昨天看了同济医院的慈善义演,听到萧煌奇唱<阿嬷的话>,忽然有种莫名的感动。虽然在家常听父母说方言,但在电视上听到,却有特别的感触。

很多年前,为了推行双语政策,各个大众媒体都被禁止使用方言,直到不久前,政府才开始放宽条例。

可是,这个禁令实在太有效了。有效到什么程度呢?我们这一代的,还有少数人懂得方言。至于我们的"后浪",方言却是老人专用的语言,犹如外星人的话。

现在才让方言重回电视台,为时已晚。懂的人会陶醉其中,其他人会转台。

At the start of the sem, I attended a HG221 tutorial, Intercultural communication (which I dropped later to take up translation). A relatively pretty girl made this comment:

“Hokkien sounds vulgar.”

Suddenly she became 貌美"如花"。

I had to stop myself from blurting out ” You make English sound vulgar”.

Hokkien sounds vulgar to you because all you’ve heard from the language are the vulgarities you shallow girl.