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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!



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