Hong Kong English

Hong Kong English
Traditional Chinese港式英文
Simplified Chinese港式英文

Hong Kong English (Chinese: 港式英文) is the English language as it is used in Hong Kong. The variant is primarily a result of Hong Kong's British overseas territory history and the influence of native Cantonese speakers.


English is one of the official languages in Hong Kong, and is used widely in the Government, academic circles, business and the courts. All road and government signs are bilingual. English is what distinguished most and those who spoke English or were taught English were considered the elite, meaning those able to be taught English were considered upperclassmen.[1]

The falling English proficiency of local English language teachers has come under criticism.[2]

Since the Handover, English in Hong Kong remains primarily a second language, in contrast to Singapore where English has been shifting toward being a first language.

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