[What’s up with English in Hong Kong?] 【香港的英語是怎麼了?】

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[What’s Up with English in Hong Kong]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Image: marianlyman.wordpress.com

It feels like just about every other week that you read a new article by some or other Hong Kong publication about how the standard of English is Hong Kong is lowering or how Hong Kong is no longer as competitive as other Asian states due its lower English standards. Well, you’ve got to ask – for a place with vast material wealth, super-fast internet and almost universal access to media, why don’t they just fix it?

Well, of course there can be no simply answer to a problem as multi-faceted problem as this, but there are some glaringly obvious problems which could easily be resolved.

  1. English TV Programmes

It is a well-known fact that people are at their most receptive to languages when they are still young. The simple answer then: massively increase the amount of kids’ programmes available in English. This is an easy one for a place with a budget surplus.

  1. Stop Being Shy

The fastest way to learning a language is to practice it. The culture in Hong Kong where people make fun of one another for not being able to speak English properly (“goodest English”?) is not just counter-productive, but downright illogical. There is nothing funny about someone try to better themselves.

  1. English Side-Lined as a Language of instruction in Schools

There is absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of Cantonese and promoting it in schools, but the corollary of that is by no means necessarily to put English in the backseat.

The length of article does not allow a full exploration of any of these points, but there is much to be said for all of them. Like it or not English is the World Language and being able to speak is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

 

【香港的英語是怎麼了?】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS(匯豐業昕堂)

圖: marianlyman.wordpress.com

感覺每週都會讀到香港出版的文章,批評香港的英語標準降低了,或是由此導致香港的競爭力不如亞洲其他國家。也許你會問,香港擁有豐富的物質,快速的網絡和觸手可及的媒體,為何不對此採取措施呢。當然,這個問題涉及許多方面,不是簡單一兩句話就能回答的。不過,還是有些顯而易見的解決方法。

  1. 英語電視節目

衆所周知,人們在年輕的時候對語言的接受能力最強。一個簡單的方法就是:大量增加英文兒童節目。對預算盈餘的地方這個方法再簡單不過。

  1. 別害羞

學習語言最快的方式是不斷練習。拿別人講錯的地方開玩笑這種風氣不僅會起到反效果,而且簡直不可理喻。一個人想要變得更好沒什麼可笑的。

  1. 把英語發展成教學語言

以廣東話為驕傲並在學校推廣完全無可非議,但是也不能對英語置之不理。

由於篇幅所限,不能對每一點詳加解釋。不論喜歡與否,英語是世界語言,講英語不再是一種選擇,而是一種必然。

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