In Hong Kong, children's English ability has always been a headache for parents. There are many reasons for this, including:
●Family factors: parents with relatively low education or do not understand English
●Growing up environment: Children grow up in Cantonese-based environment
●School selection: The school uses Chinese as the main language of instruction
●Daily life: not many opportunities to come into contact with English and communicate with foreigners
In 2017, the Department of Psychology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong conducted a study. The department explored the impact of English as a mother tongue and family growth environment on children's English expression ability and writing ability.
In this study, the children were ranged in age from 5 to 9 years old segment , and as 60% of the interviewed families hired maids.
Group A: No maid, and Cantonese-speaking families
Group B: English-speaking families (60% of the interviewed families have a maid.)
Test items: Chinese language ability and English ability (including reading, writing, character recognition, conversation ability, etc...)
●In terms of English ability, group B is better than group A in English reading, conversation and literacy.
●Group B did not lag behind Group A in Chinese language ability due to English as the main language.
In fact, there are still many people in the society who didn't know much about foreign domestic helper and believe that both Filipino and Indian domestic helpers must have low education or are only qualified for labor. In fact, many Filipino maids have university degrees, and some of them have worked as English teachers. In the local area, the English teacher and the nursing teacher did not get much salaries, so he would choose to work in Hong Kong and ask for more money to help the family.
In addition to Zuo's research, there are also many reports in Fangjian about how the maid could accompany the young master Wen Shutong to tutor English. Employers have very good comments on Filipino maids, such as Zanqudi's dedication to work and the careful teaching of the young master.
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|Filipino Maid||Indonesian Maid|
|Educational Background||University/college level Secondary school||Secondary School|
|Language||English||Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese, Simple English|
|Training Period||2 weeks||3 months|
|Oversea working experience||Around the world||Mainly in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong|
Number of people in Hong Kong
*Latest data in 2022
|About 200,000||About 150,000|
Everyone, don't think it's easy for my sister to only know how to do housework and cook!