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    He has stayed in China before and has a chinese teacher. Think his wife is a chinese too...

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    The interviewer asks questions in English, he answers all in Chinese.. haha
    It is the camera, not the photographer.
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    i'm ashamed, i think all acs boys are or should be

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZDragon View Post
    He has stayed in China before and has a chinese teacher. Think his wife is a chinese too...
    He studied Chinese language and Chinese history at university and later worked at the Aus embassy in Beijing. His wife is not Chinese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZDragon View Post
    He has stayed in China before and has a chinese teacher. Think his wife is a chinese too...


    Her Chinese name is Tha Rhe Sha:


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    I learnt that you should answer someone in the language that they ask you in... ho ho.
    Prime minister didn't learn that
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamadam View Post
    I learnt that you should answer someone in the language that they ask you in... ho ho.
    Prime minister didn't learn that
    Lukcy he didn't answer in Hokkien.

    That would put more people off.

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    Lukcy he didn't answer in Hokkien.

    That would put more people off.
    BAHAHAHA
    That would have been more exciting
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    Fwah! His mandarin is better than mine! He uses profound words that I don't use or dunno. Pronounciation is also quite accurate.

    nb but I think his hokkian will lose me.

    The interviewer's command of both English and Mandarin language is very very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    Lukcy he didn't answer in Hokkien.

    That would put more people off.
    lim bei ga li gong..

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    Pretty good.

    I've met quite a few foreigners who eagerly spoke mandarin to me, here in Singapore & overseas.

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    i'm ashamed, i think all acs boys are or should be
    Au contrar, most ACS fellas I know wear it like a badge of pride!

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    i better go hide soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drakon09 View Post
    Au contrar, most ACS fellas I know wear it like a badge of pride!
    There's a reason why its ACS and not CAS. But AC fellows may be quite proficient in Hokkien too.
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    Oh, I was from the school.
    My view is that the level of Mandarin amongst the students is the result of teachers who were proficient in Mandarin but who had absolutely no idea how to teach it well and there was at least one teacher who was just plain lousy/lazy.

    It is not because the students naturally disliked Mandarin.
    We genuinely wanted to learn it. The teaching was below-par.
    Most of the time, all the teachers could muster was to rely on ting-sair or mer-sair.

    Also, unfortunately in a school with a reputation for wealth amongst the families of many of its students, at least one Chinese teacher began to discriminate against those from poor family backgrounds (for example, me).

    I began to speak Mandarin some time after worklife, when I mixed with Mandarin speaking friends, watched Mandarin movies and Mandarin TV programmes, listened to Mandarin songs and that is the true immersion that leads to natural learning. You pick it up naturally without silly rote-memory methods that kill the interest in the language.
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