Archive for July, 2006

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

What I say does not equal what I write

For foreigners trying to learn Cantonese vocabulary and/or make an effort to read written Chinese in Cantonese; you will quickly discover that there is nearly always 2 forms for each word: The written version and the spoken version. It amazes me how Cantonese learners/Hong Kong students learn to write/read Chinese (based on Mandarin) and […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Cantonese by 馬先生

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Learning Traditional and Simplified characters

I found an interesting documentary regarding the influences and difficulties of learning traditional and simplified characters in society. I found it quite impressive that an American (Brian) goes to Australia for 4 years to work and learn to speak Cantonese; then went to Hong Kong 1 year ago to study Chinese characters. […]

3 Comments » - Posted in Language by 馬先生

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Why learn Cantonese? Mandarin is more useful and easier

I’m sure most foreigners trying to learn Cantonese has heard “Why learn Cantonese? Mandarin is more useful and easier” at least once in their life.
I’ll give an example; you are in Hong Kong and 99% of people around you are speaking Cantonese. Your wife, radio, television, and all people on the streets […]

8 Comments » - Posted in Cantonese by 馬先生