1 to 10

For some immigrants from China who are now parents of American-born Chinese, speaking and writing the language is the equivalent of keeping their culture and traditions alive. But for many American-born Chinese, learning Mandarin is a challenge. Parents, full of expectations for their children, often run into the resentment of their children who can be reluctant to do what’s necessary to master the language.

Unlike English which contains only 26 letters and is phonetic and inflected, Chinese is a tonal language with many more strokes and characters. In this animation, children were counting from 1 to 10, but most of them have a very strong accent. The relationship between cultural identity and accent. A immigrant speak English with a Chinese accent, now their children speak Chinese with a English accent. It’s impossible to speak without conveying some information through your accent.