Chinese: Word "teacher" for Hong Kong and Taiwan
Thread poster: kernsanfran
kernsanfran
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Oct 28, 2006

I am working on an ad to appear in the Hong Kong and Taiwan markets which will show the word "teacher" for a male -

what is the correct word for it for the Hong Kong and Taiwan markets

I have been given

老師 for Taiwan
and 教師 for Hong Kong

however another translator gave me 老師 for both Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Which is correct?


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htzd  Identity Verified
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“教师” Oct 29, 2006

I think both HongKongese and Taiwanese can understand“教师”.

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pkchan  Identity Verified
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陳SIR是這樣說... Oct 29, 2006

香港人尊稱小學、幼稚園教師為﹕張先生、李先生-不論男的或女的都是一樣。中學﹕男的-陳Sir、黃Sir, 女的-Ms. Cheung(張),Ms. Lee(李)。
職業﹕中學教師,小學教師或小學教員。但是,稱『先生』為『老師』開始普遍,可能是受中國大陸影響。


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Bill Mak  Identity Verified
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both are the similar/same Oct 29, 2006

In Hong Kong, generally speaking, 老師 is a title of a professional.

We usually call 李老師 instead of 李教師; as a organisation, we call 教師團體 rather than 老師團體.

I think it is the same in Taiwan


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jyuan_us  Identity Verified
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It all depends on the context Oct 29, 2006

HI kernsanfran,

it is really hard to find the approrpiate term without looking at the context.


As the other colleagues have pointed out, there are many possibilities. An inappropriate choice would make the script sound weird.


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Angus Woo
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Both PK and Bill are right Nov 8, 2006

But I am not sure about Taiwan.

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Wenjer Leuschel  Identity Verified
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Confirmed Nov 8, 2006

Bill Mak wrote:

In Hong Kong, generally speaking, 老師 is a title of a professional.

We usually call 李老師 instead of 李教師; as a organisation, we call 教師團體 rather than 老師團體.

I think it is the same in Taiwan


Yes, it is the same in Taiwan. No difference at all. Using the term 老師 or 教師 depends on the context. Your examples are fully correct.


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