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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. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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, ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Adopted daughter left stateless thanks to inefficient bureaucrats

    Posted Jul 28th 2014, 03:08am by LETTERS

    ... there, or to dump her on the other side of the world and leave without her. The fact is, I adamantly do not want her to attend school in Canada at this time. My spoken Cantonese is poor and my ... example is the 165 parents' notices written in Chinese (though entirely justified on the part of the school). I want her to retain her language and her culture. She sees herself as Chinese, ...

  7. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, July 16, 2014

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:37am by LETTERS

    ... important Studying a second language has many benefits, including helping you to increase your understanding of another culture. Where pupils are using Cantonese as the medium of instruction, ... an article on the Education Bureau's website claiming that Cantonese was not an official language was removed. People took offence because it is our mother tongue and is used by many teachers ...

  8. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 28, 2014

    Posted Jun 28th 2014, 05:03am by LETTERS

    ...   Immersion not key to learning languages I am a serving native English teacher and refer to the letter by Professor Stephen Krashen, of the University of Southern California, on the native-speaking ... of Southern California. I used to be a follower of his when I trained to be an English as-a-second-language (ESL) teacher and studied his book on second language acquisition. However, 25 years ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Is Hong Kong's English-language radio speaking to its audience?

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 02:44pm by JOHN PATKIN

    ... John Patkin John Patkin calls for a major review of the main channel, RTHK Radio 3 Is our English-language radio speaking to its audience? As Commercial Radio and Metro Broadcast Corporation prepare for licence renewals, the government should consider clarifying why both organisations must provide English-language services and why they are so heavily scrutinised. ...

  10. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    How integration can drive trade facilitation- in several languages


    ... facilitation- in different languages Imagine you are the chief executive of a California-Shandong start-up, and your team has arranged a Skype conference call with your Chinese partners in Shanghai. The location hardly matters any more. The language barrier is dissolving before everyone's ears, thanks to a new app integrated with Skype. You begin the meeting with a brief summary of your ...




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