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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:08 PM   #181
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Use the printer to print the info online at the ezlink site.......Though its brief, it at least allows you to know how much you spent...
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:12 PM   #182
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CANTONESE SOUNDS GREAT IN WHATEVER WAY..I like it, too bad I don't speak it...

I really like the cantonese announcements on MTR....I am starting to like the english ones too...

I dont like the chinese ones. reminds me of the voice of the audio tape that is played during my chinese language listening comprehension paper.

Actually Mandarin is not bad, it sounds more smooth than Cantonese. Did you know that besides English and Cantonese MTR also announces in Mandarin?
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:14 PM   #183
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Actually Mandarin is not bad, it sounds more smooth than Cantonese. Did you know that besides English and Cantonese MTR also announces in Mandarin?
Think I saw that being discussed early on in this thread? Heard the audio clip too.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:15 PM   #184
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Actually Mandarin is not bad, it sounds more smooth than Cantonese. Did you know that besides English and Cantonese MTR also announces in Mandarin?
I don't like Mandarin... it's sounds so weird -.-
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:24 PM   #185
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I don't like Mandarin... it's sounds so weird -.-

Its sounds classy
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:28 PM   #186
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I always thought only cantonese sounds classy out of all the chinese dialects...
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:28 PM   #187
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Its sounds classy
Agreed...provided you dont speak it with that "slurry" tone so common amongst some speakers!

I liked the Mandarin pronounciation in the MTR trains....the way Mandarin should sound like? Ironically, I find the Taiwanese have the most pleasant sounding accent for Mandarin!
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #188
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:31 PM   #189
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I always thought only cantonese sounds classy out of all the chinese dialects...
I am probably anti non-Mandarin dialects, so maybe that is why I find all of them not up to mark compared to Mandarin, including my own native Hokkien?

Its all about individual tastes, obviously.
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Agree...The Shanghaiese (how do you spell it) too...

Beijing people have a very different accent...totally different from that used in Singapore, Taiwan etc so its hard to understand it if you are from these places....
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I always thought only cantonese sounds classy out of all the chinese dialects...

Well I've asked my white friends here in the States about which sounds better Cantonese, or Mandarin. They told me that Cantonese sounds like someone is arguing and its quite harsh and that Cantonese speakers always prolong the last sounds like Aiyaaaaa or Aiyooooo, Neee, laaaaaa, or loooohhh. They said Mandarin sounds very comfortable and pleasing to the ears and sounds polite.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:36 PM   #192
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Agree...The Shanghaiese (how do you spell it) too...

Beijing people have a very different accent...totally different from that used in Singapore, Taiwan etc so its hard to understand it if you are from these places....

On the contrary I like Shanghainese. Its sounds great, I don't understand any of it but to me it sounds awesome very cheery and joyful dialect.
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Old August 24th, 2004, 01:42 PM   #193
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They said Mandarin sounds very comfortable and pleasing to the ears and sounds polite.

are they from HK or from Mainland?
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are they from HK or from Mainland?

They are white, so they are Americans
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Just curious, why is an American like yourself visiting the Asian forums so often...
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So you're from LA? Where's Guam anyways...

LA's a FUNKY FUNKY PLACE...
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Old August 24th, 2004, 02:37 PM   #197
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Just curious, why is an American like yourself visiting the Asian forums so often...
My parents are from Hong Kong, and I was born in Guam and currently living in Los Angeles. Guam is a territory of the USA its located near the Northern Mariana Islands its in the Pacific. Guam is 2.5 hrs away from Philipines and two hrs south of Taiwan and 4hrs from Hong Kong and Japan. Between the Island of Guam and Saipan theres an island called Tinian and that is where the US loads its atomic bomb from to bomb Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
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Well I've asked my white friends here in the States about which sounds better Cantonese, or Mandarin. They told me that Cantonese sounds like someone is arguing and its quite harsh and that Cantonese speakers always prolong the last sounds like Aiyaaaaa or Aiyooooo, Neee, laaaaaa, or loooohhh. They said Mandarin sounds very comfortable and pleasing to the ears and sounds polite.

hmmm......yea...Cantonese can sound harsh but wait till you hear Hokkien or Hainanese!

Anyway the last sound thingy which are prolonged are the trademark of Hong Kongers. Yea......I could safely said that as I've known non-Cantonese speakers and they too noticed that. I am a Malaysian Cantonese and I noticed that mainland Cantonese too do not prolonged the last sound like HKers does

Mandarin sounds polite to English speakers as Mandarin have similar tones to English and has only 4 - same as English while Cantonese had 9!
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Old August 24th, 2004, 10:59 PM   #199
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hey do you have announces from KCR trains too?

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