By Wu Jun
As to the question of "what is English", I will tell you what most Chinese think it is. It is something that you have to learn in order to go to college. Pass the CET to be eligible for graduation, and pass many other English tests to get promotion if you work in government or government-sponsored institute. English is something that is disliked by some Chinese people who have to learn it although they can't perceive any occasion where they can use it.
How to increase vocabulary and how to pass a certain tests are the most frequently asked questions. From this we can learn what English is in their mind.