The Decline of the General Accent in Hong Kong

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In the last 50 years, Hong Kong emerged as a metropolis with Cantonese dominating the school, the media and later also the Government. Hakka is now restricted to remote settlements, old people and only in the family or village domain.

Therefore, this is the last minute to catch a picture of the vanishing Hakka dialect in Hong : Chunfat Lau. The decline of the general Hakka accent in Hong Kong: a comparison of "old-style" and "new-style" as spoken by the indigenous inhabitants.

I would not say Hong Kong is on the decline. It lost its direction, but (fingers crossed) it is slowly finding its way. Hong Kong before the handover was a British colony that only focused on economic gains and apolitical in general.

Hongkongers w. Why Hong Kong is a city in decline. Hong The Decline of the General Accent in Hong Kong book commuters travel on a tram with a design commemorating the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese sovereignty. The obsession with safeguarding the. Hong Kong English is the English language as it is used in Hong Kong.

The variant is either a learner interlanguage or emergent variant, primarily a result of Hong Kong's British overseas territory history and the influence of native Hong Kong Cantonese speakers. When the costs of World War II and the Japanese Empire broke the back of Europe's colonies in Asia, a new chapter began in Hong Kong as well.

Prof. Tsang shows a Hong Kong that somewhat resembles the United States in that it is a refuge for immigrants from troubled foreign countries, although in the case of Hong Kong almost everyone came from Reviews:   When I first visited Hong Kong fifteen years ago British English was certainly more prevalent, but it has since been supplanted by American English.

British English simply doesn't have the cachet that it held under British rule. American English d. Spoken English shows great variation across regions where it is the predominant language.

This article provides an overview of the numerous identifiable variations in pronunciation; such distinctions usually derive from the phonetic inventory of local dialects, as well as from broader differences in the Standard English of different primary-speaking populations.

English in Hong Kong: Emergence and Decline John E. Joseph Department of Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh, 14 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LN The current situation of English in Hong Kong is the subject of two competing discourses, a public one centred on the decline of language standards, and an academic.

American accent schools flourishing in Hong Kong “There’s a degree of prestige associated with both the UK and the US accents compared. The End of Hong Kong Is Almost Here but those countries retain the option to decline an It is not just about politics or the growing mainlandization of Hong Kong, but about Hong Kongers.

Answer 1 of I assumed English would be quite widely spoken in Hong Kong, and was surprised how few people could speak it, to anything more than a few words.

I assume that perhaps its not taught so much anymore in the schools since the colony was handed back. Hong Kong's official tourism guide includes tourist information on attractions, events, shopping and dining, vacation holiday packages, street maps, virtual tours and travel planning itineraries to experience Hong Kong's unique international living culture.

Visit Hong Kong, Asia's top travel destination. At midnight on July 1,Hong Kong was peaceably handed over to China in a ceremony attended by numerous international dignitaries, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles. Because Hong Kong is a major metropolis (and a former British colony), people often arrive in Hong Kong with high expectations about the level of English.

In general, they will be disappointed. Hong Kongers are far from fluent in English, and it certainly isn’t a second mother tongue. Debates about Hong Kong’s fate are convulsing the city—at family dinner tables, online, and, above all, in the streets.

Since June, demonstrations sparked by a bill to allow extraditions from. The role of pronunciation teaching in Hong Kong 86 Pronunciation models 87 Hong Kong English: status and attitudes 90 Assessing variety status 90 Attitudes and identity 92 HKE accent studies 94 The phonology of Hong Kong English 96.

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Media caption The BBC's Helier Cheung on Hong Kong's protests. It was a British colony for more than years - part of it, Hong Kong island, was ceded to. Hong Kong belonged to Dongguan County, Guangzhou Prefecture, Southern Han during the Ten Kingdoms period.

Near the end of the Tang Dynasty, Zhu Wen, a general of the rebel Huang Chao, surrendered to the Tang emperor made him a powerful being invited to kill off all eunuchs at court, he controlled the court and forced Emperor Zhaozong and the people to move to.

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Hong Kong Island became a remote part of the Chinese Empire during the rule of the first Ts’in/Qin emperors. It remained part of various Chinese dynasties for the next 2, years.

c A large number of Chinese refugees settled in the Hong Kong area, after they were driven from their homes during the Mongol conquest of the Song dynasty.

Due to this simple operation territory of Hong Kong increased in a one time in couple of times. Hong Kong was formally declared a free port to serve as an entrepot for the British Empire. On December 8, Japan attacked Hong Kong.

Decem battle for Hong Kong finished because of lose of Britain and Canadian forces. The attitudes of Hong Kong students towards Hong Kong English and Mandarin-accented English - Volume 29 Issue 2 - Qi Zhang ‘ The dynamics of the Hong Kong accent: ‘ English in Hong Kong: emergence and decline.’ Current Issues in Language and Society, 3, – Kachru.

Hong Kong is one of China’s semi-autonomous regions, operating under the “one country, two systems” principle that was laid out in the Sino-British Declaration of While China saw several seismic changes throughout the 20th century, from the fall of the Qing dynasty to Chinese Civil War, Hong Kong – a British crown colony from until – was largely shielded from these.

The truth is Hong Kong has a bit of a "class segregation" based on how well you speak English and also the accent that you speak it with. White people are generally held in high regard, especially the British, linking back to their accent.

Hong Kongers are generally more respected if they can speak excellent English, especially if they speak. The Hong Kong accent includes the Broad Hong Kong accent (HKbr) and Educated Hong Kong accent (HKed).

Furthermore, the research aims to examine the relationship between identity and attitudes toward accents, which can be explained by the social identity theory (Tajfel & Turner, ) and accent prestige theory (Giles, ; Fuertes, Potere.

(CNN) — marks the year anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. While there have been some changes in that period, for the most part Hong Kong is still a. As a local Hong Konger, I wouldn't say we are extremely bad at English, but we are definitely not good at it.

Why it is not bad - An English speaker can survive in Hong Kong without having the need to learn Chinese/Cantonese. A lot of the people including the older generations can understand and communicate with simple English. In Hong Kong, American Accent Schools Boom Agence France Presse Agence France Presse TO GO WITH Lifestyle-education-Hong-Kong-language,FEATURE-SPECIAL by Peter Hutchison This picture taken on Septem shows children attending a class to learn how to speak English with an American accent at the Nature EQ school in Hong Kong.

Acting Head of English at Hong Kong’s City University, Dr Rodney Jones, told AFP: “There’s no doubt that the American accent is becoming more prevalent here. The main reason is because people are more exposed to it. “In the past in Hong Kong there was a sense that speaking in a British accent made you sound more educated.

I don't think there is a single word (or two words, for that matter) to describe somebody from Hong Kong in general use. - Kef superdavid Mon am GMT. Then, what about the movie of Hong Kong or the restaurant of Hong Kong. Would you just say 'Hong Kong movie' and 'Hong Kong restaurant'.

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Lazar. Was just curious if anyone has noticed a rather odd mish-mash English accent from their children given the international nature (Australian, British.Post-handover, the colony of Hong Kong became the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) and for official purposes is a part of China.

But, for all intents and purposes, it is allowed to operate as an independent country. Below are just some of the ways Hong Kong behaves like an independent country.This book examines the British cultural engagement with Hong Kong in the second half of the twentieth century.

It shows how the territory fit unusually within Britain’s decolonisation narratives and served as an occasional foil for examining Britain’s own culture during a period of perceived stagnation and decline.