Study on “Chinese Cultural Aphasia” of Non-English Majors

Min GUAN, Xuemei SU, Wenting LIU


Learning language is, as a matter of fact, a process of learning its culture.  However, current college English language teaching focusses on Western culture, while Chinese culture is being neglected. Therefore, many college students cannot accurately express words or sentences about Chinese culture in English. The study found that more than half of the non-English majors have difficulty in expressing some words or sentences which connect with Chinese culture in English. The author presents some of the causes of this phenomenon and puts forward some relevant strategies to solve the “Chinese Cultural Aphasia”.


“Chinese cultural aphasia”; Non-English majors; Chinese culture

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