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8Cc1q3D8 - Il y a 4 ans
Hi Leona,Thanks for linking to the orgniial speech.What a wonderful and frank paragraph about the use of English and Mandarin in Hong Kong (see enclosed).In Calgary, some Canadian parents are sending their little ones to Chinese immersion as oppose to French immersion school. So it is particularly sad to see a generation of HK kids' language skills (both English and Mandarin) being worst because of some failed grant educational policy experiments initiated by the former HK government under Tung.Regards,Kempton****P.S. An excerpt from the CG's speech,"I do not mean, of course, that the elite speak [English] less well, that is not so. And there are still scholarly people, like Sir TL Yang, whose command of my language is considerably better than my own. But on the streets, in shops, taxis and more generally, English is fading fast. Confronted with incomprehension over the last few years, I have sometimes tried Mandarin, but quite often that does not work any better. Now while Cantonese is a wonderful and famously expressive language, it won't do for a city that wants to be international, Asia's World City, indeed. Foreigners are increasingly prepared to learn Mandarin, and doing so in large numbers: but Cantonese simply doesn't have the pull."