Language in Hong Kong

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The two official languages of Hong Kong are English and Chinese.

During the colonial period, English was the primary language in Hong Kong due to trading; it was not until 1974 that Hong Kong adopted Chinese as the second official language. Cantonese is the main dialect spoken in 89% of households in Hong Kong compared to the 25% who speak Mandarin, which is the official language of Mainland China.

Cantonese is known for its complicated tones and colorful expressions. In Hong Kong, the written Chinese language uses traditional Chinese characters, while Mainland China has adopted simplified characters.

English is spoken as the primary language in 3% of the Hong Kong households, while 38% of the population claims the ability to speak English.

While the country has two official languages, English is the preferred language in business, government, and tourism due to the fact the country is an international business hub.

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