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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Lifestyle - Family & Education

    Is Cantonese in danger? Hongkongers take steps to protect their heritage

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 10:50am by BEN SIN

    ... with words When the Education Bureau stated on its website last month that Cantonese was not an official language of Hong Kong, it struck a nerve with citizens. After all, the language is spoken ... Slate. A blogger, writecantonese8, further enriched Ng's work by developing a key to provide English-language explanations to the idioms. The compilation vividly shows why Cantonese ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Cantonese speakers suffering from an inferiority complex

    Posted Feb 22nd 2014, 04:22am by LETTERS

    ... SCMP Editorial Cantonese speakers suffering from an inferiority complex I refer to Peter Gordon's article (" The development of Cantonese language is a story worth telling ", February 15). As a member of a major Cantonese speech group- the University of Hong Kong- I find the article's point on tracing and exhibiting the language's history bona fide, ...

  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. News - Hong Kong

    Student minds the language gap in MTR station names

    Posted Apr 15th 2014, 11:53am

    ... in Cantonese. But in the blogger’s alternative map, the English name for Wan Chai station is “Little Bay”, Yau Tong station is “Oil Pond” station and Heng Fa Chuen station is “Apricot Estate” station. ... of the stranger station names. “I’ve heard theories that Cantonese people made up rude names on purpose to [annoy] the British colonial government, but I’m not sure,” he said. Tsing Yi station ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - EDUCATION

    Plan to offer lessons in Chinese as a second language remains vague

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 04:54am by Jennifer Ngo

    ... Jennifer Ngo jennifer.ngo@scmp.com Ethnic-minority pupils are crying out for the chance to learn Cantonese, but details of new curriculum to help them remain sketchy Plans for Chinese lessons still vague Sehrish speaks Cantonese with an accent and often struggles to find the right words. Reading and writing is even worse, she says. The 16-year-old is of Pakistani descent, ...




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