Chinese Characters

Dreamers choose 'meng' as their word of the year

The Chinese character meng, meaning dream, has been named "character of the year" on the mainland, putting poll organisers and much of the public on a collision course over how the word should be interpreted.

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 4:37am

Store adds traditional Chinese characters to tags and brochures after complaints

Labels, advertisements and packaging bearing simplified Chinese characters at the new Hysan Place mall in Causeway Bay. Photo: May Tse

Global luxury goods chain DFS Galleria has decided to add traditional Chinese characters to its price tags and brochures - following the latest controversy over shops' use of simplified Chinese.

16 Aug 2012 - 9:23am


Racial prejudice must be overcome

Mother to Son, a poem by Langston Hughes, is a symbol of the struggle by blacks in America.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Better approach to learning biology

I am writing to express my opinion on biology, an elective subject in the New Senior Secondary curriculum.

Many students think the subject only requires them to memorise all the key terms and concepts. But I think this shouldn't be the case, as biology also encourages critical thinking.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

We're not that simple

Many mainlanders come to Hong Kong to buy genuine things. From jewellery to designer clothes, food and even baby formula; Hong Kong is trusted to deliver the real deal.

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

On Chinese characters, all in Hong Kong should be on the same page

A small educational institution I am involved with recently received a complaint: it teaches its young students to write Chinese using simplified characters.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Too many bad characters

The Chinese language skills of Hong Kong children are in decline, say teachers. They blame the ease of typing Chinese characters on mobile phones and computers. Students are unwilling to make the effort to write out complex characters or compose proper sentences.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese input skill helps students stay 'literate'

Mastering the various Chinese input methods will help local students stay 'literate' in the computer age, according to language experts.

11 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland college entrance exam is flawed but necessary evil

For the mainland's roughly nine million high-school seniors, a two-day stretch in June is the moment they believe will shape their entire future. They bid farewell to families, and armed with pens and pencils, head off to take the gaokao, the mainland's college-entrance exam.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese Writer

Chinese Writer by Molatra is an app to help children learn Chinese in an enjoyable way. It's a character learning game that makes recognising characters and stroke order part of its game play. It teaches correct stroke orders of words with English explanations and audio cues with pinyin. Learners read, write and hear words while trying to beat the clock.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Giordano's Chinese labels have activists up in arms

A group of social activists has launched a campaign against popular clothing chain Giordano for using simplified rather than traditional Chinese characters on promotional materials in many of its stores.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Cruel bloggers criticise 'privileged' pair

The death of the two Chinese students has triggered heated debate online about 'privilege' because the victims were shot in a luxury car.

Many mainland media outlets emphasised the fact that Wu Ying and her friend Qu Ming, both 23, were shot in a BMW, a symbol of wealth for the mainland's average wage earners.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stress on writing hinders reading

Kindergartens put too much emphasis on writing when they teach Chinese characters, leading to mediocre results in the more important skill of reading, a study has found.

University of Hong Kong researchers said children should learn to recognise characters before they learned to write them, which would help them with their reading at an earlier stage.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Cafe menus cook up 'discrimination' row

Bosses at a new branch of the agnes b. Cafe LPG chain will change menus that use simplified Chinese characters after being accused of discriminating against Hongkongers.

The cafe apologised on its Facebook page yesterday after an online outcry over what internet forum users dubbed the 'invasion of simplified Chinese' at the new branch in Tseung Kwan O's PopCorn mall.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese speakers think out of the box

The brains of Chinese-language speakers work differently from those who speak western tongues, Chinese University scientists say - a finding that may have profound implications for those learning to read Chinese.

23 Feb 2012 - 12:00am