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Under their definition, Cantonese would be regarded as a separate language because it is not mutually intelligible with Mandarin or other dialects of China.
But issues relating to the status of Cantonese are likely to rear their ugly head any time debates on languages surface. How a Mandarin course caused chaos at Baptist University The sensitivity surrounding language debates is not hard to understand, as language is closely related to race, culture and identity, and impinges on politics as well as education.
Politics and the English language: The campaign was not without controversy, but it was pushed with such efficiency that the percentage of the population fluent in Mandarin rose from 26 per cent in to over 60 per cent inand continued to increase. In the public school system, it is hard to find teachers, let alone students, who are truly proficient in both official languages and in speaking Mandarin.
Large numbers of Hong Kong students trail their Singaporean counterparts in their mastery of English and Mandarin Affluent parents vote with their feet and send their children to international schools to equip their children with better English.
Parents pay a premium for international schools that offer rigorous courses in Chinese language and culture, taught in Mandarin.
This led to a significant decline in the English standard in schools that taught in Chinese. In terms of educational attainment, large numbers of Hong Kong students trail their Singaporean counterparts in their mastery of English and Mandarin, the languages on which we increasingly rely for a living.
Politically, our government does not seem able so far to wrap its head round all the contentious language and identity issues that continue to simmer in Hong Kong. The existence of many tongues should not be an impediment to a unified vision of our future and destiny but, in Hong Kong, a lack of foresight and policy mistakes mean that language debates will continue to engender discord.
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