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"tianyuanedu, I can understand it, it is like that to someone and it sucks...it's just like I meet someone merely "demand" me help them with Chinese, using me as a walking dic or something, though they're not intended "|
I hope that never happens to Chinese, and that people continue to study it because they love the Chinese language and not just because it can make them money. The day millions start learning Chinese for money is the day they'll ruin it just as many in China have ruined English. I honestly don't feel like a human sometimes when I speak to some English-speaking Chinese, especially university students! Again, there are exceptions who actually enjoy the language for it's own sake, and they're the ones who make the language enjoyable for me at times. I'd even have women I didn't even know ask if I wanted a girlfriend! I mean , seriously, how far must one go to learn English?! I really don't have time for such people, even though I'm well aware that some foreing native speakers of English will take advantage of the language for their own personal benefit too, and drop just as low!
But it's pretty bad when even I, as a native speaker of English, can sometimes not stand it to the point that I must at times refuse to speak it!
Could you immagine the day when you go abroad, and everybody wants to take your time, not for you, but just for Chinese, because their government tells them they must learn it, and so must pass a test? Could you immagine if you see Uighurs and other white Chinese abroad completely rejected no matter how good their Chinese is because of their skin colour? Could you immagine foreign students of Chinese saying they want only Northeastern Chinese to teach them Chinese and looking down on the Southern Chinese, telling them their accents are bad and correcting their pronunciation? Could you immagine foreigners treating Japanese, Koreans and other yellow-skinned people as more Chinese than even some of China's own ethnic minorities just because of the skin colour? Could you immagine Japanese and Koreans having an easier time finding work abroad teaching Chinese than than the Uighurs themselves? And then when you should stand up to defend some semblance of justice in the language, other fellow Chinese of yours on-line start suspecting that maybe you're not a native speaker yourself because you're so defensive about protecting the moral integrity of the language?!
You'd probably be disgusted and appalled at the state of the Chinese language then! The moral and spiritual teachings of Confucius, the classics, the poetry, dead! Treating all Chinese as equals, regardless of skin colour, accent or location, dead! Chinese would be reduced to nothing more than some technical brain machinery for business communication, prejudice and materialism at its lowest! You'd probably be begging people to not learn Chinese unless they want to for the sake of the language alone, and not just as some kind of international business machine(that's why we have IBM!)
"...I saw some of my classmates, asking those foreginers---
"Could I talk to you because I want to practise my oral English."..Well, they are not intended to take you a "tool", but I think it's really weird and a bit awkward, like you specially find someone because he/she is foreigner and could practise language for you, it's not talking like friends but talking to a tool"
Exactly! And that's why I'm really starting to hate English in China.
[ Last edited by tianyuanedu at 2006-1-21 01:02 AM ]