Originally Posted by Dominic
haha...I'm the exact opposite of you. My Mandarin isn't very good so I usually translate from English to Mandarin...
In my case I'll speak Mandarin to my Chinese friends, and then I run out of words and add English...
(off topic sharing)Being a Chinese legally but not technically can be quite weird sometimes, but it's fun! I have a Chinese legal name and all, but because I'm half-Indian people usually think that I'm either a Malay or Punjabi...(Yay, 1Malaysia!).
The fun stuff I did with my friends
I notice that some pure Chinese I know are a bit shy to talk to me...so what I do is I'll go talk to them in Mandarin, and they'll be BOTH shocked and feel funny at the same time, then they'll get all curious and ask more about this. (in the end some of these friends are now my best friends!
And, if people are gossiping about me or someone else in Chinese thinking I don't know it, I somehow like to barge in and nicely interrupt IN Mandarin, and I love seeing the looks of it on their faces! MWAHAHA...(sound evil leh) Now I wished i can understand tamil...(end of off-topic sharing)
Actually I think that one does not have to speak with their friends in English when they feel more comfortable in mother tongue...that's why normally I speak Chinese to a Chinese, Malay to a Malay...don't know Tamil but if I did I would say it to an Indian as well. It opens up people to you