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Q: Anyone think that foreigner need to learn Chinese language

I think foreigner need to learn some basic Chinese language in order to success in China.

47 weeks 3 days ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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You are correct of course.

And in return the Chinese Government should have some way to allow foreigners the right to remain in the country.

We work, pay tax, buy a house, marry, have kids.

But we can be ejected on a whim. A new law could make us have to leave through no fault of ours.

Investment in the future works both ways.

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You are correct of course.

And in return the Chinese Government should have some way to allow foreigners the right to remain in the country.

We work, pay tax, buy a house, marry, have kids.

But we can be ejected on a whim. A new law could make us have to leave through no fault of ours.

Investment in the future works both ways.

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It’s so difficult, I doubt I’ll ever be able to have deep conversations in Chinese. I can speak limited German and I found it 10 times easier to learn. I know enough to get around, I’ve lost motivation to learn beyond that.

How did the whole tonal thing develop. You think phonetic languages would be just so much easier to learn, that eventually other forms would have just died out. 

 

I find learning/memorising characters fun, I think my writing will become much superior to my speaking 

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I've been in this country for 11 years. Have a Chinese wife. teach English, and never seen the need to speak Chinese. Similarily there are many Chinese who have lived  in Canada for a decade who know as much English as half my grade 11 high school students (nothing beyond hello, goodbye, and ok). They get along fine.

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why ? che che

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46 weeks 6 days ago
 
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Sometimes it's easier to get by without knowing Chinese. 

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I think english is the common langugae everywhere, so it it not necessary to learn chinese. but if beign a foreigner you are staying there for long you can learn some basics words. So that you won't get much difficulty in communticating with people of china. 

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I have been here 10 years, I own a business, I am married, my Chinese is pretty damn good, I passed HSK-5. But if I had to go back, I'd not bother with learning the language.

 

As far as business goes, every time I meet with potential customers they bring a personal assistant who speaks great English, I don't need to speak any Chinese at all.

 

In daily life speaking Chinese will get you nowhere as people will still treat you like an illiterate foreigner regardless, just use English instead or don't even speak, same results.

 

Some people seem to think that speaking Chinese will open new doors and social or professional opportunities, it will not, you are just another laowai to the people here.

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