xindanwei chitchat edition 3

April 23, 2010

bookable event

Language Power Struggles in Shanghai

Time: 16:30 – 18:30, April 23, 2010

Cost:free

When two people from different countries meet, how do they decide what language to speak?  Does this work the same way in Shanghai as in other places?  If you’re a foreigner, does it sometimes feel that Chinese people don’t want you to speak in Chinese?  Do you feel that you “should” speak the language of China in China?  If you’re Chinese, do you feel that foreigners “should” speak to you in English?  Do they sometimes seem resistant to this?  These topics are all related to the sociolinguistic topic of “Language Power Struggles in Shanghai,” a phenomenon which affects us all.  The talk is given by John Pasden, founder of AllSet Learning.  You are invited to come and share your own experiences.  The talk is bilingual; feel free to use either English or Chinese to participate.


Registrered users for this event:
parisyxc
chenxu
aaajiao
sinosplice
mafada
liuyan
yourjj
shauntang
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2, 3, 4 | Sinosplice
April 21, 2010 at 9:27

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1 mike April 21, 2010 at 12:53

When swearing/annoyed, definitely go with English, you won’t sound like a twit going on about Turtle Eggs…

The rest of the time, Chinese of course! :D

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2 aaajiao April 20, 2010 at 19:44

我是在觉得可以多办几次

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3 matt April 20, 2010 at 14:32

Fascinating subject John, something that often frustrates me in China!

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