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Originally posted by sockmonkey at 2006-12-18 09:12
Freakyqi--my classmates and I, when in Beijing, called our speech "Englese." I don't really know if it's an accepted term, but I'm sure it's properly descriptive--Chinglish for what Chine ...
Yeah, I thought of that term too, but it didn't have quite the lovely ring that 'chinglish' has. I think I'm SUCH a beginner though, that I just have to call it "sucky chinese". Listening is the worst, the absolute worst! Just when I think I'm learning, or I know what I'll say, someone goes ahead and TALKS TO me. So fast... so many words... ugh.
Even when they are patient and speak slower, my brain gets stuck, especially considering all the homophones. "Shi" can mean so many things! And what does "huasheng" mean in regards to school or kids? I only knew it as peanut, but he wasn't talking about peanuts. In fact I made it into a joke at my own expense to point out how bad my chinese is. When I say "Dui buqi, wode zhongwen bu hao!" they don't seem to believe me. They think that if they keep talking, saying more & more, I'll understand. No, they have to say less & less. In fact, just give me 2-3 basic words & I'll figure out what you mean, none of these long drawn out descriptions. Talk to me like I'm a dog please. Or at least a 2 yr old human.
chairman - awwwww, you like me! I'm flattered! I have bad news though. You only like me because we've never actually discussed anything. I'm just warning you, that's all. But don't worry, I have no intention of carrying on any serious discussions in this forum. (ok, I have a couple times, but it's not my favorite thing to do)