Archive for October, 2006

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Steve Kaufmann - how to study languages

Steve Kaufmann who can speak 9 languages fluently is interviewed in both Mandarin and English about learning languages.

Part 1: 08:16min

Part 2: 09:56min

Part 3: 09:32min


Very informative interview (English part), however, I couldn’t understand any of the Mandarin.

3 Comments » - Posted in Learning by 馬先生

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Dodgy Pinyin

How can a school be teaching dodgy romanisations of Cantonese characters? I often see junk like “Ngorr maai boujee” and “lay haai joong gock yaan” all over chat sites or forums. Its actually amazing that people are able to read this rubbish, but the worst is a school that teaches made-up romanised words. […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Cantonese by 馬先生

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

粵講粵啱 - Better Cantonese

I found on RTHK, a programme about promoting better pronunciation of Cantonese in Hong Kong. I’ve noticed my listening skills improving greatly, as I was able to understand much of the show. After watching the programme, I corrected some of my pronunciation mistakes. I hope you enjoy.

Part 1: 06:11min

Part 2: 04:35min

Part 3: […]

2 Comments » - Posted in Language by 馬先生

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Non-Chinese Cantonese Speakers

Found some interesting HKATV documentaries on Non-Chinese people speaking Cantonese in Hong Kong:


Part 1: 03:24min

Part 2: 07:17min

Part 3: 09:39min



Part 1: 04:38min

Part 2: 06:01min

Part 3: 09:49min


New Zealand / Australian

Part 1: 09:17min

Part 2: 05:30min

Part 3: 05:14min



Part 1: 09:25min

Part 2: 05:29min

Part 3: 05:20min

4 Comments » - Posted in Cantonese by 馬先生

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Teaching broken English

I know it’s none of my business, but I just want to rant about something that disgusts me.
I once caught a Sydney train back home from work and witnessed a Chinese woman speaking extremely broken and beginner level English to her children that were about 5 and 7 years old. This normally wouldn’t cause […]

1 Comment » - Posted in Language by 馬先生