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always a 老外?

Posted by andrew_c September 29, 2009 in the Group General Discussion.

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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