Hong Kong Travel Dictionary: English

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Chinese and English are official languages in Hong Kong. Almost 90% of Hong Kong's population speaks Cantonese. There are no official statistics on how many in Hong Kong can speak or understand English. However, it would be fair to say that 1 in 2 people you run into has some command of English. Of course, it depends on which districts you visit and what's the context of your conversation.

Vast majority of written signs in Hong Kong has both Chinese and English. Public transport system announce in Cantonese, English and Mandarin. One can navigate to most parts of Hong Kong with a basic understanding of simple written and verbal English.

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