I would like to learn the equivalent translation for course in Cantonese, as in "I am taking a course online". For this reason I entered this word in the dictionary CC-Canto and received both and as results. What is the difference in meaning between these symbols and which is more accurate in my case?

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This is a result of the polysemy of the word 'course' in English. and are fairly distinct characters in Cantonese.

  • If you intend 'course' to mean 'A series of lectures or lessons in a particular subject, leading to an examination or qualification.', you use (see a.), NEVER . Sometimes, even if you use 'course' directly in Cantonese, it's understandable (see b.).

    a. 我將會上網。I will attend online lessons.

    b. 我嚟緊有個網上嘅course。I have an online course soon.

  • If you intend 'course' to mean 'The way in which something progresses or develops.', you may use , but not always. This to me is not an accurate translation, because means more like 'track; trajectory; locus'.

    二戰嘅始末/過程 the course of WWII
    鐵路軌道 rail track

  • Duōxiè L Parker
    – aitía
    May 19, 2021 at 16:39

Even in some cases regarding education, you can still use 軌.

  1. course = 課
  2. curriculum = 軌 (approximately); the publication record, dozens of papers = 軌 (approximately)

For point 2, there are many courses in the curriculum to develop certain skills. "curriculum" is usually translated to 課, where 程 has the meaning of journey or track.

Nowadays, China's universities introduce the "tenure track" to evaluate the academic performance of new teachers within their first 6-8 years. "tenure track" are translated to 常任軌.

However, I think 軌 is a more Western usage in education.

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