always a 老外?
Does one ever get to a point in their fluency in speaking Chinese and understanding of Chinese culture, that they will not constantly be treated like an outsider?
I am mainly interested in hearing about the experience of people who are quite fluent and well-versed in the culture, and perhaps living in China. Some particular questions:
1. Do people who know you speak Chinese still speak English to you anyway because it is weird speaking Chinese with a foreigner (even if it is a conversation where everyone else is speaking Chinese, yourself included)?
2. Is there always the 20 questions every time you meet someone new and open your mouth in Chinese?
I don't want to be too negative, so let me just say that my happiest moments speaking Chinese have been the one or two times I heard something like "wow, it's almost as if you're not really a foreigner!" or this one time I dialed the wrong phone number and the person who answered in Chinese, couldn't see my face, and just spoke to me in Chinese.
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