I love listening to Beijingers speak Chinese. They seem to form words in the back of their mouths and most sentences seem to end in “errrr” or “arrrr”.
I’m certainly not the only person to notice this and, I recently I heard one person humorously describe it as the “Beijing pirate accent.”
Such an apt description.
A few weeks ago, while in Beijing, I saw a television news report about how Beijing wants to be an international city like London or New York. To do this, they believe that English has to be more widely spoken.
To achieve this, they will start teaching Kindergarten students English next year. They also want more police officers and border guards to speak English and have target dates to achieve this.
So why does Beijing want to become an international city, you may ask? Part of the reason is that they want to attract more corporate head offices. In other words, the reasons are economic.