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    I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Hi.

    Context: I watched a video online. The video is about a group of elementary students from Macau singing a song for our motherland. The song is very famous. And at 43 seconds, a little girl came into the screen. We can clearly see her eyes were brimmed with tears. Macau was once dominated by Portugal. When it was under the dominance of Portugal, it was the darkest time of China. We were once partly succumbed to this country. At that time, a poet wrote a long poem about the losing cities of China, one is Macau. Macau is not its original name, its original name is Ma Gang in Chinese.
    After I watched the video, I sent it in a chatroom. This chatroom has 400 people or so. Then someone said to me "While we try to earn a living, you earn our tears". He meant that the video was touching and made him cry. I then said the following senetnce.

    It also moves me deeply. I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    I wonder if my sentence is natural.





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    #2

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    What were your thoughts behind using typically?

    Do you mean that you're not patriotic in the way that a typical Chinese national is?

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    #3

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    I would replace "typically" with "particularly" and add a comma after "but".
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    I'm not that patriotic.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    What were your thoughts behind using typically?

    Do you mean that you're not patriotic in the way that a typical Chinese national is?
    Let me explain the sentence's meaning.

    It also moves me. (The video also moves me deeply.)

    I'm not typically patriotic.
    (Here in China, many people are patriotic and to the extreme. But I'm rational. Unlike those who think the country or the government is always right, I tend to be more rational. Not thinking something is always absolutely right.)

    Chidlren's tears never lie.
    (I added this sentence to the chatroom because also now many young people here in China likes the freedom of speech while they don't think in China, people have the freedom of speech. Therefore, they don't like the current government. However, we do have thefreedom of speech. So, when the little girl was brimmed with tears in her eyes, she was expressing her true and sincere feelings to our country and this touches me. I am touched and moved not because I'm an irrational patriot but because this little girl of her sincere expressions of the country.)

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    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    I don't want to be overly picky but I don't think patriotic is precisely the right word.

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    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't want to be overly picky but I don't think patriotic is precisely the right word.
    Would you please suggest an alternative sentence?

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    #8

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Consider nationalistic.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Say:

    In China many people are patriotic to the extreme.
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    #10

    Re: I'm not typically patriotic but you know, children's tears never lie.

    Say:

    The little girl had tears in her eyes

    Or:

    Her eyes brimmed with tears.
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