Archive for August, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Why can’t Caucasians learn Cantonese?

I hate when people tell me “your Cantonese is very good” but say it in English. Finally, all my built up frustration over the years can be explained by this video…

A while back, someone on the Cantonese learning forum described:
There are two Hong Kong’s.
Hong Kong (香港,香講) and Hong (m) Kong (香唔港, 香唔講).
“Heung Gong” (香港,香講) […]

10 Comments » - Posted in Language, Learning, Cantonese by 馬先生

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Discrimination and Chinese Language

I came across an article (少數族裔不懂中文搵工難 - siu2 sou3 zuk6 jeoi6 bat1 dung2 zung1 man4 wan2 gung1 naan4) in Yahoo about Ethnic Minorities finding it difficult to find work in Hong Kong. The article describes a young man Mohammad, which I previously met briefly last month.
He tells the story that he can speak fluent […]

3 Comments » - Posted in Language by 馬先生

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

I am very happy to meet John Wakefield

I am very happy that last saturday I met John Wakefield (莊域飛) in Sha Tin. John and his wife were super nice and I learnt a lot about his life, Cantonese and other aspects of life.
My wife agreed that John now speaks like a 100% Native Hong Kong person. Pretty happy […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Hong Kong by 馬先生

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

American speaking Fluent Chinese

Iranian American Speaking Fluent Chinese (both Cantonese and Mandarin) Started learning Chinese at 19 and now speaks perfect Chinese in both Cantonese and Mandarin, and what’s more incredible he has never been to China or Hong Kong.

I think he is naturally gifted in languages and speaking in general. He didn’t even have one “ummm” […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Cantonese by 馬先生