Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date : 2011-09-20
ISBN : 080277914X
Pages : 209 pages
Rating : 4.8/5 (27 users)
Summary Book Review Dreaming in Chinese by Deborah Fallows:
Download or read book Dreaming in Chinese written by Deborah Fallows and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2011-09-20 with total page 209 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book Synopsis: Deborah Fallows has spent a lot of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying learning the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering behavior and habits of its people, and its culture's conundrums. As her skill with Mandarin increased, bits of the language - a word, a phrase, an oddity of grammar - became windows into understanding romance, humor, protocol, relationships, and the overflowing humanity of modern China. Fallows learned, for example, that the abrupt, blunt way of speaking which Chinese people sometimes use isn't rudeness, but is, in fact a way to acknowledge and honor the closeness between two friends. She learned that English speakers' trouble with hearing or saying tones-the variations in inflection that can change a word's meaning-is matched by Chinese speakers' inability not to hear tones, or to even take a guess at understanding what might have been meant when foreigners misuse them. Dreaming in Chinese is the story of what Deborah Fallows discovered about the Chinese language, and how that helped her make sense of what had at first seemed like the chaos and contradiction of everyday life in China.