27 Aug – After being criticised for the way she speaks, Crystal Fung recently revealed that she is now working on speaking proper Cantonese.
The actress posted photos of the notes from her pronunciation class, saying that she has been looking for ways to eliminate her tendency to speak in what is called a "lazy pronunciation".
Crystal said that she started her lessons after wrapping up the filming of "Al Cappuccino", and that her Cantonese had since improved - though she still has doubts that she will have a 100 percent accuracy when it comes to her pronunciation.
"Everyone just says, "Do not be lazy to pronounce with force, and you can read accurately" or "Open your mouth to read it accurately." But which vocal organ should the force be used? Where should the tongue be placed in the mouth during pronunciation? So I decided to learn Cantonese in a scientific and research-based way, which is to talk to a speech therapist [Angel Chow]. After a few lessons in class, I have clearly realised how to use my various pronunciation organs to pronounce Cantonese correctly, and I will not use wrong force and redundant pronunciation organs to make my speech feel unnatural," she said.
Crystal stated that she decided to share her experience in hopes that everybody who wants to improve their pronunciation would do the same.
"Lazy pronunciation" of the Cantonese language is said to be the kind of speaking manner adopted by the younger generations, which include the merge of initials (for example in pronouncing "naam" and "laam"), omission of the labialisation "w" in words like "gwok", and the confusion of final consonants (like pronouncing 'sat' instead of 'sak')
(Photo Source: Crystal Fung Instagram)