Why not feverishly study Mandarin if you can’t speak the language, just to get a good job in HK/Asia?

This article highlights the reasons why it’s useless to do so.

Whereas being able to speak Mandarin if you’re white can easily get you a date (e.g., “Ooooh, how pang o! Ni hui jiang zhong wen ma!”), it may not be good enough to get you a deal.

If you are looking for a full-time position in Hong Kong handling China matters, you may be asked to read Chinese newspapers and translate analyst reports to Chinese, and it’s almost next to impossible if you studied Mandarin after 21 years old.

Yes, you can still speak of course. But never as good as the native speakers.

So yes, do try. But don’t be too disheartened about the “Can you speak Mandarin?” question. Instead, be honest and focus on what you can do, and do very well.

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. For everyone else, speaking Mandarin is a plus.

So let’s treat it that way. 🙂


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I'm a forgetful person. But I think a lot. Every day, a lot of thoughts enter my head. That's why this blog came to be: first, to keep my memories alive through the years, and two, to actually see how I and my thoughts have changed. Please note that I seldom draft or edit my posts. Sometimes, if I'm not careful, I offend some of you, my readers. And while I apologize for making you feel uncomfortable, I am not sorry for being honest or for making well-intentioned mistakes. I will however be the first to admit if I change my mind. Hence, do read and proceed with caution. My life is as colorful and as boring as you make it. I complain many days, but offer some encouragement in others. Life is fluid, it changes. So keep the positives and throw away the negatives, and I do hope that at the end of the day, you will enjoy reading the blog and leaving comments here and there if my posts touches you. Happy reading!
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