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ngajia Post time: 2017-11-10 00:17
Please provide some specific names as example. It would be very interesting to see how they manage ...


Macau and Hong Kong have been inhabited for a long time by Westerners who learnt the local language and actually became cultural bridgebuilders.

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seneca Post time: 2017-11-10 09:40
Macau and Hong Kong have been inhabited for a long time by Westerners who learnt the local langua ...

  Actually, most HK residents felt a compulsion to learn English when Britain was still the ruler of HK, particularly the educated and well-off ones, who took pride in  being members of the British kingdom. Some local residents living in HK are still adamant that they belong to Britain or cleave to the British culture.

  Indeed, HK has already been mainlandized; TVB, the biggest TV network in HK, was taken over by a mainland media company two or three years ago.  Another local TV network, which's not pro-mainland,  was force to shut it down after the government dithered over giving it a license.

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Jessiewow Post time: 2017-11-8 13:40
I wish Chinese will be more and more international.

I have doubts on that. There are no indications it's going to be an international language like English.    Admittedly, some chic foreign stores might coax their clerks to learn Chinese in a bid to please Chinese shoppers keen on splashing out on luxury items. Some American shops have already done this; one of the female clerks working for a best-known American boutique reportedly spoke Chinese when she was talking to a few Chinese shoppers.

  I think more and more foreign stores will follow suit or adopt the same tactic, such as hiring more clerks who are able to speak some  Chinese words. Yet that doesn't suggest these clerks truly speak Chinese well because they only know the words the Chinese use when they go shopping.

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seneca Post time: 2017-11-8 09:49
For native Chinese there are only two categories of difficulty in learning a foreign language: Very, ...

And what makes you to reach this "conclusion"?

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ngajia Post time: 2017-11-9 08:40
It's not that difficult to learn to read a foreign language,  it is a different story trying to writ ...

"...it is a different story trying to write in one,  especially when it is from a different language family."

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tedbrent Post time: 2017-11-10 10:50
Actually, most HK residents felt a compulsion to learn English when Britain was still the ruler  ...



Among the Westerners living in HK there have at all times been sinophiles who adapted to Chinese customs. I once met two twin brothers who were born in HK to an Irish father (I forgot the mother) and who spoke no English but impeccable Cantonese.

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tedbrent Post time: 2017-11-10 10:50
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In the 1980s through the 1990s there was a journalist by the surname of Sinclair, a wine aficionado, a transplant from New Zealand, who was fluent in Cantonese and actually published a Cantonese dictionary.

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