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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Danny Tse, Jun 30, 2003.
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More Brain Power Needed for Mandarin Than English
So, Chinese rock is more cerebral?
For a moment I thought this thread was about watching CTHD on a DLP projector.
Now i have an excuse why my marks in Mandarin class were so low
I almost fell asleep several times during Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but I don't think it had anything to do with the language of the film.
I recently fell asleep during a silent film... what does that mean?!?
It means it was 1am and you had too much beer and....
Well, you get the point. :p)
From the article:-
lol, my situation is the same as Yee-Ming... Well cantonese was my 'frist' language, but then i came to Canada, and now I speak english perfectly no accent whatsoever... But my cantonese/mandarin has suffered a lot. Haha kinda funny coincidence working today... I had about 6 customers, seriously about FOUR of them could NOT speak english. I had to speak cantonese to one of them, and MANDARIN (which i have VERY limited ability in speaking) to the other three. I got by allright
Ironically, my first (chronologically-speaking) language ws Mandarin Chinese, the second was Dutch (I was born in Holland), and I only started learning English (I think) when we moved to England when I was about 6. Promptly forgot all my Dutch (sorry Cees!) but took English on board in place. As for accents, I used to speak exactly like a Brit (for obvious reasons), but that's faded a lot since I "returned" to Singapore.
I've wondered about the business of "hardwiring" the brain with regards to speech patterns, I was taking German some years ago and I found pronunciation a breeze despite all those nasty "ch" sounds, but a lot of classmates were struggling. Perhaps my early experiences in speaking Dutch helped wire some of those sounds in my brain, even though I don't actually know any Dutch today?
I probably learned English and Mandarin simultaneously during my childhood. Right now, I'd say my command over oral communications of the two languages are equal, but with better reading/writing skills in English.