- Nov 22 Sat 2008 21:48
- Nov 01 Sat 2008 11:13
What is Chinglish? It is Chinese-English. It is perfectly normal, when you learn a foreign language, that you think in your native tongue and try to translate word-for-word. Though this is a normal, understandable trait, it makes your foreign language sound, well, foreign. For instance, when I was first learning Chinese, I learned the word for old was lao (老). When it came time to talk about old clothes, though, my friend corrected me and said I had to say jiu（舊）. I was puzzled because English has the same word for old dog or old clothes: old. It took me time to think in Chinese, and it also takes Chinese speakers time to think in English. But be encouraged! Learning English just takes time and patience.