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Where has all the politeness gone?

Tuesday, 17 July, 2012, 12:00am

We're talking mother and father tongue

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

When the going gets tough, let's not get rude

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

A special day there down under

G'day! Today Australians celebrate their national day. Australia Day is a holiday across the country.

Big party

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

PR hands do well in shake-up of top police

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

Only use slang when you have to

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

This week: Is slang harmful?

Chan On-yee, 22

Top tunes: J-Pop

15 May 2008 - 12:00am

Let's talk about this ASAP

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

Be polite and make HK a friendlier city

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

Practice makes speaking easier

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