China invaded by English


“The invasion of English words into the Chinese language must be stopped,” Huang Youyi, China’s most senior translator has claimed.
“If we do not pay attention and we do not take measures to stop Chinese mingling with English, Chinese will no longer be a pure language.”

I find this really interesting because it is largely true. China is steamrolling its way into the western world and English is playing an integral part of that journey. Not only has massive emphasis been placed upon learning our beloved (heh) language, but with so many foreign influences flooding into the country, what then happens to the culture?

For years, China has been tearing down heritage and replacing it with high rises. History has been largely forgotten in favour of progress, and more and more traditions are being pushed aside. The Chinese youth are becoming savvy to the activities of their western counterparts, with heavier emphasis on things such as independence and freedom becoming core underlying behaviours.

So what happens in the next fifty years when today’s younger generations; those who have been learning English from a very young age, become the ruling middle generation as such? Just how different will China become?

”’Some of our people think that using foreign words is a sign of being open-minded and international. ‘I do not think so. Instead, we should have confidence in our own language. You cannot expect others to respect you unless you respect yourself.”

Again, I agree with this statement – if China loses itself while trying to be the next United States, where then is their self-worth?

Of course, anyone who has been to China will understand it’s not actually as bad as it seems, and while the skyline is most definitely dominated by cranes and construction, it is still most definitely China. Scattered around the flashy new department stores, and sitting beneath the raised highways, the locals are still precisely that; local.

And while today’s youth might be swapping messages on mobile QQ, wearing Nikes and slurping down a Starbucks Mocca frappucino, in many ways, they are still largely innocent to the outside world.

So will this English invasion change China? Will Mandarin; the world’s most spoken language, be changed forever? Time will tell.


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