Even though I’ve lost my teacher, I still thought my Cantonese was pretty stable, lying somewhere between upper beginner and lower intermediate, but
it turns out my mother in law is the ultimate leveller of expectations.
Obviously, I can’t understand 75% of what she says, she’s
too anxious and
uses vocab way beyond my level, but last week, when I saw Kwok fu Shing on TV I turned to her, confident I could direct the conversation to a place I could have vocab for, and asked if she liked him.
I got the first part of her answer,
she thought he was okay, quite handsome
but then her answer kept going and going and going and I heard some words I knew, like Mainland China, Kwun Tong, basic verbs etc. but overall I was pretty lost.
Why was she talking about Kwun Tong?
Did Kwok Fu Shing grow up there?
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