"别说英语。"

Translation:Do not speak English.

November 24, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7JOtc007

I found this in the "Health" lesson... Is speaking English bad for your health?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Melarish

LOL. In France maybe


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Psiredem

I am French and despite the sick burn, I wholeheartedly agree.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/James163008

There's a stereotype about French people being very elitist about French being the superior language. If you go to France, you might encounter a snooty taxi driver or server who refuses to speak English out of principle. The commenter is just referencing that sort of thing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/olihlt

not a stereotype. fact.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShaneCrill

Yes you'll lose many hearts using English properly when chinglish is what the duo algorithm speaks.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Quentin431925

What's the difference between 别说英语 and 不要说英语 here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alotofpeople

别 is more forceful: "don't" or "it's prohibited". 不要 would be gentler, or for if it's for their own good.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tjatwood42

I would think that the second is more polite/formal.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/George792719

现在, 我 只 说 汉语, 别说英语


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joao_o_ovo

Is there a difference between 别 and 不要?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShaneCrill

There is but duo's English translator doesn't seem to get the difference.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hxuanmin

Can we use 不要说英语 here?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinationVoid

I think that's OK too


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PerAmneus

I used it successfully on one of my Chinese colleagues


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Yael368384

'Stop speaking English' presupposes that the person you are addressing has spoken English, while 'don't speak English' can be said as a warning before they got a word out of their mouths...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TonyBerjaya

I like this sentence!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DestinationVoid

别喜欢这个句子。


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NickSchmitt255

"Stop speaking English". Is this an accurate translation?


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