This is one of the reasons why, as an American, I don’t feel too proud.
(1) American white guy speaks basic Chinese and everyone is so impressed. Locals are like-- wow, you really tried to learn our culture –
(2)Chinese guy in America (or another English speaking countries) speaking basic English – Locals are like- Ummm what? Why don’t you people learn English when you get here! (impatiently)
Americans tend to expect everyone in their country to speak the language. Its very interesting… How many Americans can speak two languages well enough to communicate? hehe, not that many.
Its just funny how foreigners here and the ones I’ve met during my stay in South Korea group in foreign ‘bubbles’ where everyone is constantly speaking English. I even heard of one woman who was teaching in S.Korea for 16 yrs and couldn’t even read Hangul!