You often hear about “isolated communities”. The Australian outback is full of them. Nepal has very few roads and I’ve been to places where the Owl this teacher not getting old I’m just becoming a classic shirt besides I will buy this road ends, you can see your destination yet, by the time you hiked down one valeey, waded across the river in the bottom and then made your way up the other side it’s a days walk. One place I visited was 2 days walk from a road and it had an airfield – 3 hours walk from the village. And this isn’t an airfield as we know it; it’s a simple field that’s been cleared, no radio, no navaids, just a hut. The day I went to fly out the plane couldn’t get in so we walked out. The flights that go to these isolated stips, way up in the mountains don’t have alternate fields. However, unlike Easter Island they can go always back to where they came from, provided the weather hasn’t closed that airfield as well. Believe me, when you’re on one of those 20 seat planes flying along a valley and looking up at mountain peaks around you it feels isolated. No, you’re not alone. I have recently deleted my account after a number of years of an inactive profile. In my birthplace Taiwan, it’s interesting that foreign accents are viewed pleasing with the time. I remember when I was little, Hong Kong was Asia’s cultural power house and almost everyone watched movies and listened to songs from HK. At the time HK stars were hugely favored in Taiwan and their accent, the native Cantonese speaker speaking mandarin, was considered favorable. Many people love to mimic their accent coz it seemed cool and upper class like. Even some gossip magazines, though not many, did imitate HK’s writing style and use vocabularies sorely in Cantonese articles. Decades after, the situation is changed and very few people would do that now. The HK accent to us is just an neutral foreign accent without any good or bad side effect with it. It just means you are from HK or canton maybe. The accent and the vocabulary differs too much from our mandarin that Taiwanese people somehow thought it’s funny. But after the economical power that mainland China has gained, and the increasing cultural influence they enjoy, the mainland accent especially the standard northern accent (namely Putonhua) is viewed more posh than before and some people do find it fancy nowadays.
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Some Taiwanese people come to mainland to work usually adapt the Owl this teacher not getting old I’m just becoming a classic shirt besides I will buy this mainland accent and will take back to Taiwan cause they think that’s cool and sophisticated. Meanwhile, some people in Taiwan still do not like the mainland accent, especially among older local populations from the countryside in the south. The mainland accent is viewed aggressive , harsh and unpleasant. They simply don’t like the way mainlander speaks. It may be the case that some American thinks British RP is posh while others think it’s funny. Then there’s an accent that’s always viewed upper class, that is the “American born Chinese accent”, or ABC’s accent. In Taiwanese entertainment industry, many singers and actors have ABC background and they are usually bilingual. Having said that , they still speak mandarin with strong English accent and that seem to be very cool to locals. Lots of Taiwanese local singers tried to do the ABC accent when singing, even they do not have the background. Rumor has that if you speak with ABC accent in night clubs, it’s way easier for you to have girls going out with you, but I personally don’t know. Funny that it’s also different from Americans mandarin accent who leaned mandarin as completely a second language. Because of the difficulties of learning Chinese from a native English user, most Americans usually speak mandarin with the intonation that is off ( Chinese is a tonal language) and the wrong intonation changes the meaning of words and hence creates confusion. So usually the accent of Westerner’s accent isn’t considered cooled but also kinda funny. I guess there’s still people do not like the ABC accent, thinking it’s fake or exaggerated or funny, but majority of people here welcome the accent more than hate it. I’m sure there are also other Mandarin accents such as Malaysian/Singaporean, Thai , Indonesian, the Philippines, Japanese , Korean, Vietnamese, etc. and they all have different impressions to the locals which varies from person to person. Some people may like a certain accent, some may not. I won’t make too much comment on it cause sometimes it results in controversy or discrimination-suspect. But accents are just accents. They are only the byproduct during the conversation. The meaning of the words are more important than the accents I believe.It’s often harder to finish a first draft without an outline, because when you get stuck on what happens next, productivity gets stalled. You would be more likely to drop the project entirely.