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29 October 2014

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The Voices Recordings
Interviewee Yin Fun Lok

Born: 25 July 1950

Lives: Belfast, Antrim

Time lived in area: More than 10 years

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Yin Fun explains how difficult it was when she first came to Belfast, how she managed to deal with customers at her restaurant, and learning English when she employed local staff.

Language of interview: English

Duration: (mins/secs)

About the interview

The participants were asked to describe how they spoke in their own words.

How do you describe your accent: "Poor"

Have there been other influences on the way you speak: Not Given

Do you have skills in languages other than English?: Yes

Other languages: Chinese

About this interview
I remember when I come here there was no interpreting for people, I can't speak english nobody can help me you know and even I go to hairdressers just let them do whatever they like, cut the hair and...because I can't speak english just let them do it. Interviewer: Was it it really difficult? Yin Fun Lok: yes, very difficult. Even go to hospital you know, can't get anybody to help but when is chinese welfare is set up you know it's very handy for those people. I learn english uh when I empoyed uh local staff you know for the counter because I can't speak english I need to do the cooking. Sometime the staff is sick or something you know they not turn in, the customer come in and I would ask whgat they like they just point the lumbers, they point to lumber twelve I just go in the kitchen because we have why a chinese number twelve and what it is. Even people say no onions or nothing uh uh, I don't understand sometimes keep them on and they bring it back I say I don't want onions but still onions there.
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