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31. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

I'm actually quite surprised that you can write Chinese. Most ethnic Chinese born outside of China don't know how to read or write the language even though they speak it. It is common for the Malaysian-Chinese to be literate in Chinese?

32. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

I'm actually quite surprised that you can write Chinese. Most ethnic Chinese born outside of China don't know how to read or write the language even though they speak it. It is common for the Malaysian-Chinese to be literate in Chinese?

How about you Viv? Are you fluent in Chinese, and can read and write it? What language do you speak when you talk to your Mother or Father? Is English your 2nd language? and then french the 3rd? What language do you use most often in Montreal French or English???

33. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

How about you Viv? Are you fluent in Chinese, and can read and write it? What language do you speak when you talk to your Mother or Father? Is English your 2nd language? and then french the 3rd? What language do you use most often in Montreal French or English???

I left China at age 11, so I had already learnt how to read and write. I speak a mixture of Shanghainese (the dislect we speak in Shanghai) and French with my mom and a mixture of English and Mandarin with my dad. Technically, Shanghainese is my first language, then I learnt Mandarin, my second language in primary school. So I suppose that English is my third language and French is my fourth. In Montreal, all my friends are Anglophones, so I speak English with my friends, but on the streets I speak French (it's more "politically correct" to speak French to strangers), and I work in both languages. Is that confusing enough?

34. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

Quoting Travel100

How about you Viv? Are you fluent in Chinese, and can read and write it? What language do you speak when you talk to your Mother or Father? Is English your 2nd language? and then french the 3rd? What language do you use most often in Montreal French or English???

I left China at age 11, so I had already learnt how to read and write. I speak a mixture of Shanghainese (the dislect we speak in Shanghai) and French with my mom and a mixture of English and Mandarin with my dad. Technically, Shanghainese is my first language, then I learnt Mandarin, my second language in primary school. So I suppose that English is my third language and French is my fourth. In Montreal, all my friends are Anglophones, so I speak English with my friends, but on the streets I speak French (it's more "politically correct" to speak French to strangers), and I work in both languages. Is that confusing enough?

Confused the hell out of me. Don't know how can even keep track of what language to speak. You must have a well organized brain .

35. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

I don't see my parents often, so really all I have to worry about in my daily life is English and French. Seeing that I live Montreal and almost everyone speaks both languages, even if I mix them up, nobody cares. So, fortunately, very little of my brain is devoted to keeping track of which language to speak and when.

36. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100 to mtlgal

Confused the hell out of me. Don't know how can even keep track of what language to speak. You must have a well organized brain .

uh-huh. A bit like this fellow -

37. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal to Jared

I'm actually quite surprised that you can write Chinese. Most ethnic Chinese born outside of China don't know how to read or write the language even though they speak it. It is common for the Malaysian-Chinese to be literate in Chinese?

I like to read the Chinese papers on Sunday mornings. Word by word, sentence by sentence, paragraphs by paragraphs. And after each paragraph, i re-read it again to digest the information. By the time i'm done with the cover story, it's time for dinner...
Seriously, i can't write in Chinese. But with the hanyu pinyin, knowing the phonetic sounds makes it easy to type(write) using NJStar.

The Malaysian Chinese? They speak Mandarin, the Hokkien and Cantonese dialect, Malay and English. It's amazing. I tell myself, i must learn more Malay words..
On a whole, they are pretty proficient in Chinese but i'll leave it to Hien and other Malaysians here for a clearer picture.

38. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Oh I'm sorry Jared, I meant Singaporean-Chinese. I admire the fact that you put so much effort into reading Chinese, God knows it's a complicated writing system. I'm quite thankful that I grew up with parents who are both writers, and kept "forcing" me to read their boring books, otherwise I may no longer be literate in Chinese today. Sshhhh, don't tell my parents that I'm actually thankful of them for something...

39. Posted by newguy (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

English is the business language here but it's pretty common and accepted to communicate with your Chinese friends and colleagues in Mandarin. Outside school, u dont get to write in Chinese as much as u'd like to, of course, unless u have a strong interest in the language. I can't speak for the entire Chinese population here, but since u asked, i think most of us(younger generation), are able to read and speak Chinese, but i dare say we can't write. It comes as a disgrace if u dont know actually, because there are alot of Malays here who can speak Mandarin.

Dont worry, if i ever get to see your parents, i'll just tell them that they have a daughter who keeps her gratitude for them not on the lips, but in the heart.

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