300M 'Chinglish' Speakers Can't Be Wrong
English as spoken in China may soon become a dialect
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 29, 2008 5:52 AM CDT
Rural Chinese towns often don't have much experience with native English speakers.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Some 300 million English speakers in China are altering the language in small but important ways—and may be creating their own dialect, Michael Erard writes in Wired. So-called "Chinglish"—which stresses unique syllables, drops dos and dids, and adds sounds for questions—has already been studied in a Hong Kong exhibit and is used widely in Singapore books and films.

Chinese does not require subjects in its sentences where English does, so travelers there may hear lines like, “Our goalie not here yet, so give chance, can or not?” And the “th” sound is often altered, so that “think" becomes “tink.” “Soon, when Americans travel abroad, one of the languages they may to have to learn could be their own," Erard notes.