Official Bilingualism in Canada

Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

Canada's bilingual population on decline for first time in 50 years

The bilingual English-French portion of Canada's population is on the decline, as the number of immigrants whose first language is neither English nor French grows, the country's statistics agency said.

Friday, 31 May, 2013, 4:55am


Interfering in religious life of church

I refer to the letter from Lai Shing-kin ('Church right to ordain own bishops', July 14) which asserts that unapproved episcopal ordinations in China should not be treated as a sin.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bilingualism helps boost brain power and hearing

Nei ho, bonjour, konnichiwa, shalom, annyong, hello. Speaking more than one language not only breaks down communication barriers, but a new study has found biological evidence that bilingualism also improves hearing and enhances attention and working memory.

1 May 2012 - 12:00am

Well-spoken, but struggling to be heard

While we debate declining language standards and failures at bilingualism, we often overlook the groups in our midst who have been most successful linguistically - the ethnic minorities. Many younger members of the city's South Asian communities speak excellent English and Cantonese, as well as Hindi or Urdu, if not more languages.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Schools' bilingualism could be catching

Bilingualism in Hong Kong has remained an elusive goal. It is like soccer here: everyone loves the sport, yet our local leagues are dismal and getting worse. There are, of course, some exceptions but they only prove the rule. And that was why I wanted to talk to Nelly Fung, and to know the secret of her success.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Bilingual schools have enviable record

I read with interest the report headlined, 'Bilingualism 'hinders children's reading' ' (South China Morning Post, May 26).

Your reporter quotes widely the views of Professor Chen Hsuan-chih of Chinese University that Hong Kong children lag behind their mainland counterparts in the reading levels in the primary school years.

7 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Chinese only

We regularly hear that the Government is fully committed to the continuation of bilingualism in Hong Kong, and how the SAR must maintain its international outlook and use of English.

May I therefore inquire why the MTRC provides Octopus add-value screens in Chinese only? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED

12 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Language in court queried

The Government should avoid any potential judicial hiccups by clarifying whether it was a legal policy to enforce bilingualism in the Court of Final Appeal, members of the provisional legislature said yesterday.

The Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal Ordinance has appeared 'silent' on bilingualism.

22 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Plan for judiciary rejected

RECOMMENDATIONS aimed at speeding up localisation in the Legal Department have been rejected as unnecessary and superfluous.

The proposals were made by a departmental working group after it admitted that allowing expatriate officers to transfer to local terms would reduce the chances of promotion for locals.

23 Sep 1993 - 12:00am