Chinese-English Cultural Differences
To me, there aren’t any fundamental differences between the cultures of these two countries. We’re all human beings, so in my opinion each country’s culture is 90% the same. Although people like to focus on the differences, I think that on the whole it’s the same. When answering this question, some people might put forward this kind of example: “Chinese people are very hospitable, whilst English people are more reserved.” This opinion may be correct. However, I’ve never been a guest in an English household that wasn’t generous. It seems that everyone likes to be generous in welcoming guests to their home.
If there are genuine differences between these two cultures, I think that the largest are certainly in what people think about foreigners studying their native language. I think that English people might be more used to language learners than people in other countries. This is due to English being a global language. There are many people in the world studying English, so English people are used to learners’ non-standard accents, their grammatical errors and so on. The result is that English people usually have no problem understanding what foreigners say. But there aren’t that many people studying Chinese, so I think some Chinese people aren’t very used to foreigners’ accents and mistakes. Of course, another explanation of this situation is that Chinese is harder to learn than English. Furthermore, I still don’t think this a huge cultural difference.