2012年6月14日 星期四

English Name

"Why do you use an English name?"

"Why do Chinese people have to get an English name?"

Is it because English culture is much better or more powerful than Chinese culture?

No. The reason is simple: Chinese is too hard. A lot of Chinese speakers understand English, but a lot of English speakers don't understand Chinese at all. Anyone who cares about most people's convenience will use an English name as well.

There's no need to feel hurt or sad for using an English name. If Chinese is easy to learn and use, most people on Earth will choose Chinese! Who can blame a cultural choice like this?

中文很難學;相當難背誦字型、書寫字體、或在溝通上辨識清楚聲調與語氣。對話中含有大量同音異義字、破音字、變音字,是很難學習的外語。

以上這段文字,試問母語非中文的人士要學習多久才能正確地聽、說、讀、寫?中文難度高,連大多數華人小朋友都是在代代死背、硬記、抄寫的填鴨教育法下才學起來,如何要求它成為全球最強勢的語言文化呢?
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