Cantonese as an outdated language

Discussions on the Cantonese language.
Ben

Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby Ben » Wed Aug 15, 2001 4:28 am

I think that if Cantonese is to disappear from the face of this planet, it won't be missed. As I wrote in my last message it is one of the least civilized languages around.

Anonymous

Re: Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby Anonymous » Fri Aug 17, 2001 6:29 am

Well, at least I'll be the one missing the language (if it IS ever going to be wiped out). I don't think we should wipe it out at all.

Minky

Re: Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby Minky » Fri Aug 17, 2001 2:21 pm

There is no language as funny as Cantonese, and I think it's linguistically inherent. I've never heard so many puns and word plays in another language although admittedly, I only have English to compare it to. The pun is, like, the lowest form of humour in English but in Cantonese it's so hilarious. Cantonese people in general are so witty and funny. Plus without Cantonese, we wouldn't have the genius of Stephen Chiao and his "mo lei tau" movies.

Pete

Re: Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby Pete » Tue Aug 21, 2001 8:44 am

language = cultural identity... i wouldnt want to deny someone... let alone a whole group of people of this.

Anonymous

Speaking of Stephen (completely off the original subject)

Postby Anonymous » Tue Aug 21, 2001 9:45 pm

Stephen was denied his Canadian citizenship, because the courts (all the way to the supreme court) said that he was involved with some 黑社會("black society", "mafia", "triad" or however you'd like to translate it).
Some people say it's because he used to work for 強盛(or was it 盛強? Whatever, some movie company) that was started by a pair of brothers, who's father was in the 黑社會.
Well, I'm not sure if this is true, so please correct me on my "411" ("information" for you non-US people our there), if I'm wrong, now.

eatsee

Re: Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby eatsee » Wed Aug 22, 2001 9:32 am

: There is no language as funny as Cantonese, and I think it's linguistically inherent. I've never heard so many puns and word plays in another language although admittedly, I only have English to compare it to. The pun is, like, the lowest form of humour in English but in Cantonese it's so hilarious. Cantonese people in general are so witty and funny. Plus without Cantonese, we wouldn't have the genius of Stephen Chiao and his "mo lei tau" movies.
Agree: totally agree with Minky. I think
1) language cannot be wiped out, it fades away by itself, like Latin, if nobody uses it, it fades away, and dies.Because from the social aspect, languages evolves with the culture and people.
2) language reflects how a certain tribe of people think and act, eg. cantonese represents how Cantonese people think, French represents the way the French speaking people think and live. so, cantonese is full of wisdom, despite cantonses are ustilizing the language so cleverly that they have widened its width and deeepned its depth in various stratum of life.

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Re: Cantonese as an outdated language

Postby bottlan » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:59 pm

Cantonese people in general are so witty and funny. Plus without Cantonese, we wouldn't have the genius of Stephen Chiao and his "mo lei tau" movies.


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