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

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, And Language - Deborah Fallows Deborah Fallows is a linguist, but still she struggled to learn Chinese when she and her husband spent three years living and traveling in Shanghai and Beijing. Using insights she gained from her language studies, this short fun book explores Chinese culture through the idiosyncrasies of Mandarin, China’s most common language. Each of the 14 chapters covers a different linguistic and cultural quirk, including why the Chinese aren’t good with pronouns, why they don’t often say, “I love you” and why they consider too much politeness to be rude.