Moderator: Tempo Gain
Taiwan_Student wrote:What goes on in these locals' head. When I was a boy.. I was really annoying. I thought all places were romantic. I would listen to my shortwave radio of distant lands. Every time I ran into a "foreigner" I would attack them. Not really, I'd have a conversation with them. I'd try to suck their brain dry and learn about what it was like where they came from. These kids are not the least bit curious about what adventures we went through, languages we speak, foods we tried (unless it was Taiwanese Food) and all that...
.Taiwan_Student wrote: Though my Chinese is still on the pathetic side
More examples.. a man runs practically across the street to be helpful something. But as soon as I say hello in Chinese and try to converse, he looses interest....
Once I was in McDonald's shouting special orders, you know extra sauce, no sauce... a women whose pronunciation led me to believe she could speak English said to me... "Why don't you just speak English?"
I answered, "I have a lot of special orders, I don't think they will understand".
Women: Nervous smile .. says nothing... eyes blink blink
Me in Chinese: You don't understand me, right?
(There were no problem with my order, they understood my Chinese well enough... )
Anyone here long enough knows that many Chinese people just want to practice their English and not just communicate. Or sometimes... they just want to say a few silly English words and are not really interested in learning or listening.