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Old 05-25-2013, 02:14 AM
 
Location: Macao
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How do Philipino servants communicate with their masters in Hong Kong? in English I suppose?
My guess is that those are all highly educated Hong Kong people, who grew up with English and such. It seems the other class of Hong Kong people are without that kind of money, and predominately growing up in mainland China, and looking for work in Hong Kong. The taxi drivers and food vendors and such.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:33 AM
 
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Even during colonial time, schools in Hong Kong used Chinese de facto. I mean the textbooks might be in English but the teachers talked in Cantonese.
Only advanced education was/is English-only.
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Old 05-25-2013, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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My guess is that those are all highly educated Hong Kong people, who grew up with English and such. It seems the other class of Hong Kong people are without that kind of money, and predominately growing up in mainland China, and looking for work in Hong Kong. The taxi drivers and food vendors and such.
Your guess is obviously wrong.

First of all, 1/3 of Hong Kong residents are in poverty, but not that many residents are immigrants from the mainland. Secondly, perfect education background doesn't guarantee anything, you may still live in poverty. Thirdly, the Hong Kong government doesn't issue working visas to mainland residents who cannot find a job that pays better than average. New immigrants from mainland are less likely to live in poverty, just like indians and Chinese working in Silicon Valley are not broke.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:19 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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How do Philipino servants communicate with their masters in Hong Kong? in English I suppose?
I have a Chinese maid and I cannot speak any Chinese.
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Old 05-29-2013, 03:35 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I have a Chinese maid and I cannot speak any Chinese.
Can she speak English? Maybe you should learn some Chinese.
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Can she speak English? Maybe you should learn some Chinese.
She cannot speak any English. I believe the only English word she knows is " Hello ".
I try to do everything in gestures when I ask her to do something or translate into Chinese using my phone.
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Land of the Free*
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from what i've experienced, the vast majority of ppl in HK were never able to speak English to begin with. i don't know where this myth started that since HK used to be British property, everybody there can speak English. Same with India.

i'm wondering how the OP came to these conclusions...did you live there since before 1997 to see these changes occur in front of you?
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Old 05-29-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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from what i've experienced, the vast majority of ppl in HK were never able to speak English to begin with. i don't know where this myth started that since HK used to be British property, everybody there can speak English. Same with India.

i'm wondering how the OP came to these conclusions...did you live there since before 1997 to see these changes occur in front of you?
I expected usage of English to be at least somewhat widespread and was surprised at how low it was when I first visited. It's nothing like Singapore.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I expected usage of English to be at least somewhat widespread and was surprised at how low it was when I first visited. It's nothing like Singapore.
When you visit Hong Kong, you should realize that you are in China where Chinese is the official language.

Is it weird that Chinese in China don't speak much English?

Singapore is another country! I've met a guy from Singapore and he only speaks English with Chinese speakers. I guess he doesn't speak Chinese. There's no reason to expect a Chinese city to be similar with a foreign city.
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Old 05-29-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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When you visit Hong Kong, you should realize that you are in China where Chinese is the official language.

Is it weird that Chinese in China don't speak much English?

Singapore is another country! I've met a guy from Singapore and he only speaks English with Chinese speakers. I guess he doesn't speak Chinese. There's no reason to expect a Chinese city to be similar with a foreign city.
Well it used to be British colony like Singapore right ?
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