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Dreaming in Chinese : Mandarin lessons in life, love, and language

Fallows, Deborah. (Author).

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Crookston Public Library 495.1 FAL (Text) 33500011131919 Main Available -
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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780802779137
  • ISBN: 0802779131 :
  • Physical Description: 205 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2010.

Content descriptions

General Note: "First published in Great Britain by Short Books in 2010"--T.p. verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 September #1
    "Fallows manages to take the relatively dry subject of translation and create a warm and witty memoir. Dwelling less on her own feelings then on the intricacies of language mastery, she shares experiences after she and her husband moved to China that taught her just how complex Mandarin can be. Such as the fact that there are 400 syllables in Mandarin as opposed to 10 times that number in English, making tone crucial in conversation. Fallows makes all this fascinating by writing in a thoroughly engaging manner that not only invites readers into her experiences, but also delights them with her discoveries. There is confusion with a Cantonese cab driver, the manicurist who envisioned "almost perfect happiness," and the employee at Taco Bell who thought Fallows wanted to hug him (she was inquiring about takeout). From observations about maps, naming children, and the struggle over one language for a nation where over 300 million speak something other than Mandarin, Fallows takes readers on a ride through Chinese culture that is as entertaining as it is informative." Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Deborah Fallows has lived in Shanghai and Beijing and traveled throughout China for three years with her husband, writer James Fallows. She is a Harvard graduate and has a PhD in Linguistics, and is author of A Mother's Work (Houghton Mifflin). She most recently worked in research and polling for the Pew Internet Project and in data architecture for Oxygen Media. When in the US, she and her husband live in Washington, DC. They have two sons and two daughters-in-law.

Subject: Language and culture China
China Civilization 2002-
Chinese language Social aspects
China Social life and customs 2002-
Americans China
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