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    Quote Originally Posted by Watercooler:
    But learning cantonese may let you know which stalls are prone to "modifying" their scales.

    People who are adamant in refusing to learn cantonese may speak about themselves than about the language....
    Or you just avoid the stalls no one else goes to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by usehername:
    Make your mind up- are you talking about 'breaking the ice' and 'showing you made an effort' with english speaking locals or are you talking about watching and understanding movies in cantonese? These are completely different levels of language.

    And the only reason your canto is as good as you claim is because your wife is a canto speaker! You speak it at home! Do you think you would be as good if you hadn't married a local?
    Umm...it's call opening a door. If you cannot even speak a word of cantonese, it's not going to help you make friends with locals any easier. Once you get to know them they will help to open your door to local cantonese culture. One thing helps the other.

    No, I learn the bulk of cantonese from lessons and my own proactive attempts at speaking it. My wife came later to correct it.

    Like I said, none of this is strictly necessary to live in HK. But I choose to make my everyday life easier and enrich my knowledge of other cultures (cantonese). And yes, I was doing all this with a full-time job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwbguy:
    Why don't you just go back home and weigh your purchases? Easy enough to find out if you have been "ripped off".
    A big waste of time would'nt it?

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    For the regular buyers, but not for new ones. And there are always newbies going to wet markets. You are too dogmatic to realize that. Classic TB trolling. What would geoexpat be like without you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watercooler:
    You don't have to be fluent in cantonese, you just have to able to speak some common everyday phrases (or understand some major words spoken).

    True, cantonese is not the easiest language to learn, but it pays to make an effort if you are going to stay here long-term. It can make your everyday life much more convenient.
    Cantonese is in the top ten most difficult languages of the world to become fluent in.I know guys who have studied it for years and are still not conversationally fluent. (No, they are not stupid). gau, gau, gau, gau, gau, gau and gau anyone?

    "It can make your everyday life much more convenient"-Maybe in the depths of the New Territories, but on the Island, i find I do fine thank you.
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    That's rich for someone who don't even go to wet markets. Looks like you don't want to admit you are talking out of your ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwbguy:
    Cantonese is in the top ten most difficult languages of the world to become fluent in.I know guys who have studied it for years and are still not conversationally fluent. (No, they are not stupid). gau, gau, gau, gau, gau, gau and gau anyone?

    "It can make your everyday life much more convenient"-Maybe in the depths of the New Territories, but on the Island, i find I do fine thank you.
    You don't need to be conversationally fluent...just learning some common phrases will help you in everyday situations.

    But OK, if you feel that is not necessary, fine, whatever makes you happy. But my definition of HK is not limited to the island. I find learning cantonese open many doors for me. Thank you very much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watercooler:
    A big waste of time would'nt it?
    You seem to go on and on about everything being a waste of your precious time.

    How long does it take to ask an address in a taxi? How long does it take to put a bag of veg. on the scales?

    You are really that busy and important you can't take two minutes of of your hectic mega important schedule to do this, as you sure as fcuk spend a lot of time talking crap on this website!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cwbguy:
    You seem to go on and on about everything being a waste of your precious time.

    How long does it take to ask an address in a taxi? How long does it take to put a bag of veg. on the scales?

    You are really that busy and important you can't take two minutes of of your hectic mega important schedule to do this, as you sure as fcuk spend a lot of time talking crap on this website!
    Pretty damn long if you have to ask the controller to translate it for you everytime the taxi driver don't understand you. Won't it be better to spot the tricks right then and there without having to take your veg home only to discover something is wrong?

    Today is a holiday, so I can spend time here. Sorry if that upsets you. Or in your preferred phrase...well, that's too "fcuking" bad is it?
    Last edited by Watercooler; 01-10-2013 at 02:12 PM.

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    So how many wet markets have you been in? And how many times?

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