Is it rude to speak Mandarin in Hong Kong?

Is it rude to speak Mandarin in Hong Kong?

People in Hong Kong resent not people who speak Mandarin in general, but who are – at least in one’s imagination – associated with people who came to visit from Mainland China. Many issues generally around etiquette, politeness (or the lack of), lawlessness (or rulelessness?), cheap and disrespectful to others.

Is Mandarin replacing Cantonese in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong’s leader on Thursday dismissed a controversy over the use of Mandarin in public schools and whether Cantonese could be considered the city’s mother tongue as a “non-issue”, telling legislators her administration had no plan to change its policy on the language used to teach.

Is Hong Kong Chinese different from Mandarin?

Cantonese is spoken in Hong Kong, Macau, GuangZhou, and Southern parts of China in that vicinity. Mandarin is spoken in Mainland China and Taiwan. Both languages are spoken in Malaysia and Singapore.

What happens if you speak Mandarin in Hong Kong?

No one would be offended by Mandarin. People in HK are offended by (perceived or real) heavy handed policy imposed from the Mainland and some badly behaving mainland tourists, not people speaking Mandarin. Probably mainly your face was not fitting to the language.

Does Beijing speak Mandarin or Cantonese?

Mandarin is the official state language of China and the most widely spoken Chinese dialect in the country. It is spoken in many of the largest cities in China, including Beijing and Shanghai. Mandarin is spoken widely in Singapore and Taiwan.

Do Hong Kong schools teach Mandarin?

Currently about 70 percent of Hong Kong’s primary schools use Mandarin as the language of instruction and there have even been reports of videos being used in classrooms that demonize Cantonese and promote Mandarin.

Do Hong Kong schools teach Cantonese?

While the written form of Chinese is modern standard Chinese (MSC) written in traditional (unsimplified) script, the spoken form used by students in virtually all schools is Cantonese, the principal language of local Hongkongers.

What is the official language of Hong Kong?

Hong Kong/Official languages

Does Taiwan speak Mandarin?

Mandarin. Mandarin Chinese has been the official language of Taiwan since 1945 and is the most spoken language in the country. It’s remarkably unchanged from the mainland variant of Mandarin that immigrants brought there, primarily in the 1940s, as they escaped political and military upheaval in that country.