• @coralie So true! Knowing Cantonese definitely helps! Speaking from personal experience…in my Mandarin classes back in HS and college, there were students who’d never had exposure to another language other than English and almost all of them struggled through the class (and they couldn’t understand why I caught on to the language so quickly, lol). Even the ones that knew other languages such as Spanish or French also struggled because Mandarin was such a different animal with all the characters and tones and such. I also took French and Italian throughout HS and college as well, yet now, can barely understand 2 sentences in those languages, lol...so yea, the interest in the language is important but continuing to pursue the language through supplementary things such as reading books, newspapers, watching TV, etc, is truly what makes the difference...
  • @wm2017 True...though there have been other HK celebrities who had moved to Canada but were still able to keep their entertainment roots alive by getting involved at the local TV and radio stations that are geared towards the Chinese-speaking communities there (Anita Lee and Dominic Lam are two examples who come to mind)...she could’ve followed Anita’s example (she got involved in the industry over there almost immediately upon arriving there, even when she was pregnant and her kids were still young). Now that I think about it, I’m guessing maybe Linda still owes TVB some shows from her contract and she has to return to fulfill that? Either that or she’s completely BSing and just trying to get attention...
  • @jimmyszeto True, though Flora’s situation was a little different in that her husband’s business had failed and they likely had debts they had to pay off, so she had to return to the industry – didn’t really have too much choice financially I would think….but even with that, Flora has found her niche now with producing and hosting programs about society / life issues and is now essentially doing what she’s been wanting to do (producing instead of acting)…. In comparisons, Linda’s return doesn’t make sense….if she really liked acting and singing as a career that much, I would think she would’ve stayed in the industry rather than get married and move to Canada (which to me, meant that she was retiring from the industry)….yes, I know the rumors of her already being pregnant hence the shotgun wedding, but still…this is the 21st century – I’m sure if she had still wanted to pursue a career in entertainment at that time, she would’ve been able to make it happen, pregnant or not….
  • @llwy12 yup the knowing Cantonese part and reading Chinese subs helped my Mandarin dramatically. If I dunno what something means, contextual clues help a lot too. I'm now fine-tuning comprehension by reading lots of Chinese novels (although really I just enjoy reading free stories in general.) I thought about taking Chinese in HS and college, but I thought I was taking the easy way out by learning it in school instead of other languages. Now I regret my decision because I sucked in other languages and my Mandarin is abominable lol
  • @llwy12 Although Linda's husband is not poor but she probably realised that she can earn more in 1 year than her husband in 10 years. Similar to Flora when she made that comeback but failed miserably. Tough to find a good market after becoming a mother....
  • @orchid123 Those were the first thoughts that ran through my head as well! I’m thinking she will probably go back to TVB, as they need people now with the massive talent drain…it doesn’t matter that her acting and singing sucks, as she has name recognition in HK and that’s what is most important to TVB….though seeing that she still has such a great relationship with Virginia Lok, the odds are more likely that she will go the Shaw Brothers route instead. Luckily I don’t watch TVB (or Shaw Bros) programs much anymore, so whichever route she goes, I won’t have to see her onscreen, lol….
  • @coralie LOL…same…I also learned my Cantonese mostly from watching TVB dramas, though in my case, my family also spoke it at home so that helped (though it depended on who I was interacting with, as my brother and I spoke in English while my parents and I spoke in Cantonese). With Mandarin, I actually learned that in high school and college, as by that time, I wanted to learn the language “properly”, including being able to read and write it (though I still supplemented the learning by watching a lot of Taiwanese dramas, since Mainland entertainment industry wasn’t too developed back then). I definitely agree with the second part of your comment – that if you’re naturally interested in the culture, learning the language isn’t too difficult….that was exactly why I was able to pick up Mandarin so quickly – combination of being interested in the culture and also already knowing Cantonese….
  • @m0m0 It’s up to 5400+ cases now, with 130+ deaths....and they’ve discovered the first few cases of human-to-human transmission of the virus outside of China (there was one reported today where a bus driver in Japan who had never been to China contracted the virus after driving 2 busloads of Wuhan tourists around). More and more countries around the world are reporting new cases and as a result, are adopting measures such as making it a requirement for travelers at the airport to have their temperatures taken and not allowing them to board flights if they are sick...meanwhile, some cities like Hong Kong, which is close to the epicenter of the breakout, is doing little in terms of preventive measures other than shutting down small border crossings and taking the “honor system” approach of having travelers fill out declarations vouching for their own health... Everyday there is something new, and most of the time, it’s not good news. The scientists working on the vaccine for this virus need to hurry up and finish because it will probably be needed really soon!
  • @jimmyszeto Yup, agreed...whoever put this article together was lazy, as many of the actresses don’t even belong on this list and for the ones that do, they didn’t even choose good pictures to illustrate their point. Can’t stand these types of poorly written/poorly compiled articles...
  • @llwy12 Thanks I can see why jimmyszeto said that although I do not agree 100%. You are right as it will be up to Samuel and what happiness is to him. But I do not think that just because he moves on and finds new love means that he has forgotten Susanna or will no longer love her. He always will love her but he knows that she is physically gone forever and will never come back. Yes, just like with Chan Wing Chun. He loved his late wife dearly but he moved on and found new happiness again and I see nothing wrong with that.
  • @llwy12 I found the question insulting because I thought it was trying to test Samuel as a person whether he can hold on without a wife. Whether he remains single or not will put a mark on his devoted love to Susanna nor define him as a loyal husband...
  • @jimmyszeto I don’t find such a question insulting but I do think that Samuel will remain single based on what I know of his relationship with Susanna after following this couple for more than 3 decades. The relationship the 2 of them had was beyond husband and wife — they were soulmates, which is a bond not easily broken no matter what happens in the future. @hetieshou. I agree with you, though I also feel it comes down to what Samuel’s definition of happiness is. If he’s most happy staying single, that’s great...by the same token, if he is able to find love again with someone else, then that’s great too. Great example you brought up with Chan Wing Chun....he found love again, but that didn’t diminish his love for his wife who had passed.
  • @jimmyszeto LOL...maybe...we will have to see when the next article comes out (there seems to be at least one article about her per week), whether it says she is still in SoCal....
  • @llwy12 Does ZZY have a private helicopter? might have abandoned ship again already.....
  • @llwy12 Well I guess that shows that no one is 100% safe. Stay safe everyone and hope this virus will not spread anymore and be under control.
  • @orchid123 Well, her plan may backfire, as it was just in the news today that the first case of the Wuhan virus in California has been diagnosed in Orange County, which is the county ZZY is currently at (if I recall from the previous articles, she gave birth at a hospital in Irvine and was staying nearby there). And the person who was diagnosed apparently came from Wuhan and passed through the international terminal at LAX airport (which ZZY will need to pass through whenever she decides to return)...kind of ironic if you ask me...
  • @llwy12 Yeh he was forcing his employees to participate in the farce and they weren't even paid on time either...
  • @jimmyszeto LOL...I remember...it was Psy’s Gangnam Style dance...I recall that ATV employees complained about having to participate in that stupid dog and pony show...in fact, that whole spectacle further contributed to ATV becoming a laughingstock among all Hong Kongers... TVB employees should be praying that they don’t get a boss like that...
  • @llwy12 Yeh the guy most famous for dancing a fat jiggle outside the ATV studios. Think it was supposed to be a morale boosting exercise. Can’t remember exactly...
  • @llwy12 Wins best actor award then signs a 7 year contract.Definitely Nothing fishy going on at all there haha. I don’t think anyone has signed such a long contract since the 5 tiger days and they were all young too. Signing such a long contract at Kenneth’s age tying himself to the company is unheard of these days....
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