Saturday, 14 March 2009

Films & TV: Mad about English

Mad about English is an excellent documentary about the frenzied rush to learn English in Beijing before the Olympic Games. This film, which I watched last week, features lots of Chinese people struggling to speak English and lots of awkward foreigners struggling to understand them. Another highlight is the story of a Beijing taxi driver, which throws some light on the pre-Olympic "all taxi drivers will be sacked if they can't speak English" rumour.

I would like to see a follow-up documentary, which asks the stars of Mad about English if they thought it was all worth it. "Did they actually have any decent conversations?" "Are foreigners actually worth speaking to?" ...

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