Wanna Learn Chinese? Learn Malaysia Chinese! | Taiwan Chinese v.s Malaysia Chinese
I don’t know how many times I have been asked this question…
“Eh? How come you can speak Chinese?!”
“Shen, did you understand the Chinese word I just said?”
If you speak Chinese and you have lived abroad in your life, I suppose these questions sound familiar to you don’t they?
Yes, it’s not only that Chinese speakers in the world don’t know we, Chinese Malaysian speak Chinese, neither they believe that you understand Chinese as natives do even though you managed to convince them to believe you speak Chinese. (my mouth really got tired of explaining it over and over again..-.-)
So here I am. Making this video to tell you that….
“We Chinese Malaysian, speak Chinese!
We understand Chinese as native does!
And, our Chinese language is very diverse!”
Taiwan Chinese v.s Malaysia Chinese
Mao & I
Just in case some people might wonder who Mao is or maybe, “Who the f*** Shen is?!” lol.
Mao and I are from the same university – Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. We came to Kyoto Ritsumeikan University for 1 year exchange together. Since then, we have become BFF (Best Friend Forever, NOT Boy Friend Forever OK? lol)
I have read some comments on the video saying that “Shen sexually harassed Mao in the video”.
Once again, Mao and I are BFF, no sexual harassment attempted in the video. Thanks for your understanding.
Somehow It Went Viral
I and Mao were aiming to gain 10k views in 1 month for this video. As a result….we received 30k views on Youtube in 3 days!!
Other than Youtube, some major Malaysia sharing pages also shared my video on their pages. Such as
Facebook News 新闻最前线 (3k shares)
分享无国界~保证笑死你 （3.6k shares)
Crazy Kopitiam (2k shares)
The Main Message of the Video
Although the social power got me excited, I started to feel worry about the media literacy issue of my works. It seems that some people took my message wrongly.
I realized some comments on Facebook put their focus more on the win and lose of the game, some even misunderstand that Shen is misleading people to abandon learning standard Chinese language.
My friends…….NOOOO!! As what I said at the end of the video, my message was to tell people to interact more with other country cultures!
Please don’t put emphasis on the battle and the explanation of the Malaysia Chinese (dialect-combined) language. In fact, Malaysia Chinese language is too diverse that different Chinese ethnics use different pidgin words. Please stop playing the game of defining “What is Malaysia Chinese language”.
Let’s leave the question to scholars who study about Malaysia linguistic. In this video, the message is very simple.
“Open your heart to other languages and cultures.“