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  1. Worrying language trend in press releases

    Posted Mar 28th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... by the foreign media. The city's population may be 95 per cent Chinese, but that leaves a sizeable number- 350,000- who are not. English is the language of business and for our city's continued ... We admit it- we are biased. As Hong Kong's leading English-language newspaper, we have a vested interest in keeping standards of written and spoken English high. But so does Hong ...

  2. News - China - POLITICS

    'I'll break your legs if you go into business': former president's career advice to children

    Posted Mar 17th 2014, 01:02pm by DARREN WEE

    ... comes from Hongan county in Hubei province, is the youngest of the former president’s four children. She studied foreign languages at Wuhan University and apart from a two-year stint as a secretary at the Chinese embassy in the United States, has worked at the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries her entire working life. She is now president ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Canvassing materials should be in English and Chinese

    Posted Aug 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the minority's language needs, their publicity contains nothing more than short slogans written in English. Similar problems have been found when our reporters ploughed through the campaign literature. ... in both Chinese and English. But increasingly, the latter risks being marginalised when the government and district councils do not set a good example in providing information in two languages ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Lack of availability of English-language election information

    Posted Aug 21st 2012, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... Peter So and Tony Cheung Half of the 74 lists of candidates running for office only provide policy details in Chinese Legco hopefuls falling short on English material In the most hotly ... running for the directly elected and "super lawmaker" seats have provided English materials to explain where they stand on policy issues. But even this is an improvement on the last ...

  5. English takes back seat in press releases

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong Despite a Basic Law stipulation that English and Chinese are official languages, little more than a third of the city's government departments regularly issue their press ... and Housing Bureau held about half of its briefings behind closed doors. One of those that used both languages the least was the Labour and Welfare Bureau, which issued little more than one English ...

  6. We want to learn English, Shenzhen workers declare

    Posted Jun 29th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and encourage our citizens to learn and speak foreign languages,' said Mr Yan. All newspapers as well as radio and TV stations in Shenzhen will offer free English lessons every day, while ... Chow Chung-yan in Shenzhen Energetic kick-off marks government's campaign to improve language skills 'I want to learn English, I want to serve the community,' a team of taxi ...

  7. Peng Di, veteran foreign correspondent

    Posted Jul 06th 2012, 12:00am

    ... been endorsed by party elder Zhou Enlai, who wanted recruits with English language skills who understood America. In Yanan, they joined the Xinhua news agency. With their language skills, ... who owned The Washington Post. He also accompanied late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping on his ground-breaking visit to the United States in 1979. His career as a foreign correspondent spanned ...

  8. Fewer press releases issued in English

    Posted Oct 01st 2010, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... in English only. The problem was not just the number of monolingual releases, but their news value, the association said. 'The fact Chinese and English are the city's official languages ... 'In general, government officials give opening remarks in both languages... There is no question of refusing to answer questions in English. We fully appreciate the importance of both English ...

  9. English needs higher priority, says Suen

    Posted Oct 21st 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... native English-speaking teachers had been employed, the results had not met his expectations. He said it was 'worth giving a second thought' to the mother-tongue policy to give secondary students more exposure to the English language. 'Hong Kong is an international city and we have to produce graduates who can master both our mother tongue and English,' Mr Suen ...

  10. Government's language policy has proved to be disastrous

    Posted Jan 21st 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the study of English on the mainland. It takes years to develop proficiency in a language. By introducing mother tongue education [in some schools in Hong Kong], the SAR government has put a whole ... to explain yet another blunder. This time, their flip-flop has been no laughing matter. I am referring to the language policy for our schools, which is so important because it affects tens ...




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