多謝嗮 to the guys over at iTalki for correcting the grammar.
gam1 ziu1 ngo5 hai6 beng2 dim3 maai5 je5
This morning (it was actually about a month ago) I was in the bakery.
beng2 dim3 jau5 sei3 go3 siu2 pang4 jau6 jau5 hoeng1 gong2 jan4 soeng6 haa6; soeng6 haa6 ng5 go3 daai6 koi3 ng5 seoi3 jing1 man4 laak3 laak3 seng1
There were 4 children in there, Hong Kongers, probably around 5 years old, speaking English fluently.
jing1 gwok3 jan4 m4 sik1 ngoi6 jyu5 dim2 gaai2
dim2 gaai2 jing1 gwok3 jan4 m4 sik1 ngoi6 jyu5
Why can’t British people speak foreign languages?
ni1 go3 hai6 hou2 cau2 sei2 gwai2
This is a disgrace!
jing1 gwok3 hok6 zai3 hai6 hou2 hou2 ? m4 hai6
And the British education system good?! No!
ngo5 ji5 wai4 gok3 dak1 m4 hou2
I don’t think so.
jing1 gwok3 jan4 sik1 gong2 jing1 man4 laak3 laak3 seng1
Are British people even fluent in English?!
I’ve often talked about my frustration toward friends who seem affraid to let themselves accept Chinese culture in Hong Kong (probably one of the most Westernised cities in the whole of Asia). The idea of moving to a foreign country, living with people of the same race, eating western food, drinking in western bars, and generally running your life as if you had never left your own country just seems boring and in some cases borderline racist.
I wonder if we turned this idea on its head and had people moving England who refused to learn the language and fit into local society what they would have to say about it. I know from personal experience that there are clusters of foreign migrants in the UK who do follow this rule, and in general the local communities hate them. This usually boils over into racist attacks among those who are small minded enough to believe that if one person from a perticular race acts in such a way then they all must be the same.
I know of people who long to go home, as if coming out here was not their choice. They make wild claims about life back in England being of a substantially higher quality, and more fun. I wonder if they’re clinging onto their university days when they were out every night partying, or if they infact want to return home to their 9 to 5 job in their small town where everything closes at 8pm and the average night-in consists of Neighbours, Eastenders, and then a dose of whatever rubbish drama series the BBC has deemed acceptable to repeat.
Why come to a country if you refuse to accept its society? Why move to the other side of the world to a culture that you despise or cannot accept? If you are literally too small minded to even consider that your way of life is not necessarily the best for everyone, or that the British are superior in every way (a laughable statement when you start to pick apart the country and one which has entered me into many arguments), why bother leaving? If your home country is so great why are you here?
This attitude is something that repulses me and I’ve probably lost friends because of my aggressive comments toward people who offend me with their derogatory statements about Chinese people, or even just the city of Hong Kong.
On the other hand is it that I am so accepting of Asia and derogatory of the country in which I was born and educated that I am the offensive one for wanting to leave it all behind and totally and completely let myself become absorbed into the depths of Chinese society?
The one and only thing which is holding me back is my inability to comprehend the language.