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Hong Kong's parents want: more studying less chatting 香港父母說︰多讀書 少聊天

Hong Kong parents would rather their children studied than talked to them, a survey has found.

More than 70 percent of the 4,151 parents questioned preferred their children to do something academic instead of playing sports, doing chores or spending time looking after their brothers and sisters.

Talking to parents came second ­— but only got 11 percent of the votes.

The survey was carried out in May and June of this year among the parents of children aged seven to 10.

A similar survey last month found that academics were the main topic of conversation with parents for 38 percent of students questioned.

The survey was organized by a charity that also published a list of insults and reprimands made by parents to their children.

These included: “I'd rather have given birth to roasted pork than you!” and “You're so stupid! Do you have a brain?”

This isn't the first evidence that high-pressure parents can get out of hand. Last week, Hong Kong police arrested the mother of a 7-year-old girl after she allegedly slit the fingers of her daughter with a kitchen knife for not doing her homework.

In September, a Hong Kong mother and father were convicted of manslaughter for suffocating their 10-year-old son to death by locking him inside a suitcase when he refused to do his homework.(DPA)

一項調查發現,香港父母寧願讓孩子讀書,也不願陪他們聊天。

受訪的四千一百五十一對父母中,超過70%的人表示寧願孩子做功課,也不希望他們去運動、做家事或花時間照料弟弟妹妹。

與父母對話位居第二,但只有11%的父母表示贊成。

這是在今年五月和六月進行的調查,對象為七到十歲孩童的父母。

上個月一項類似調查發現,38%的受訪學生表示課業是與父母對話時最主要的話題。

策劃這項問卷調查的慈善機構還列出父母訓斥辱罵兒女的詞彙,其中包括︰「我生烤豬肉也比生你強!」、「你怎麼這麼笨!你有沒有大腦啊?」

這不是第一起壓力大的父母失控的案例,據稱上週有一名母親因七歲大的女兒不做功課,以菜刀割裂她的手指,遭香港警方逮捕。

今年九月,一對香港父母把不願做功課的十歲大兒子鎖在行李箱裡,導致他窒息而死,被判過失殺人。

(德通社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. prefer v.t.

更喜歡 (geng4 xi3 huan1)

例: Italy is a nice place to go on vacation, but I prefer Spain.

(義大利是度假的好去處,但我更喜歡西班牙。)

2. academic, academics adj./n.

學業 (xue2 ye4)

例: Playing baseball and soccer are really healthy hobbies, but it's also important to spend time on your academics.

(打棒球和踢足球是很健康的嗜好,但是花時間在學業上也很重要。)

3. reprimand n.

訓斥 (xun4 chi4)

例: My teacher made me stay after class for a reprimand.

(老師要我課後留下來聽訓。)

4. allegedly adv.

據稱 (ju4 cheng1)

例:Reed allegedly stole Jan's money, but there's no proof yet.

(瑞德據說偷了珍的錢,但目前還沒有證據。)


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