White guys speaking Cantonese

  • beaujangle

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    Jul 28, 2013 9:58 AM GMT
    I'm pretty impressed and also amused ...

  • offshore

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    Jul 28, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    Why? There are plenty Chinese that can speak English so why not the other way round. These 2 probably grow up in Hongkong
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    Jul 28, 2013 12:38 PM GMT
    Haha that was funny. Cantonese sounds like a funny language.
    This reminds me when I was chatting in Japanese with a Bulgarian friend in Singapore. Japanese tourists saw us and they were shocked.
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    Jul 28, 2013 1:03 PM GMT
    Was it just me or did their English sound a bit Charlie Chan? I'm not saying they're racists, but making fun of people who immigrate to Canada doesn't exactly make them saints either.
  • MichaelUK

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    Jul 28, 2013 1:49 PM GMT
    Not surprising at all. China is growing economically and Cantonese/Mandarin are essential skills to have in the future to ensure the opportunities there are available to you.

    Same with English when looking for jobs in the West.



  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 28, 2013 1:53 PM GMT
    swimguychicago saidWas it just me or did their English sound a bit Charlie Chan? I'm not saying they're racists, but making fun of people who immigrate to Canada doesn't exactly make them saints either.


    I think they're speaking "Engrish" as a joke. People have been imitating accents for comedy for a very long time; I don't think they're being particularly offensive, but if they were speaking that way and talking about grilling dog behind their laundromat, then I'd be upset.

    It's getting more and more common in China for white people to speak Chinese well, but when you encounter Chinese people abroad and can speak Chinese, they flip out. I met 2 pairs of parents on a Coach USA bus here in Milwaukee who were visiting their kids' boarding school and they thought it was the craziest thing!
  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 28, 2013 2:05 PM GMT
    Every year the "Chinese Bridge" (汉语桥) competition tries to find the best Chinese speaker out of foreign university students who complete in speaking competitions all around the world. Check this out:


    Skip to 5:50 to see the beginning of the debate portion.
    Some of their tones are a little off, but they speak well enough to be featured on national Chinese TV!
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    Jul 28, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
    beaujangle saidI'm pretty impressed and also amused ...



    OMG, when they talk in English, their manners and accent are RIGHT ON. I think a lot of people can learn to speak Cantonese, but to immitate and act like one is very impressive. They seem very intelligent. If they were gay, I would go out with them any day. icon_biggrin.gifBeing different can be a plus.

    It was cool to watch even though I'm not Cantonese.
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    Jul 28, 2013 3:41 PM GMT
    HA! I can speak cantonese! ;) Only because I grew up in Hong Kong till I was 18 ;) It's actually a lot harder than Mandarin... 9 tones instead of 4... icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 28, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    Oh they aren't really taking the mickey out of the accent there, pretty much everyone does it over here in Hong Kong, wahey, we can laugh at ourselves can't we?
  • TannerMasseur

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    Jul 28, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    I think all of us would benefit from being multi-lingual icon_smile.gif We'd be more aware & appreciative of other cultures instead of being xenophobic.....
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    Jul 28, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    Hong Kong and Singapore are places that I have to visit for sure. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 28, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    Ha Ha! Incredible! Love it! Gotta go learn Cantonese now icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 28, 2013 6:36 PM GMT
    ,,,,ok 可是这个黑人说汉语。。。
  • beaujangle

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    Jul 28, 2013 8:11 PM GMT
    Blake1990 saidHA! I can speak cantonese! ;) Only because I grew up in Hong Kong till I was 18 ;) It's actually a lot harder than Mandarin... 9 tones instead of 4... icon_sad.gif


    Lei hoe ma, leahng chai?


  • Bunjamon

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    Jul 28, 2013 8:23 PM GMT
    ibnthegreatof8s said,,,,ok 可是这个黑人说汉语。。。


    谁想讲中文就可以讲吧!
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    Jul 28, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    It's great to learn a new language, nothing special about it, but great icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 28, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
    offshore saidWhy? There are plenty Chinese that can speak English so why not the other way round. These 2 probably grow up in Hongkong


    + 1, This !

    Basically if you're smart, cool, multi-cultural, you will embrace and learn a new foreign language. I know some Chinese (Mandarin) because I love Chinese food, culture and some of its music too! White people learn Chinese more now because of the Rise in Asia/China in the world economy! Lol, These 2 guys sound like a couple of old Chinese men in San Francisco.
  • Rush_

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    Jul 28, 2013 10:33 PM GMT
    Ngo seung gong gongdongwa :p
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    Jul 28, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    瞧!狗說話!

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  • dc415

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    Jul 29, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    GAMRican said瞧!狗說話!

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    lol i like how the dog's speech bubble is a copy-pasted restaurant name.
  • dc415

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    Jul 29, 2013 12:17 AM GMT
    yay Cantonese represent!
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    Jul 29, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    dc415 said
    GAMRican said瞧!狗說話!

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    lol i like how the dog's speech bubble is a copy-pasted restaurant name.


    It is a dog with good taste! icon_lol.gif
  • tseca66

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    Jul 31, 2013 11:23 PM GMT
    除了说中文,我也家教。icon_wink.gif
  • CityofDreams

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    Jul 31, 2013 11:25 PM GMT
    Many individuals have learned a foreign language. I don't see what's so impressive.