How do I feel when I speak Chinese? 说中文是什么感觉?

How do I feel when I speak Chinese? 说中文是什么感觉?



Hello! Good evening!晚上好!I’m so happy to see you. I’m树华, and it’s almost time to say good night.



But first, let’s have a chat.



BreatheLife, on喜马拉雅,asked me: “Is it cool for someone (like you) to speak two languages? When you speak another language fluently, how do you feel?” 



Well, I started learning Chinese in 2010. At first, it was very embarrassing. I knew my Chinese was not good, so I always felt nervous. I kept doing it, though, and after a while, it started to be fun! People were amazed that I could speak Chinese. They would say, “Wow, your Chinese is so good!” I felt very cool.

我2010年开始学中文的。开始的时候很尴尬。我知道我的中文不太好,所以一直感觉很紧张。我坚持了,然后过了一段时间,就好玩多了!别人都很惊讶说,“哇,你中文那么好啊!” 我当时感觉超酷。


After a couple years, though, I started using Chinese for work. Then it wasn’t very much fun. It was stressful, because my mistakes could cause problems for my company. I had to work very hard to make my Chinese good enough for my job.



Then, one day, I stopped worrying about it. I discovered that my Chinese was good enough for my job. Sometimes, I would even forget if I was speaking Chinese or English. What I mean is, Chinese started feeling normal to me.



That’s great, right? After all, when you talk with your friends, coworkers, and family, the language is not important. The important thing is what you say, and what you share with other people. Language is just a tool, but sharing is magic.



How about you? How do you feel when you speak English? I want to know, but now it’s time to say goodnight. So, goodnight!



  • BreatheLife


    来自美国的周树华 回复 @BreatheLife: 嗯嗯,在这个阶段可能只能这样吧,如果有机会在校园或者工作以外用英语交流的话就发展不同的角度吧

  • 听友208420850

    Good night!shuhua! I can understand most of what you say by listening except some new words ,l do know it is not enough like this .l need to keep practicing as much as l can,l wonder how you kept using it in your daily life when you started learning English.l am looking forward to your reply

    来自美国的周树华 回复 @听友208420850: I'm glad you like it! Actually, English is my native language When I started learning Chinese, I just used it as much as possible.

  • 小志你好

    Talking with people fuently in English is difficult for me.

    来自美国的周树华 回复 @小志你好: It takes practice! The more you do it, the easier it will be. I believe in you!

  • Julius__

    I have few Choices To talk with a foreigner, So I don't know how does it feel when I talk to a foreigner. Now I study English every day, Expecting that one day I could go abroad to talk to a foreigner. If it come true one day, I would come back To tell you how do I feel.

    来自美国的周树华 回复 @Julius__: Great! I'm looking forward to it!

  • BreatheLife

    树华,你不介意我的问题多吧我想外国的学生是不是真的像我老师说的那样(每天只用上几个小时的课,作业还很少)Thank you very much

    来自美国的周树华 回复 @BreatheLife: That's a good question! Schools in the USA can be very different. Some are easy, and some are hard. I don't know what schools are like in other countries. It's important to remember that 外国 isn't a place - aside from China, there are lots of countries with very different cultures and schools!

  • 洋洋_kF6

    Sometimes when talking, I just can't find proper words to describe ,but after a while, I could express them, so my speed is too fast or too slow. So could shuhua give me some advice ?

    来自美国的周树华 回复 @洋洋_kF6: I practice by talking to myself a lot! It's good practice for thinking of words more quickly.

  • 老姜_cj

    Holy Roman emperor, said, "To have a second language is to have a second soul" -

  • BreatheLife


  • 阿华_0e