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When you speak English, will Chinese appear in your brain? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2009-4-3 08:36:25 |Display all floors

i think so

Originally posted by allenmiao at 2009-4-2 11:17

it depends on the environment.

maybe u could chat with foreigner or you speak english with your friends for many many times.
i think one day you speak in english would have a natural habit.Ahah.

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Post time 2009-4-3 09:08:05 |Display all floors
First Chinese appear in my mind, then translate it to English and speak it out.

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Post time 2009-4-3 09:34:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by vorgal78 at 2009-4-3 08:18
From my research on this subject I have found that the ability to think in a language is often drectly influenced by the percentage of time spent using that subject exclusively.

Immersion =90%

thank you very much for all friends'help. When I speak english, I can speak slowly and have short time to translate it into chinese in my brain.
but foreigners speak to me, the sentence one by one, I have no time to translate, because after I translate one sentence into chinese in my brain, the next or the other sentences have gone, so I only understand half, the talk can not continue. The result is we only talk current work which we all familiar.

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Post time 2009-4-3 09:46:58 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2009-4-2 19:30

Why do you have to have 'foreign friends' to have an opportunity of speaking English?

If you had any ambition you would try to converse with your classmates or workmates in English. Why is  ...

yes,I agree with you! but two chinese speak with english is very unnatural and often make jokes.

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Post time 2009-4-3 09:56:34 |Display all floors
Originally posted by will2008 at 2009-4-3 00:47

u know there're so many dialects in our country
not necessarily cantonese ,
have u heard of hakka dialect ?
actually i can speak both  hakka and cantonese .
definitely i am fluent in mandari ...

of course i hear of hakka, and it is very similar with cantonese, right?

that's why u can speak both languages fluently.

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Post time 2009-4-3 10:45:25 |Display all floors

Reply #74 seneca's post

here is my surmise to that sentence----

" just be thick-skinned to the foreigner listeners and ingoring what you said------keep your mouth opening"
Heavens bless you & me!

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Post time 2009-4-3 10:59:38 |Display all floors
Originally posted by seneca at 2009-4-3 10:19

Well, that might be so, but then again, how can you identify proper and good English spoken by laowais? Their English comes in multiple varieties too, good and not-so-good. Some of these people ...

my problem is i can understand Chinese' spoken english completely,
but it's a little bit hard to understand foreigner's when conversation.

who can tell me why and how to get rid of this problem soon?

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