speak chinese like a native

Affect of learning Mandarin Chinese on native English speaker

Posted by luke1978 January 18, 2014 in the Group General Discussion .

Hi All,

Just wondering if anybody else has noticed they are using english a bit differently since they started learning Chinese?

My wife stated the other day she noticed something different about how I speak(She only knows english)

In Australia we often say things like "You know what I mean" and lately I often say "My meaning is" which is like:

"我的意思是 - Wǒ de yìsi shì"

I even said to someone the other day "Do you want or not want"(Insert word)

"你要不要 - Nǐ yào bùyào"

I'm not too worried as I'm aware of it(I think) but it is a bit bizarre!

Luke

 

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