Aussie, New Zealander and Irish native, the 31-year-old said that he first learned to speak the language in the 1980s, and that he now uses it to talk to others.
“When I was younger, I spoke Mandarin, but I never learnt it as a second language, because I didn’t think I could learn to speak Mandarin,” Mr Boudreau said.
“I never wanted to have to talk in Mandarin to people.”
It was just a language I learned from a friend, who was a professional Mandarin speaker.
“He said he now speaks English as a first language.”
English is the language of people I speak to, because it’s the language that my family speaks.
“My parents were French, so I grew up in France.”
There’s no language that I can’t understand, so it’s really difficult to speak to people from the mainland.
“Mr Boudrey said he has used the language for several years in order to get through to his wife and kids, but now finds it difficult to communicate with those who do not speak Mandarin.”
You’re trying to convey something, you can’t just just speak English.
“In the first few years, I did speak to some Chinese friends in English, and they were very understanding, but then I realised I was doing it for myself, so that’s when I learnt Mandarin.”
Mr Barrington said he had learned to use the language to express his frustration about the lack of opportunities in the city.
“The problem with Mandarin is that it’s not a universal language.
There are some people that don’t speak it, some people speak Mandarin and some don’t,” he said.
Mr Barrera said he also has difficulty understanding some of the more controversial language features of Mandarin.
He said it was frustrating that he could not communicate with people in Mandarin who spoke English, but he found it frustrating to speak in English to Chinese people who did not.
“Sometimes you just have to say, ‘Hello’, because they just don’t understand English,” Mr Barrera told 7.30.
“If you want to communicate in Mandarin, it’s so much more difficult, because they’re not going to listen to you.”
To me, it was really frustrating because I don’t really know what to say.
“What I would really like to do is speak Mandarin to my children, to my wife, my daughter, my granddaughter, but it’s a lot more difficult.”
Mr Dolan said the language was not a problem for him, because he does not speak it well and has not had a problem communicating with people.
Mr Dolas said he learned Mandarin to help people understand him.
“Now I’m a professional, I’m trying to get on with my life, and I’m happy with my Mandarin,” he told 7:30.
He also said he wanted to find ways to communicate using other languages, including Chinese.
“We do Chinese language, so we do Mandarin.
We’re all in Chinese now,” he added.”
But I’d love to use Mandarin as my first language, as I speak a lot of Mandarin in Australia, and to be able to speak a bit of English as well.”