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And I dream of the day when I can speak Chinese fluently enough to be able to talk about almost anything! I bought 4 new baby books yesterday, I will start deciphering one tonight!
The girl I mentioned.... I understand what you're saying, but I think in this case she was teasing the guy. She spoke english pretty well, I heard quite a bit of comfortable conversation. I think she was teasing him... I didn't hear everything, but I think he was a beginner at chinese and jokingly warned her that she cannot talk secretly to her friend in chinese or he might understand some. So she said they will talk chinglish instead, and he will not understand that, as if chinglish was more confusing than either english or chinese separately. But she said it while laughing, and the guy and friend both laughed too.
So.... chairman, are you still listening? Are you saying that *I* may also be speaking chinglish when I speak my low level of chinese, maybe using english structure by mistake, or saying everything in chinese except the main object, which I may not know? I thought only chinese people spoke chinglish, but from your description it's for both sides.
TODAY I wanted to buy a crochet needle and some yarn. Before my excursion I looked up "crochet" and "yarn", and tried to remember them on my way to the store. Well, my excursion took me all over the place, and by the time I found the store I had not only forgotten how to say them, but I forgot to look in my dictionary again, I was already talking to the woman in the store, surrounded by yarn. It was clear I wanted to buy yarn, but I didn't see any crochet needles, so I said something like... "wo yao yige.... yige...." and I made a little hook with my finger and moved it in a crocheting fashion. You're saying that's chinglish?? I think that's just baby chinese with a missing word. She then said "Oh! ____ (forgot the word already, gou- guo- zhen?)... anyway, it was not difficult considering the small choices of things I would have meant, being in that store.