“Why don’t you speak Chinese?” asks your Chinese friend in English, causing you to slam your head against the wall. It’s surprisingly easy to live in China without speaking Chinese, and simultaneously difficult to get locals to help you practice. This sometimes happens because our Mandarin skills are so poor that locals with some degree of English proficiency would rather speak English. It also sometimes happens because the Chinese themselves want to practice their foreign language skills with you. While you could protest and try to insist everyone speaks to you in Chinese, there are some underhand ways to trick Chinese people into speaking to you ... Read More>>