Macaronic Language

Crazy for loving you

If you see the building in Shenzhen festooned with the intriguing words 'Lie Fallow Agora', you may wonder what it means. One day I finally looked at the Chinese characters. But of course! Lie fallow: not working, nothing to do, leisure.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am


Drunk or drug driving totally unacceptable

I am very concerned about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Recently, a young woman was run over by a motorist who was charged with drug driving. This horrific accident has raised awareness of the issue.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tongues of potential

My husband and I are trying to raise trilingual children, but I'm not sure how well we are doing. I see parents and families doing just that every day, and it all seems so easy as they banter back and forth in different languages.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Talk of the town

Broadway is without doubt one of the best things about New York. One out of every four visitors takes in a show, and the industry contributes about US$10 billion to the city's economy every year.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


The effect of Chinglish on HK

Is the gap in English standards between Hong Kong and the mainland narrowing?

In Hong Kong, some people use 'Chinglish'. It is influenced by the Chinese language, and is ungrammatical.

26 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

The unlikely couple whose romance took more than a year to blossom

Fashion designer Joyce Mak and Ronald Kong, a shopping mall manager, registered their marriage on February 16 and celebrated with a banquet at the Ritz-Carlton's ballroom on April 24 with about 250 guests.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Making words sing

The drama's the thing for Hong Kong playwright Candace Chong Mui-ngam - except that this time, it's an opera. The esteemed playwright, who has seen success with works like French Kiss and Murder In San Jose - both commissions for the Hong Kong Arts Festival - has just finished the libretto for a new opera about 'the father of modern China' Sun Yat-sen.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

quote of the week

'You not only take away the little giggle you get while strolling in the park, but you lose a window into the Chinese mind'

Oliver Lutz Radtke, a PhD student in 'Chinglish' at the University of Heidelberg, on Shanghai's campaign to clean up inaccurate English translations on signs and menus


10 May 2010 - 12:00am

Shanghai wages war on Chinglish signs

For a city preparing to host the World Expo, signs on wet pavements warning pedestrians to 'be careful of the slip' simply won't do.

Starting next month, Shanghai will launch a campaign to clamp down on Chinglish in public signage.

22 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Unfair money gap not necessary

I am writing to draw readers' attention to the poverty problem in Hong Kong.

There is a big gap between the rich and the poor in Hong Kong. We should focus on the underprivileged during this economic downturn.

15 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Old regional rivalry turns into a video song contest on YouTube

The war of videos continues as YouTube netizens carry on a lively debate about whether the Lion City or the Pearl of the Orient is the superior city. It was started by Singaporean amateur musicians Katie Oh and Taz the Raz with their quirky self-parody of a music video that purports to show the city state in all its glamour and glory, with its democracy and freedom.

26 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Lion City's latest anti-HK volley is in Singlish, awmost English-lah. Eskew me?

Singaporeans and Hongkongers don't often see eye to eye; we might even secretly - or not so secretly - despise each other. But let's face it, we have been far more civil towards one another than most of our neighbours have been among themselves.

19 Jul 2008 - 12:00am


Money can't buy health and love

People in Hong Kong tend to lead busy lives.

I believe the majority are just thinking of how they can make more money and forget one important thing - health.

If people earn a lot of money but are in poor health, how can they enjoy life?

I think good health is essential to lead a happy life.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Have your say

A beautiful mind is more important

I recently read an interesting book - How to Make a Beautiful Mind by Edward de Bono.

The book was highly recommended by my dad who said it would teach me to think creatively.

The author says having a beautiful mind is more important than having a beautiful body.

24 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Chinglish takes shape

When it comes to speaking English, Hong Kong students have been known to conjure up the liveliest of expressions.

If a student wants to make sure his friends won't stand him up before a get-together, it wouldn't be unusual for him to say, 'Don't fly me aeroplane'.

29 Mar 2007 - 12:00am