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  1. Cantonese-medium local system is unsuitable for expatriate students

    Posted Dec 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... schools have used Cantonese as their medium of instruction. Therein itself lies a problem. It takes years to master a language. Even a crash course in Cantonese and written Chinese would not save ...

  2. 'I should have been taught in Cantonese'

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by David Phair

    ... education I wish there was one thing I could've changed. I believe in mother-tongue teaching and I should've been taught in Cantonese although my school was proud and famous because ... people are acting all kinds of different roles with teachers using a language they are not good at, resulting in students switching off and feeling alienated. Dr Simon Chau Sui-cheong was talking ...

  3. Website language lets down universities

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... (I write this in all humility: God help me if I had to compose a website in perfect Putonghua or Cantonese!) These language gaffes would matter less if millions of people worldwide did ... and most visible face we show to others: our language face. After all, the great majority of potential students and faculty throughout the world learn about Hong Kong's eight major ...

  4. Minorities allege indirect racism in language row

    Posted Jan 26th 2008, 12:00am by Will Clem

    ... half or a third of the employees are expatriates who don't speak a word of Cantonese.' Mr Chan said bureau representatives had apologised and said any negative inference ... their argument. 'There would be no difficulty translating it,' he said. 'Only one of the chapters actually deals with language-teaching in detail. The rest uses very general language ...

  5. Theatre troupe comes out of its shell

    Posted May 19th 2007, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... of 'the handover'. The Return of the Turtles is a satire on Hong Kong's brand of high-pressure education, except in Cantonese its title sounds a lot like 'the handover'. Considering calling someone a turtle in Cantonese is usually an insult, maybe there is something to June 4 denier Ma Lik's claim that Hongkongers are just not patriotic enough. The show will run ...

  6. Letters

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... It is not the first language of more than 90 per cent of Hong Kong's residents. This is a predominantly Cantonese-speaking city. I'm not saying foreigners who come to live here should be forced to learn Cantonese, and I don't think this was Edward Tsui's main argument ('Embrace HK by learning its language', July 13). However, would it hurt expats like Mr Anderson ...

  7. It's a reel frustration for HK moviemakers

    Posted Jul 17th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Hong Kong-mainland co-productions that cater to the big mainland audience have been on the rise. In 2006 the agreement was expanded to allow Cantonese versions of Chinese-language films- either ... to capitalise on the lovers' holiday by showing it to audiences there in its original Cantonese version. But the result was disappointing. The film wasn't released for another six months, when ...

  8. Greek-Aussie feels right at home in world city

    Posted Jun 02nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... struggled to find the time to master Cantonese in two decades here- 'the Cantonese that I have picked up in court is not the Cantonese you would want use in open discussion''- he says ...

  9. English has always been an integral part of Hong Kong's international trade

    Posted Jul 20th 2011, 12:00am

    ... opportunities that the city itself has made available to the world. Betraying her true stance, she states categorically that 'ESF schools discriminate against Cantonese-speaking students'. Really? Is it just possible that the admissions process at the aptly named English Schools Foundation favours English-speaking students? Perhaps, if Cantonese is so important, Hong Kong's ...

  10. Share this town's great riches with those who struggle

    Posted Jun 06th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... from Guangdong. Therefore, the main language in Shenzhen would, of course, be Putonghua. I suspect most people in Shenzhen had never heard Cantonese before coming to Shenzhen. So ... to suggest its editors have understood it any better. MARK SIMON, Pokfulam Cantonese alive and well In his letter 'Learn Putonghua instead' (May 31), Scott Hatch argued that 'even ...




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