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Chinese Language

Number of Chinese speakers in US rises 360pc in 30 years

The number of Chinese speakers in the United States has increased by almost 360 per cent over the past 30 years, new government data has revealed.

Saturday, 10 August, 2013, 10:57am

China must make its mark on global language map on its own terms

Most people believe that the secret to promoting Chinese culture is to have as many foreigners as possible studying the Chinese language. But there is a better way.

3 Jun 2013 - 2:32am 6 comments

South Asian students thwarted by lack of Chinese-language skills

Local primary students have no problem reading and writing the Chinese characters for common words such as “mushroom”, “pumpkin” or even “universal suffrage”. Not so for Pakistani girl Igra Khan, who is in Form Three.

6 May 2013 - 10:51am 1 comment

Hard labour for lawyers who speak only English

With more court cases being heard in Chinese, lawyers who know only English say the amount of work available for them has dropped, causing some to earn less, go into early retirement or move abroad.

1 Apr 2013 - 9:57am 8 comments

Hong Kong trails rival Singapore in students' English skills

Many parents spare no efforts in brushing up their children's language skills - and not just in English. Demand for Putonghua teachers is soaring as China's clout in the global economy increases.

4 Feb 2013 - 10:22am 19 comments

Publisher receives funds to revise authoritive Chinese dictionary

A mainland publishing house was given 27 million yuan (HK$33.2 million) in state funding to revise the Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary), in the first revision of the premier Chinese language dictionary in nearly two decades.

12 Dec 2012 - 4:32am

Putonghua lessons can be supplemented out of school

My son has been learning Putonghua at school and I want him to make progress. But I am not a Putonghua speaker, so how can I help?

10 Sep 2012 - 9:32am

Keeping Chinese language free from outside influence an impossible goal

Nations with a proud history and culture are also likely to be jealously protective of their language. For a country fast on the rise like China, that is guaranteed to be doubly so.

3 Sep 2012 - 1:44am

'NBA' condemned for Chinese dictionary

A group of Chinese academics has said English-language abbreviations that have become part of everyday life on the mainland should be struck from the country’s top dictionary.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

American Metro Vocal Group makes splash with Canto-pop covers

When four Americans came to Hong Kong in 2005 to sing at the opening of Disneyland they had little idea what they would be doing four years later - singing unaccompanied in two Chinese dialects, releasing a Cantonese album and staging concerts in Hong Kong.

15 Aug 2012 - 3:47am