'Pen friend' helps pupils pick up Putonghua

A Year Three student uses the pen during a Putonghua class at Canadian International School. Photo: Paul Yeung

Ismael Benmoussa had trouble in his Putonghua class at Canadian International School of Hong Kong last year, but no more. His improvement isn't because of the Chinese tutor his parents hired, but because of a new audio pen his class has been trying out.

Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 10:14am

Middle-class Pakistani students set sights on Chinese education and jobs

Pakistani schoolchildren learn Putonghua from their Chinese teacher at a private school in Islamabad. China offers around 500 scholarships a year and cheaper fees. Photo: AFP

When Misbah Rashid taught Chinese 30 years ago, few signed up. Today his department has more than 200 Pakistani students, increasingly attracted by the prospect of an affordable education and a job.

11 Mar 2013 - 5:21am

Revered and reviled, Shanghai dialect is making a comeback among youth

Shanghai comedian Zhou Libo

Even as Shanghai strives to be a more international city, locals insist that its unique dialect must be saved to preserve its cultural identity.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:06am 4 comments

Le Chinese tour de luxe

Mainland Chinese shoppers are bolstering prospects for luxury European brands like Milan-based Prada. Photo: Bloomberg

Move aside Mona Lisa. More Chinese visitors are headed to Paris and they are picking luxury stores such as Galeries Lafayette over visits to the Louvre.

19 Jan 2013 - 5:12am

Hong Kong citizens need to be trilingual

Sunshine House International Pre-Schools, which runs eight kindergartens in Hong Kong, is extending its Putonghua programme to toddlers and infants. Photo: Edward Wong

I refer to Andrew Au's letter ("Putonghua has limited appeal in Hong Kong", January 3).

I agree with the point your correspondent made about the importance of language skills in Hong Kong, especially when being given the title of "Asia's world city".

18 Jan 2013 - 1:52am

Letters to the Editor, January 3, 2013

A stronger PLA will be good for the nation. Photo: Reuters

Time almost stands still at Now TV

After reading the correspondence focusing on Now TV often showing repeats of BBC series, I am writing to say that this is too often the case and is widespread across English-language channels.

Now Broadband TV might transmit over the internet, yet is a company where time almost stands still.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:21am 5 comments

Putonghua rises in jobs importance

Wanted: job candidates who speak Putonghua.

In Hong Kong these days, more and more bankers need to be able to speak the language, given the increasing amount of business related to mergers and acquisitions, wealth management, corporate finance, new stock market listings and credit risk that involves mainland clients.

29 Oct 2012 - 9:57pm

Getting into characters

I remember being surprised, about eight years ago, when the boss of the research agency I worked for suggested that my colleagues and I took Putonghua lessons. At the time, almost nobody in Mumbai thought of anything beyond French or the occasional other European language lesson.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Cognac a natural with Chinese cuisine

Wine might go well with cheese yet we wouldn't normally say the same about the combination of cognac and Chinese food.

Winemaker Camus, however, threw a cognac-pairing lunch last week at Island Tang to launch its new Camus Cuvee 4.176. There are no more than 1,000 bottles available in the world, including the ones sampled at the tasting.

8 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

TV and chat 'useful in learning Putonghua'

Teachers need to use more effective learning strategies in the teaching of Putonghua in secondary schools, an academic said this week.

Leung Yin-bing, associate professor of education studies at Baptist University, said teachers should encourage students to watch Putonghua television programmes and practise speaking the language with their classmates.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing urges Hongkongers to get better grasp of Putonghua

Hongkongers should brush up on their Putonghua to make the most of closer economic and social ties with the mainland, according to a draft landmark report by the Ministry of Education.

23 May 2006 - 12:00am

Putonghua radio marks broadcasting milestone

The first Putonghua radio service in the territory began broadcasting last month.

The service, launched by Secretary for Broadcasting, Culture and Sport Chau Tak-hay, marks a new era in Hong Kong - the advent of trilingual broadcasting in Cantonese, English and Putonghua.

9 Apr 1997 - 12:00am

Language contest launched

IN a bid to arouse students' interest in Putonghua, three local universities have organised the first Inter-varsity Putonghua competition.

The universities involved are the City University of Hong Kong, Baptist University and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

18 Jan 1996 - 12:00am