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Hong Kong people think that English is better than Mandarin? 80% of wage earners learn English by choosing language

2021-07-25T04:47:15.459Z

Earlier, the Ministry of Education issued a report suggesting that Putonghua should be integrated into the assessment system for primary and secondary schools. Statistics show that the proportion of people in Hong Kong who think they have good oral English skills is higher than that of people who think they have good Putonghua skills.



Earlier, the Ministry of Education issued a report suggesting that Putonghua should be integrated into the assessment system for primary and secondary schools.

Statistics show that there are more people in Hong Kong who think they have good oral English skills than those who think they are good at Putonghua. Nearly 80% of people who can study language (spoken) because of work choose to learn English.

In addition, among citizens whose mother tongue is Cantonese, there are slightly more people who know English than those who know Mandarin.


According to the "Language Usage in Hong Kong" published by the Census and Statistics Department in 2020, the proportion of citizens who believed that they had good oral English skills (self-assessed as "very good" or "good") in 2018 increased by 5.9 percentage points to 29 %, the proportion is even ahead of citizens who think they have good Mandarin skills.

Comparing the employed population (including the unemployed at the time of the survey) and the non-employed population, the proportion of the employed population who believes that they have good English proficiency is higher than that of the Among the employed population, the proportion of people who think they are good in Mandarin is higher.

Nonetheless, among the employed persons who are able to study spoken English due to work (only including Cantonese, Mandarin, and spoken English), nearly eight adults said they chose to learn spoken English.

In addition, the 2016 population by-census results show that among the approximately 6.26 million native-born Cantonese citizens, the number of people who can speak English (approximately 2.57 million) is slightly more than that of Mandarin (approximately 2.08 million).

Earlier, some mainland scholars pointed out that Putonghua could be considered in the "assessment system", which aroused social concern.

According to the "GAPSK Language Promotion Committee" which organizes the Putonghua proficiency test in Hong Kong, due to the suspension of the epidemic, the results of the Putonghua written and oral test of local primary and secondary school students have fallen.

The average score of primary school students in the written test dropped from 40.4 points (full score of 50 points) in the 18/19 academic year to 34.4 points this year; the average score of the oral test also dropped from an average of 42 points to 38.8 points, a drop of nearly 8%.

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