Languages of Macau


In a recent New York Times op-ed, former Harvard president Lawrence Summers wrote: 'English's emergence as the global language, along with the rapid progress in machine translation and the fragmentation of languages spoken around the world, make it less clear that the sub

Friday, 2 March, 2012, 12:00am

Festival to show another side of Macau

Literature and music might not be on the minds of most visitors to Macau.

But the organisers of the city's first literature festival hope to turn over a new page in Macau's tourism history when they welcome writers from the mainland, Taiwan and Portuguese-speaking territories around the world for the start of a week of literary events.

22 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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Academic degrees - and the manifold non-scholastic means employed to obtain them - have a long past, in Hong Kong and elsewhere in the Chinese world. Every so often, a storm in a tea- cup erupts when it's found that a public figure doesn't have the academic credentials their promotional materials suggest.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Call for HK revolution in English teaching

English should be taught by teachers who speak it as a second language and not by native English speakers, according to a Hong Kong professor.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

Improving language skills

How important is English in today's world? What are the best ways to learn it? This is what our readers say:

Ella Chan Ho-chi, 16, Chinese International School

10 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Cultural heritage of China at risk with decline of dialects

Jiang Yalin , 35, is one of the few people of her age back home in Guizhou who can still speak the Miao minority language.

Brought up by her ethnic Miao grandmother, she is proud of her heritage, yet when she talks to her three-year-old daughter, she uses Putonghua, also known as Mandarin.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Entertainment listings: the pick of what's on

Outdoor performing arts showcase

15 May 2009 - 12:00am

Why languages should not be lost forever

The study of languages belongs to linguists. But the reason so many tongues face extinction while others thrive has nothing to do with their grammar or intrinsic worth. Rather, they more often reflect the power or powerlessness of groups that speak them. Unesco, the United Nations agency, has just published a new electronic map and database showing endangered languages around the world.

21 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

London all talk and no trousers on languages

'Although I might mention that another of London's advantages as an international centre is the availability of native speakers of just about any language in the world. Hong Kong will simply never have that, I guess. Or will it? I would love to hear someone persuade me it is possible.'

Stephen Bradley,

British Consul-General

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Language barrier plays havoc at refugee hearings

Xin Pinxian, a refugee claimant from Guangzhou, has won a second chance at staying in Canada, thanks to a slip of the tongue by an immigration official reviewing her case.

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Wake-up call not needed as survey on English is lost in translation

'Hong Kong has for a long time enjoyed what was believed to be quite good English proficiency. Our English was viewed as better than places like mainland China and Thailand [sic]. Now that is changing. This should serve as a wake-up call for Hong Kong.'

Kristen Rogers,

General manager,

Wall Street Institute

School of English, Hong Kong

9 May 2005 - 12:00am

Speaking of English standards

Hong Kong people's allegedly appalling English skills are in the news again. An online survey conducted by a language school has found that they read and speak less in English than Singaporeans, and that mainlanders are keener to practise their oral skills with native speakers.

7 May 2005 - 12:00am

Tongue-tied on multi-ethnic set

For actor Shawn Yue Man-lok (bottom), being on the set of his latest movie must have been like a long ride on the MTR.

CitySeen is referring to those incessant, 'The next station is ...' announcements, which are repeated in Cantonese, Putonghua and English.

21 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Terrapin cholera warning in Macau

Macau's Health Department issued a warning last night about soft-shelled terrapins carrying cholera bacteria.

A spokesman for the department said the sometimes-fatal disease had earlier this week been detected in a routine check of soft-shelled terrapins imported from the mainland.

2 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Anti-English attitude extremely parochial

The on-going correspondence in these columns (Victor Chu, December 18, R. Mah, March 3, and others) in which the use of English is denounced as a remnant of British colonialism saddens me.

8 Mar 1999 - 12:00am