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  1. News - Hong Kong - LETTER OF THE LAW

    Both city and nation must preserve Cantonese language

    Posted Apr 29th 2014, 04:17am by STEVE GALLAGHER

    ... Steven Gallagher Obligation to protect intangible cultural heritage applies to minorities and their languages Both city and nation must preserve Cantonese language A recent controversy over the Education Bureau's mistaken claim that Cantonese is not a language has highlighted the continued use of Cantonese in the city. Languages can easily be lost, especially ...

  2. News - China - LANGUAGE

    Guangzhou locals seek 'Cantonese Day' to help preserve mother tongue

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 04:15am by Mimi Lau

    ... of boisterous street rallies four years ago in support of Cantonese. The campaign follows reports the provincial television station plans to switch the language most of the original programmes on its ... with soccer and beer Cantonese is regarded as a modern variant of the ancient Han language. It is a much older language than Putonghua, linguists say, with pronunciation, vocabulary and usage similar ...

  3. News - China - MEDIA

    Guangdong TV news channel quietly changing from Cantonese to Putonghua

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 11:33pm by Mimi Lau

    ... the switch in broadcasting language was another symbolic move to marginalise Cantonese. "This is worse than what happened in 2010 as that involved a proposal that was eventually withdrawn. ... inside the network said, a move that is causing outrage among Cantonese speakers in Guangzhou. At least four Cantonese anchors had been replaced with Putonghua presenters on GDTV's news ...

  4. Comment - Insight & Opinion - CANTONESE

    The development of Cantonese language is a story worth telling

    Posted Feb 14th 2014, 11:36am by Peter Gordon

    ... Peter Gordon Peter Gordon says a community effort to trace the development of the Cantonese language over the years may well illuminate the heated debate in Hong Kong over its place in our ... per cent of the local population learn Cantonese (a Chinese dialect that is not an official language) as their commonly used daily language." The ruckus was so great that the piece ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Why Cantonese is a real language in Hong Kong

    Posted Feb 04th 2014, 05:23am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com Why Cantonese is a real language When it comes to Cantonese, I am a diehard regional southerner and proud of it. By Cantonese, I mean the language spoken in Hong ... from the Education Bureau, I don't think it was a gaffe when it said in its website's section on language learning support that "Cantonese is not an official language ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Education Bureau rapped over Cantonese 'not an official language' gaffe

    Posted Feb 02nd 2014, 06:11pm by Johnny Tam, Stuart Lau

    ... Johnny Tam and Stuart Lau Claim Cantonese 'not an official language' leaves public lost for words Bureau acts after language gaffe An article on the Education Bureau's website claiming "Cantonese is not an official language" has been removed after criticism. The article was posted on the website's Language Learning Support section on January 24. ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Mainland opens doors to subtitled Cantonese-language films

    Posted Aug 30th 2013, 12:00am by Tony Cheung

    ... Tony Cheung tony.cheung@scmp.com Mainland opens doors to Cantonese in cinemas Screenings of the original Cantonese versions of Hong Kong films will be permitted across the mainland from ... approve of the content. Currently, Hong Kong films are screened in Cantonese only in Guangdong. In other parts of the mainland, including major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, the movies must ...


    Putonghua rated more 'weird' than Cantonese in language study

    Posted Aug 07th 2013, 12:35pm by Amy Li

    ... Amy Li chunxiao.li@scmp.com Putonghua ranks among the top 25 "weirdest“ languages in the world, while Cantonese was among the 10 least "weirdest", according to linguistic findings from a US database. The research, published by San Francisco-based consulting firm Idibon, may come as a surprise to language learners who struggle with the nine tones of Cantonese ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Grounding in Cantonese will help ethnic minorities learn Chinese

    Posted Apr 16th 2014, 05:21pm by DAVID LI

    ... the impression that the Chinese language is the same across the four skills. It is ambiguous, to say the least. Listening and speaking are done in Cantonese, whereas reading and writing, taught ... David Li David Li says to be really effective, a Chinese-language curriculum for ethnic minorities must take account of the way the language is learned Perfect pitch The government's ...

  10. Comment - Blogs - Culture Club

    ‘Local’ should be defined by the values we share, not language

    Posted Jun 11th 2014, 07:17pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... is local: cultural references that can be understood only by a group of people that share the same language. If you don’t understand Cantonese, you won’t get it even if you have lived in this town ... to the definition of local in Hong Kong. But it certainly shouldn’t be limited to language – particularly in a so-called "World City" that is known as a cultural melting pot. Cantonese language ...




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