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Originally posted by fidodido at 2006-5-5 13:14
Don't forget our culture!
Why we learn English is not the question that we now think,facing the fact that our chinese prople are learning English,we should think that how we reserve our language culture.
In recent years,more and more foreigners are learning chinese,but in our country many people are learning English,including students,businessmans,social peoples and so on.I can't say this is not a good phenomena,but as we all know,our culture of language is disappearing little by little!Lots of people belong English name themselves,furthermore,in a chinese talk,there are always some English words!
Good points. In many nations, people learn their national languages first, out of RESPECT for their own people. Many Canadians learn French. Many in the US learn Spanish, etc. So why couldn't the Chinese showe that they actually acknowledge their minorities and learn Uighur, Tibetan, Mongolian, Zhuang, Russian, Korean, etc. If you don't learn their langauges, then why should they learn yours?
Just a simple question about which to think. Have you ever considered that in China, English speakers are sometimes accorded more privileges than the Chinese themselves? If I go to a train terminal in Changchun, there is English here and there. But where's the Korean? Korean is possible the second biggest language in that city after Chinese. And the Koreans are locals! Does their culture mean nothing to you?