posted on May, 10 2014 @ 11:13 PM
a reply to: pheonix358
Please do not try to convince me that ten Chinese, sitting around a conference table, in a business meeting, are going to hold the meeting in English!
It will not happen.
Actually, it does happen. I don't know how often. But I know it happens.
Sometimes it happens to practice such discussions for an upcoming important meeting with foreign industrialists--whether customers or bosses or
Sometimes it happens because the Chinese boss of the company has decreed that is the way it is to be in order to maximize effectiveness when
foreigners are involved with the company leaders.
Sometimes it happens because the participants are zealous about one-upping their competitive cohorts in industry by having better PRACTICED
Certainly parents are also eagerly pressuring their kids to become proficient.
True. Not all the kids speak English well by any means. However, many, in raw numbers, do. Some speak much better than many native Americans speak--in
terms of educated, standard American or British or Australian English compared to idiomatic 'sub-dialects' in the USA, for example. Their
pronunciation can even be better and their grammar can be better.
Just imagine being part of a 1.x billion people . . . competing for the top positions as well as wealth. Their motivation for such striving is
unequaled by any Americans I've ever known. They KNOW that a major ticket to top positions and higher income is English. And, certainly in that and
other global contexts, it is.