We all know and love Engrish- hilariously bad English sometimes produced by native Chinese speakers. But is there an equally pat Chinese phrase to describe the converse- the weird, pitiable attempts at correct Chinese made by the benighted 老外? Seems only fair that there would be...

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    I have never heard Chinese speakers saying "Engrish". Even phonetically they would never use an 'r' here, as a Japanese or a Korean speaker might would. How pitiable your question is.
    – imrek
    Feb 21 '15 at 11:14
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    it's more of a generic term to refer to odd English usages by native speakers of various East Asian kangauges (especially Chinese and Japanese) Feb 21 '15 at 12:54
  • @Drunken Master Perhaps "Engulish" is a better term? Mar 11 '15 at 22:44
  • haha "Engulish" is cool too, just not what we use :) Mar 11 '15 at 23:41

I don't think there's a sweeping term for that and I don't think the word Engrish is actually a term either.

But here is something might humour you.

伦敦音: London accent. It's actually from a 相声(Chinese Stand-up comedy) piece. Basically means the way of English speaker trying to say Chinese but can not get the rhyme and all the tones right. And to add humour effect, both 伦 and 敦 are pronounced in flat tone.

  • works for me - btw "Engrish" is definitely a term, for better or for worse. Thanks! Feb 21 '15 at 3:31
  • @MasterSparkles Good to know. Although I don't think there's a term for Chinese with foreigner accent, I do know a term the Chinese use to make fun of us speaking English. Chinglish, which my English teacher told us to avoid. Some typical Chinglish is pronouncing C as Say or V as Vay or We as Way. Feb 21 '15 at 8:03
  • yup Engrish==Chinglish. Same thing :) Feb 21 '15 at 12:55
  • @MasterSparkles Here you say Engrish=Chinglish, but above you say Engrish is odd English usages by native speakers of various East Asian languages including Japanese. I think these are coarsely humorous words and not really respectable. Feb 24 '15 at 1:30
  • I agree... That's why I'm curious whether the Chinese have any similarly uncouth terms to describe our attempts at Chinese, to balance things out :) I'm not really sure why I should care if such words are "respectable" or not - they're there, and should be thought about and understood ... Feb 24 '15 at 1:31

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