Posts Tagged ‘language’

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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PMI: A Better Choice For Chinese Teachers?

PMI: A Better Choice For Chinese Teachers?

As more and more schools choose to teach Chinese in Putonghua, many local teachers and teachers-to-be fear they will be passed over for teachers who speak Putonghua as their mother tongue. There are signs that some schools would rather hire native Putonghua speakers to teach Chinese even if they have no university training in Chinese language. But should this really be a criterion for picking Chinese teachers?

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The Perfect Mix

The Perfect Mix

Some Hong Kong parents pay high school fees to let their children have an international education in the city’s international schools but at one government-aided primary school in Mid-levels, local and expatriate pupils learn with and from each other in a setting that mixes local and international elements. Varsity meets and teachers and children of this multicultural school.

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It Takes Two to Lingo

It Takes Two to Lingo

Varsity checks out a free mobile app that puts the fun back into learning a foreign language.

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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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Defending Cantonese

Defending Cantonese

Hong Kongers take inspiration from pro-Cantonese movement in Guangdong and stand up to defend their mother tongue from encroachment from Putonghua.

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Parents Opt for English

Parents Opt for English

Meet the local Cantonese-speaking parents who will only speak to their children. They say they want their kids to have a head-start. But experts tell Varsity kids have more to gain from a multilingual environment.

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Putonghua – a better way to learn?

Putonghua – a better way to learn?

As more and more schools teach Chinese in Putonghua, teachers, parents and students tell Varsity whether they think it’s a better way to learn.

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A Wordy Debate

A Wordy Debate

An official signboard in the New Territories written in simplified Chinese sparked a backlash against the writing system. Purists fear simplified characters will replace traditional characters in Hong Kong.

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