01 December 2011

Faux pas in another language

This video reminded me of my summer days in Beijing all those 5+ years ago.  Perhaps you, too, can relate to the anguish of erred tones and "dui bu qi ..."  - or, on a more universal level, just trying to learn another language and have a native speaker give you a quizzical look (or worse, one of utter horror) when you try to say the simplest of sentences.


The tune sounds just like a Chinese pop song, too. Good job, guys!

And for another rendition of struggling "wai guo ren" attempting to master Chinese (because ... I guess I am in that category despite my deceptively Asian looks) :



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First video courtesy of Stephanie, second courtesy of Diana - all of us ABC's (American Born Chinese).