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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor:
    How would i know what i want translated
    Menus in HK are standard for common dishes in local restaurants. Your friend could tell you what these dishes are in English.
    Recognise the characters and you are on your way!
    Btw, relieved is the word for Leeds winning last night... but worried if they continue playing this way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor:
    So if you want to get sucked off 9 times by a rough looking hooker all you need is one three letter word.
    Or she may think you are asking if 9 dicks on each dog is enough!
    Gau = dick = 9 = enough = dog = each

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    Quote Originally Posted by jw1701:
    I'll respectfully disagree with you on that - it is, so to speak possible to teach an old dog new tricks
    I am not saying it can't be done but it would have to take an almighty effort!

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    There is no way that any foreigners coming to HK will be able to learn Cantonese from scratch. Having a grasps of the basics is all that is needed. I say this in due respect that Cantonese is something that needs to be instilled from birth in order to get the proper tones. Unlike English, cantonese words cannot bw pronounced with different accents.
    Take for example gau. Phonetically speaking coukd mean dog, but in another tone could mean 9 or even mean your dick.
    After a certain age, people develop their own accents and parts of their throats become solid and hence our accents stays with us.i
    To say learn cantonese like a local is near impossible.
    Even some people who have been here a majority of their lives still have not mustered the tones.
    I suggest just learn the basics to get by.


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    I had a car once that had PK as the first two letters of the number plate.....if you're a teacher, don't get a car with PK as the first two letters of the number plate.

    End of Cantonese lesson 1.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HKITperson:
    Menus in HK are standard for common dishes in local restaurants. Your friend could tell you what these dishes are in English.
    Recognise the characters and you are on your way!
    Btw, relieved is the word for Leeds winning last night... but worried if they continue playing this way.
    When are you going to join us for a televised game in Trafalgar?

    Just seen the goals, nice finish from Poleon.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x15...?search_algo=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKITperson:
    There is no way that any foreigners coming to HK will be able to learn Cantonese from scratch. Having a grasps of the basics is all that is needed. I say this in due respect that Cantonese is something that needs to be instilled from birth in order to get the proper tones. Unlike English, cantonese words cannot bw pronounced with different accents.
    Take for example gau. Phonetically speaking coukd mean dog, but in another tone could mean 9 or even mean your dick.
    After a certain age, people develop their own accents and parts of their throats become solid and hence our accents stays with us.i
    To say learn cantonese like a local is near impossible.
    Simply not true as there are many examples of adults having learned proper and very understandable Cantonese:


    I myself started learning in my middle twenties, and can speak and read Canto quite well (if I may say so). While some people may pick up on some odd accents or phrasings here and there, that's actually no different to the english of HK local who studied in the US for some time for instance. It's all about language immersion, and the motivation to learn a particular language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatts:
    Simply not true as there are many examples of adults having learned proper and very understandable Cantonese:


    I myself started learning in my middle twenties, and can speak and read Canto quite well (if I may say so). While some people may pick up on some odd accents or phrasings here and there, that's actually no different to the english of HK local who studied in the US for some time for instance. It's all about language immersion, and the motivation to learn a particular language.
    Then that's good. Well done! But then you also have a Chinese wife which does make it easier than someone who has nothing to start from. As stated, I am not saying it can't be done but simply as you say have motivation and time. With most expats its not a lack of will but also finding the time and environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HowardCoombs:
    Not a surprise to many who have been here but for those newly introduced to our local boiler, this is a demonstration in his logic:

    In this thread he is getting all uppidy about how important Cantonese is, learn the local language, embrace etc etc..


    And not too long ago, he was telling everyone, dont send your kids to Cantonese schools, its too hard and you wont need it anyway. Send your kids to English only schools :
    http://hongkong.geoexpat.com/forum/7...ml#post1971677


    And the coolest part is yet to come : he will start foaming at the mouth and insult everyone in sight all the while claiming that he didnt mean it that way

    I'll go back to my popcorn now.
    Yes, why don't you go and eat popcorn, HC.

    And and for those who don't know, let me introduce geoexpat's resident stalker/nutcase, HC. He has a habit of twisting my words and taking it out of context. Whenever I post I something, he must latch on it. Oh and I only insult him the most, because he keeps taking the bait.

    Oh and your point HC? Trying to say I have a contradiction? You are comparing apple with oranges. Your kids don't have a choice on what school to go to. He does not have the luxury of learning the language bit-by-bit but will be thrown into the deep end of cantonese without any help. But you don't have to worry about passing or failing school with cantonese. You can take your time to learn it and adapt to social situations. That is the difference.

    For the newbies here, don't take his posting seriously, he's not all there in the head, if you know what I mean.

    Think I am too harsh on him by calling him a nutcase and stalker? He has to respond to my every post, like now...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatts:
    Simply not true as there are many examples of adults having learned proper and very understandable Cantonese:


    I myself started learning in my middle twenties, and can speak and read Canto quite well (if I may say so). While some people may pick up on some odd accents or phrasings here and there, that's actually no different to the english of HK local who studied in the US for some time for instance. It's all about language immersion, and the motivation to learn a particular language.
    Full credit for learning a difficult language, well done!

    How often do you find yourself chatting to strangers in wet markets sharing tips on which vendors cheat on their scales?

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