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Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Defective book--cannot display characters

    I bought this book as a pre-publication order, and when it was published I found it did not properly display either the Chinese characters or the pinyin characters with first or third tone marks. After four calls to the service center and four days' wait I got my purchase price refunded and was assured that the book had been reissued in a corrected version. Trusting as I was I went ahead and bought it again and was disgusted to find the same problem with the new one. At least B&N agreed with me that the e-book ought to be as good as the print book, but it doesn't look like they're able to achieve that standard. I'm pretty disappointed. I hope it doesn't take another four days to get my money back on this one.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    Not Just For Those Learning Chinese!

    This is an enlightening insight into the inner workings of the Chinese language, but it will delight anyone who loves languages and how they work. Written by a professor of linguistics who hit the "Great Wall" of how Chinese really works and must be learned, the book is totally accessible to non-specialists as well. It is a memoir of Fallows's own experience in China rather than a "scholarly study," and it runs the gamut from clear explanations to wonderfully funny anecdotes. I highly recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2010

    for Chinese language scholars only!

    This is very short book and consists mostly of a discussion of the finer points of the Chinese language. The author does include some fascinating information about the Chinese culture which I had not known before. But as a non-linquist, I found a lot of this book inaccessible. Disappointing!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

    A fascinating book! HIGHLY recommended.

    Ms. Fallows uses her 3 years in China and training as a linguist as fascinating lenses for approaching the country, the culture, the people, and the language of China. She approaches the Chinese honestly, but with an obvious warmth and affection. She also makes admirable use of her academic training in linguistics to elucidate without ever talking above or down to her readers. Those who know China intimately and those who have never visited will be equally rewarded by this perfectly constructed gem.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    interesting for anyone interested in languages

    nice mix of personal reactions to China and Chinese, and fascinating tidbits about the differences between English and Chinese uses of words.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Recommended for those learning Chinese

    My granddaughter who has been to China found the book interesting and her husband who is now studying Chinese with her also read the book when it was available. Both seemed satisfied with the book.

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