Not physically fight, but rather verbally 😉
If you’re living abroad learning Chinese then you’ll find that a lot of people, especially the younger generation, will try to speak English at every opportunity when they see a westerner coming. If you went to the trouble of moving abroad to learn Chinese, then you’re likely a serious learner and also out to speak Chinese at every opportunity.
The result of this, is that you’ll sometimes end up in a language ‘battle to the death’ – whoever is first to encounter a word they don’t know in the opposition’s language subsequently loses and has to revert to their mother tongue to finish the conversation.
Stand your ground in this kind of situation and be careful not to back yourself into a corner by using overly complex words from the outset – remember, the aim is to stay in Chinese-mode for as long as possible!
In some situations no matter what you do, the other person will refuse to speak Chinese and insist on continuing in English, don’t get frustrated or angry, just finish the conversation and move on. Have you ever come across a similar situation?