Don’t Ask Why Their English Is Good
Even though most of the Hongkongers speak Cantonese, a local Chinese dialect, English is one of Hong Kong´s official languages. Since Hong Kong was a British colony for more than 150 years, many of Hong Kong’s citizens know how to speak at least basic English. There are also a lot of international schools in the city, and most of the local schools teach English, too. All official signs and notices are written in both English and Cantonese. And all government officials, particularly immigration officials and police officers, are required to have a competent level of English. People who work in tourist areas such as attraction or theme parks, frequented restaurants, shopping malls, and hotels can converse reasonably well in English. You might be even surprised to hear someone speaking with a British accent. However, there might be a language barrier when interacting with taxi drivers who rarely speak English. Fortunately, the cab drivers can contact someone by radio who can effectively communicate in English.