Standard Cantonese

Mark my words

Chinese-language chauvinists take note: Cantonese is anything but a minor southern dialect of only localised importance.

Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

Speak and span

EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT, 10 adults spend an hour in a tiny classroom on Nathan Road in Mong Kok, polishing their phonetic skills. The group includes professionals and senior executives, and they enunciate every syllable, loud and clear, so their coach can spot any flaws.

15 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Cantonese language tool for struggling pupils

The world's first-ever Cantonese oral language assessment tool for pre-primary and primary schoolchildren has been launched in Hong Kong.

The tool - the Hong Kong Cantonese Oral Language Assessment Scale - aims to identify children with language difficulties at an early stage and help them accordingly.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Spare us a language lecture

Your correspondent must make an embarrassing confession. Despite more than 21 years in Hong Kong his Cantonese is still poor. He learned most of it living on Cheung Chau years ago and it never progressed past the simplest conversation.

18 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Use Cantonese please

The use of Cantonese is becoming more widespread in Hong Kong: most Government departments and private companies now use both Cantonese and English at the same time.

Moreover, most schools use Cantonese as the teaching medium in order to keep up with a society that is gradually confirming the status of Cantonese.

1 May 1996 - 12:00am

Use font editor to show Pin Yin tones

I HAVE been using Microsoft Word for Windows version 6.0 and Twinbridge version 3.3 to allow both Chinese characters and English text to be displayed in the same document.

One problem I have is how to show tones when entering Pin Yin.

18 Oct 1994 - 12:00am