Where has all the politeness gone?Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am
The One Person, One Language (OPOL) method is arguably the most widely used approach for multilingual children. The idea is that each parent uses one language when communicating with their children, typically their mother tongue, so youngsters associate that language with that parent. But such roles need not be so clearly defined.11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am
Travelling from one place to another can sometimes be a breeze. Often, however, it is anything but.
Buses can be late, taxis unavailable, trains packed, flights may get cancelled.
We may easily become stressed and lose our temper. That's a mistake. We should always keep our cool and remain well-mannered, even during gruelling commutes.31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
G'day! Today Australians celebrate their national day. Australia Day is a holiday across the country.
Most Australians like to celebrate the day by having a barbecue with their families.
After the barbeque, they watch the firework displays which are held all over the country.26 Jan 2011 - 12:00am
A top-level police force reshuffle was announced yesterday with five out of eight senior officers being recommended for promotion having experience in heading the force's public relations work.20 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Many 'hip words' come from foreign languages. A lot of teenagers today talk in a mix of tongues. It is not easy to guess the meanings of 'hip' expressions like 'O-mouth'.
By using such words, teenagers feel they are trendy. If you don't use them, you will probably be treated as an outsider.25 Feb 2009 - 12:00am
Chan On-yee, 22
Top tunes: J-Pop15 May 2008 - 12:00am
Slang, abbreviations and 'text talk' are becoming popular these days. People use simple words to represent difficult words or whole concepts, such as 'ASAP' which means 'as soon as possible'.
Once, my friend lost marks for using slang. It is not seen as proper language. But some people think it helps them to communicate with others.22 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
I think a lot of Hong Kong people are impolite. Undoubtedly, education levels in the city are rising. But a high level of education does not necessarily mean that people will be polite.3 Mar 2008 - 12:00am
I find that speaking English is the most difficult aspect of the language.
Nowadays, English is used almost everywhere in the world. Most local students have difficulty finding the right words when they speak a foreign language.
We talk in Chinese every day, so it's hard for us to master English.26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
There has recently been more debate about the optimal type of English to be used by teachers in Hong Kong's schools. Providing English classes in our schools cannot be intended simply to enable local children to speak just like their teachers as an end in itself.16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am
They were everyone's idea of the perfect grandparents: law-abiding, community-minded, inseparable. So when Sydney pensioners Alan and Judith Howle were killed in a horror car smash involving drag racers, it was front-page news.2 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
Hongkongers have fared poorly in a survey ranking politeness around the world - but we are the best in Asia at holding open doors.21 Jun 2006 - 12:00am
Jockey Club Auditorium
Some of the most familiar faces from Indian television will take a break from their soap operas and play it for laughs this weekend in the black comedy Hey No Sorry! No Thanks!15 Sep 2005 - 12:00am
Aaron Lai, 14
A pleasant and enjoyable relationship requires communication, displaying politeness rather than discourtesy; trust, taking the time to confide in each other; respect, patience, compromise and lastly tolerance.
Vishal Mirpuri, 165 Sep 2004 - 12:00am