Posts Tagged ‘Cantonese’

Mind your language!

Mind your language!

In 1997, the government announced a dramatic shift in education policy, replacing English with Chinese as the medium of instruction in Hong Kong schools. Not long afterwards it said it was making the teaching of Chinese in Putonghua a long-term goal. These were just some of the big education reforms that have been instituted in the last 20 years, which have left teachers scrambling to adapt and keep up, and students struggling under heavy workloads.

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A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

A Proverb Speaks A Thousand Words

The Cantonese language has many evocative folk sayings and proverbs where a few Chinese words can convey a long message in a vivid and concise way. As the social context in which these saying arose changes, some are beginning to fade out, but this has drawn attention to the need to preserve them.

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Do you speak Kongish ar?

Do you speak Kongish ar?

People in Hong Kong use “Kongish,” a new kind of Hong Kong-style English, and there’s even a Facebook page celebrating this unique way of communicating. Some say that it’s not just a kind of short hand; it’s a way for Hongkongers to express their identity.

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Cecilie Gamst Berg’s Canto Crush

Cecilie Gamst Berg’s Canto Crush

She’s just crazy — about Cantonese that is. Meet Cecile Gamst Berg, the Norwegian who has made it a life mission to make Cantonese a world language, starting with her unconventional language classes and outlandish online videos.

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