing the same,' ... as a more mature language with a richer linguistic history than Putonghua. He cited soccer player David Beckham's name to illustrate his arguments. Cantonese translates his family name using ...

  3. Trendy Shenzhen teenagers spearhead Cantonese revival

    Posted Oct 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... are Cantonese speakers. Cantonese is the fashionable language among Shenzhen teenagers.' Li's friend, Wang Zijing, said speaking Cantonese made them feel more international. 'Being ... Cantonese. In some cities, such as Shenzhen, Cantonese has been marginalised over the years- so much so that Putonghua has become the dominant daily and official language. There is a two-pronged ...

  4. Anger over holding of inquest in Cantonese

    Posted Aug 06th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the policeman shouting warnings to Limbu in Cantonese, which he might not have understood, raising the possibility that the language barrier was a factor in the shooting. Despite more than 2,000 people ... the Official Languages Ordinance, a coroner may use either or both of the official languages of Cantonese and English in any proceedings or a part of any proceedings. The coroner's decision ...

  5. New discrimination law faces test by fluent Cantonese speaker who can't land a job

    Posted Jul 26th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of language in the minutes of a housing estate. Mr Hussain, 25, a locally raised Pakistani, will file his case with the Equal Opportunities Commission alleging he had faced prejudice when job seeking. A Form Five graduate who speaks fluent Cantonese, Mr Hussain said he had been looking for a career in sales but his luck ran out when he got as far as face-to-face interviews. 'Employers ...

  6. A giant in the Cantonese opera canon

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... But the 1950s was his golden period. Tong took his plots from Chinese history, Western films and other forms of Chinese opera, which he adapted to the Cantonese language and environment. 'Many were ... I will be dead but no one will forget the plays I wrote. That makes life worth living.' These prophetic words were spoken by Tong Tik-sang, the man fondly remembered as one of Cantonese opera's ...

  7. Language confusion

    Posted Aug 08th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip The government should remove a Cantonese word from bag-levy posters, because mainland tourists do not understand them, according to the Retail Management Association. ... 'save' is expressed by using a colloquial expression: the Cantonese haan, rather than the standard Putonghua jie sheng. Most mainlanders and Taiwanese did not know what the Cantonese meant, Ms ...

  8. Expert: reform of language policy flawed

    Posted Jan 17th 2009, 12:00am by Elaine Yau, Liz Heron

    ... be encouraging bilingual teaching, a leading language expert has said. Andy Kirkpatrick, head of the English department at Hong Kong Institute of Education, spoke out as the institute pledged to step up its research on bilingual education and how to combine English and Cantonese effectively in the classroom. The moves came as legislators clamoured for more freedom for schools to decide ...

  9. liberal studies

    Posted Oct 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to their children. 4 How do Yao and his fellow campaigners' feel about the future of Cantonese? a. upbeat b. positive c. worried d. confident Think about 1. Is there a need for a national language? 2. ... Reading comprehension Answer the following questions 1 Yao Cheuk argues that Cantonese should be protected because... a. Cantonese was once the native tongue of the whole country. b. ...

  10. Language barrier

    Posted Nov 24th 2009, 12:00am by Andrew Sun, Vivian Chen

    ... with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Vivian Chen. I am forcing myself to speak Cantonese daily and learning to read Chinese characters. My dad is in Canada and I've been e-mailing scripts to him. He then reads each word to me on a long-distance call and sometimes we'll spend a few hours on it. Of course, he is the one paying the phone bill ...




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