Mandarin mastery poll. choose 2


#41

With a few exceptions, their accents are mostly horrific. I start cringing after about five seconds.


#42

Accents are interesting. Henry Kissinger has native speaker level English but was never able to shift his strong German accent.


#43

You get a pass if you’re fluent at that level. Of course, lots of Germans (Dutch, etc.) are extremely fluent in English.


#44

I’ve never been able to confirm if it’s true, but there’s a story about a bunch of 18 year olds from the Netherlands and the UK who were given an English language test (IELTS). The Dutch kids scored higher.


#45

That wouldn’t surprise me the least bit. :sunglasses:


#46

There are several possible jokes there. Which one are you making, so we can laugh accordingly? :smirk:


#47

Hate Mondays… and I hate people who can speaking Chinese even if it’s at baby level. I’ll install some app today (again!).


#48

The joke is in the dirty mind of the beholder.


#49

They sound fine to me


#50

Their accents are mostly fine.


#51

Maybe you have low standards for foreigners. Their tones and enunciation are all over the place.


#52

Your standards sound high! Proper enunciation is hard for everybody and tones are extra tough for them farreners.


#53

Technically Chinese would have been my native language along with Korean. But when I moved to the US I just never used it. My parents spoke to me in English, my mom mixes in Korean. I had no friends that spoke Chinese. So I just never improved past what I learned at a elementary level.


#54

Of course I have low standards for foreigners. The point is they sound very clear.


#55

what is tone


#56

I had a guy who got really insulted and went on a rant about how I’m insulting him by speaking to him in English instead of Chinese.


#57

聲調


#58

The other one is “You assume because I’m white I speak English?”. Their argument kind of falls apart when they speak in English.


#59

是什麼


#60

I’m like you’re insulting me, because I’m Taiwanese looking (I don’t even look that Taiwanese tbh) I must speak Chinese and can’t speak English? The guys Chinese was better than mine so. I prefer to converse in English when I can, it flows easier.