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Newtown Post time: 2015-11-18 16:47
Anyone who writes "bcoz", "cantonese". "mandarin" and "chinese" without a capital letter, misspell ...
English is not my native tongue nor my daily means of communication, i only started to pick up abc in my teen yrs. considering my inadequate language talent and the amount of effort I have put into learning the language, I am quite at ease with some apparent inadequacy and lesser competence with the language as long as my message gets across. the many mis-spelts is telling enough of my less than average calibre and I have little intention to project othetwise. After all this is only a social forum full of strangers. Of course to write like an native is a goal worth striving for but the scope of being realistic should come bigger than the ideal or nothing gets a start. Besides, English writing is phonic based, the written form of most if not all english vocabs have changed significantly in the last 1000yrs. It would surprise me the least if 'ur', gotcha' 'wanna' 'bcoz' become the norm in another 50yrs. Telephone first appeared 100yrs ago. Phone replacing telephone happened in the last 50yrs. If a foreigner could manage to criticize my chinese ability, then I should indeed feel ashamed of myself.
In Hk's hey days a couple decades back, Hk might have attracted quite some attention from the mainland's elites. Nowadays, most of the better chinese brains wouldnt give a damn about what's going on in Hk. Only the less than average one like me would bother to delve into Hk issues. My purpose here is clear and loud: since there seems to have been little media coverage about why cantonese was made official in Hk in 1972, I just feel the need to spread the relevant information and to advocate that
CANTONESE's official status in hk should be ABOLISHED!
As said previously, I welcome argument of sense and logic to challenge against mine. By focusing on my mis-spelling from beginning to the end, to the less than average me it looks like either the pettiness of much ado about nothing, or big sale of wit. If during an argument with a foreigner on a chinese forum the only point I could grasp to pin down the foreigner is all about his poor command of the Chinese language, that should fit into the flimsiest of all possible arguments just right.
The topic concerns the disassociation of Hk from China as evident from the openly displayed anti-China sentiment among the audience and I think language plays a part in the root of disassociation. Misinformation regarding the superiority of cantonese over mandarin is prevalent in Hk. Part of my post regarding cantonese's general poor perception among chinese and foreigners did not get to come up. The poor perception is relevant to my argument about cantonese's irrelevance in hk's surge. The circumstantial factors that made hk was the backdrop of China's chao upon western invasion, hk benefited from shanghai's downfall and later becoming the only window open to the west for China. Given such circumstances, even Hk were just full of '250', Hk could still rise and shine effortlessly as the pearl of the orient. Hk being just an circumstantial outcome, change of circumstances will change hk's fate easily, hence the inevitability of Hk's going downhill upon the fading of those favourable circumstantial factors. Only innate competitiveness could adept well to changes and sustain the winning edge.
I have had enough encounters with the average hk ppl to pass the remark that their chinese competence is appalling but their English level seems to have attracted even more attention. given english's official status and the plentiful English-learning resources in hk, hk ppl's English competence is rated below Indonesia by an international education organization.