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    #41

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    In the next two weeks of class I teach in Beijing Normal University Zhuhai, the opening "ice-breaker" (second class) will be, written large:

    Do not say:
    What?


    ...then i will lead a discussion on how to ask for repetition. I will suggest that Eh? and especially Ah? (thanks to my mother) can easily come across as rude to a non-acquaintance....mostly because in Chinese the same tonal Ah? is acceptable. I will show the others but tell that they are informal and to be used with friends only.

    The key is to get rid of What. "Shen2 me?" which is what? in Chinese is perfectly acceptable, and is the root of the "English" problem I think.

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    #42

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    Then they'll go to London and hear 'You what?' being used.

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    #43

    Re: pardon

    Quote Originally Posted by christopher mark kohler View Post
    In the next two weeks of class I teach in Beijing Normal University Zhuhai, the opening "ice-breaker" (second class) will be, written large:

    Do not say:
    What?
    Eh, what?


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