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Learn how to read the Chinese menu

Learn how to read the Chinese menu

Chinese Christmas dinner Despite being genetically Chinese, I have no idea how to read off the Chinese menu. So I’m reduced to ordering off the English menu – which is fine and great, but vaguely-remembered childhood delicacies are rather beyond me.

So thank goodness for kake’s guide on learning how to read off the Chinese menu, which I will study with great interest. And then never have the courage to use – because what self-respecting Chinese person doesn’t know how to order off the Chinese menu? And if I get it a little wrong, I’ll feel far more embarassed than if I’d never tried in the first place.

Incidentally, while searching for an appropriate video, I found a ton of videos which basically show white and non-white people talking fluent Cantonese. Why ?! I mean, I find it oddly fascinating but surely not everyone else does? We don’t see videos of Chinese speakers speaking English (or Russian) with aplomb…

That's one way to learn a language…

That's one way to learn a language…

As anyone who’s tried to learn a language will know, the conversations in language books tend to be extremely dull, anodyne and bear little resemblance to reality.

For a twist, how about having a Norwegian woman with a false moustache and breastplate,
talking to herself in Cantonese about getting to a whorehouse (and ordering chicken)…

(spotted via british-chinese.blogspot.com)

Chinese and from Hong Kong? I need your help!

Chinese and from Hong Kong? I need your help!

I suddenly have an exciting chance to go on a South-East-Asia jaunt via Vietnam to Hong Kong. The trouble is, I’m Chinese and I don’t speak a word of Cantonese, the local language.

Obviously, people are going to assume I can speak and read Cantonese – but when people realise that I can’t, are they just going to sit there and laugh at me before charging me the stupid tourist prices for everything, or will they just deal with me in English as they would with any other customer?

I mean, it’s bad enough when I walk into a Chinese restaurant in the UK, have to order in English and I can just see the waiter rolling his eyes…

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