学中文,实际吗?英国读者大交锋

最近,伦敦市长 Boris Johnson(鲍里斯·约翰逊)去了一趟中国,回来后对中国赞誉有加,还要英国所有学校都要教中文。

政治人物的甜言蜜语,其实大家大可不必当真。要英国中小学都教中文,当成正课,那是不可能发生的事。

英国《泰晤士报》(The Times) 前两天有篇报道:Boris 说:“英国学校应该教汉语” Teach Mandarin in British schools, says Boris。市长话一出,媒体总要热闹热闹探讨一番。我看了文章底下的读者讨论,相当有趣。

Boris Johnson

由于《泰晤士报》电子版要收费,你们无法读到读者留言,我就摘录几则好玩儿的来和大家分享:

1)Does Boris speak Mandarin ? As much as I agree with the idea of teaching children other languages, I would prefer it if they learnt to speak their own correctly first. If I hear another “Innit” I will scream. (Nowland 留言)

(Boris 会说汉语吗?好吧,小孩学外语好处多,我知道,可是我宁可他们先把自己的语言学好。如果再让我听到有人说 Innit,我就要发飙了!)

2)It doesn’t matter whether we learn Chinese or not. The most important language any adolescent can learn is higher mathematics and science….(Rajeev Kapoor 留言)

(我才不管学不学中文。最重要的是高数和科学。)

3)Fine, Boris, by all means, but let’s first teach them to express themselves in correct, appropriate and graceful English. (Mrs Melanie Eskenazi 留言)

(Boris, 学中文没问题,但是请先教我们的孩子使用正确、适当、优雅的英语来表达自己。)

4)Good old Boris. And yes, he is one of my favourites. But teaching Mandarin in schools..? I must say that is bonkers..! Conversational Mandarin, perhaps – both my grandchildren speak it, and Japanese. Mandarin Chinese is learned by repetition for there are so many rules even the Chinese have problems understanding the fundamentals….(Edward O’Brien 留言)

(Boris 我好喜欢你哦,可是,要在学校里教汉语?你简直就是个疯子。口语汉语当然没问题,我的两个孙子都会说点儿汉语和日语,但是学中文需要不断重复,规则繁多,就算中国人自己都搞不懂基础中文。)

5) Does anybody still use the outdated word ‘Mandarin’ any more? The modern standard language of China is just ‘Chinese’ surely. There aren’t any mandarins around any more…(R Thompson 留言)

(还有人在用这个过时的词儿:‘Mandarin’ (官话)吗?我想现代标准中国话应该就叫 Chinese 吧。现在已经没有什么官吏了啊!

市长说: 大家都来学汉语
市长说: 大家都来学汉语
6)Here is a better idea Boris, why don’t we teach English to reasonable standards. A recent OECD study showed we were 22nd out of 24 advanced countries for literacy and numeracy among 16 to 24-year-olds. Instead of pratting about with Mandarin, so you can play the gallery, why don’t you concentrate on the real skills our children and young people need. After all, this country gave the world one of its most important languages and we seem to be seriously falling behind in our ability to teach it….(Graham Thoburn 留言)

(Boris,为什么我们不先好好把英文给教好?最近经济合作与发展组织有份报告指出,我们 16-24岁的青年,在全球24个先进国中,他们的识字和数学的能力,是排行第22位的。与其说什么学汉语,倒不如提升孩子真正需要的技能。)

7) Good idea Boris, let’s all learn Mandarin. Then we we all can write to China to explain about freedom and how terrible is Communism. (Mr Alan Green 留言)

(好主意,Boris. 让大家都来学汉语。那么,我们就都可以写信给中国,向他们解释什么叫自由,也让他们知道共产党是多么的可怕。)

8)Good idea. We can also teach the Chinese about our welfare state, and provide other ideas as to how to they can ruin their economy. I am certain that they will welcome our guidance. (Donovan Wright 留言给Mr Alan Green )

(好主意。我们可以把我们的福利国制度都教给中国人,也传授给他们些点子,告诉他们如何摧毁他们的经济。我想中国人会欢迎我们的指导的。)

9) We could also learn from the Chinese about their Great Leap Forward and their Cultural Revolution, which together resulted in the deaths of 70 million people. But I am not certain we will. (Fullpelt 给 Donovan Wright 和 Mr Alan Green 留言)

(我们也可以好好向中国学习他们的大跃进、文化大革命,这两样加起来造成了七千万人的死亡。但是我不确定我们会这么做。)

10)FULLPELT….Best stay in your little island, pull up the drawbridge then you don’t have to learn from anybody and stay in splendid isolation.(Richard Ching 给 Fullpelt 留言)

(Fullpelt,你就最好乖乖的呆在你的小岛上,把吊桥拉上,那么你就什么都不必学,尽情享受隔离的光荣吧。)

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8 thoughts on “学中文,实际吗?英国读者大交锋”

  1. 「学中文」的提议引发了「更应该学好母语英文」、「反对接受中国暴政文化」等有意思议题。缺乏论据支撑的只言片语引发了发散性讨论,是新浪微博也有风格。不幸(或也是幸运的是),大家只是各说各话,说完就完,也少人想真正去了解Boris为什么要提倡了。

    1. 我喜欢看报上的这些“评论”。你可以看出有的人真是足不出户的,一提到中国,就要搬出大跃进来凑热闹。你说得对,没有什么深思熟虑的评论,简直就是各说各话。

    1. 是不容易的。我们家里,我是说中文的,孩子的中文也说得不够好。 (惭愧!)
      但是,好与不好的界定,是什么呢?
      我们华人,学英语学了几十年,老是说我们自己的英文不好。
      很多老外,只会说你好、再见,就说他们会说“一点儿”中文了,就开始有点儿自信了。
      英国学校里教外语,也只是教生活有关的话题,和学生有关的吃喝、校园生活有关的话题而已。
      我们的孩子学英文,背很多生词,很多语法,课题广,但没看完一本好看的故事书。然后觉得学习英文很痛苦。
      很多问题值得思索。
      谢谢留言。你的图片很漂亮呢!

      1. 我在国际学校教中文,很多年了,总觉得用二外的教材,孩子学了很多年,会说会用的句式结构还是很简单。即便是母语是中文的孩子,在国际学校也不愿意看中文书,除了中文课,其他时间都不愿意说中文。说实话,我都不好意思责备孩子不看中文书,我自己也不是不愿意多看英文书,谁不愿意挑容易的呢?确实有很多问题值得思考,有机会多交流。:) Btw,图片是照着照片描的,嘻嘻。

      2. 你所说的那些中文教材,我是很熟悉的。孩子认真学个几年,是个不错的起步,但正如你所言,句式结构很简单,题材范围很小。不过,这是个起步,不少孩子长大后会去度假,去中国继续上课,去外卖店买牛肉炒面吃。

        需要更多有心人从事中文故事书的编写。

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