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10 thoughts on “Speaking of Chinese

  1. says:

    A book that DEFINITELY whetted my interests in Chinese An overview of the history that created such a unique and influential language which includes its quirks that have required many changes this last century I must admit, my five star rating is largely due to my lack of exp...


  2. says:

    Insightful, short book into Chinese linguistic history, with some fascinating cultural insights along the way I enjoyed it especially since I ve studied a very little Chinese and many of the chapters filled in gaps or reinforced things I d learned alre...


  3. says:

    Language has always fascinated me, but I never attempted to learn the Chinese language because of all the horror stories you hear about those that have learned it they say the language is very complicated and takes longer to master than other languages However, when I read the back of this book Here is the book for the person who wants to knowabout Chinese without learning to speak or write it, or who is about to begin learning it I decided to give it a read.Interestingly, the language Language has always fascinated me, but I never attempted to learn the Chinese language because of all the horror stories you hear about those that have learned it they say the language is very complicated and takes longer to master than other languages However, when I read the back of this book Here is the book for the person who wants to knowabout Chinese without learning to speak or write it, or who is about to b...


  4. says:

    I ve been interested in the Chinese language in the last two years, ever since hosting an exchange student from Malaysia who spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay as well as English I ve taken a year of Mandarin Chinese and hope to get the chance to improve my language skills Speaking of Chinese was a fascinating book because it talked about the Chinese language and culture It answered some questions I had and I was pleased to learn that I already knew some of the answers Did you know that Mandar I ve been interested in the Chinese language in the last two years, ever since hosting an exchange student from Malaysia who spoke Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay as well as English I ve taken a year of Mandarin Chinese and hope to get the chance to improve my language skills Speaking of Chinese was a fascinating book because it talked about the Chinese language and culture It answered some questions I had and I was pleased to learn that I already knew some of the answers Did you know that Mandarin and Cantonese use the same characters but the characters are said differently For example, a Cantonese speaker would be able to communicate with someone who spoke Mandarin by writing characters, but not by voice I definitely found this book useful, and better yet, I didn t take long to read it I had some other books to read that ...


  5. says:

    The subtitle sounds daunting, doesn t it But this clever little book is so well written, in a friendly, colloquial voice, that you ll turn the pages as quickly as you might while reading a frothy novel At the same time, the book is jammed with information about the basics of the Chinese language and how it has managed to survive without an alphabet about various dynasties about Chinese folklore and everyday life If you re thinking of visiting China, if you re interested in languages, or if The subtitle sounds daunting, doesn t it But this clever little book is so well written, in a friendly, colloquial voice, that you ll turn the pages as quickly as you might while reading a frothy novel At the same time, the book is jammed with information about the basics of the Chinese language and how it has managed to survive witho...


  6. says:

    As a lifelong student of Chinese and a Chinese teacher, I really enjoyed this book It is easily accessible to people who do not speak Chinese but are interested in the language from a cultural and anthropological perspective At times...


  7. says:

    A fun and breezy survey of some of the aspects of the Chinese language Deals about half and half with language development and the culture surrounding language The comparisons between China and the West were sometimes a bit facile and unfair t...


  8. says:

    I found this a bit cutesy It s a hard book to do because you want to appeal to readers who don t know much of squat about Chinese, and not insult those who do, for whom much of what they ll read they knew already Ach Good luck.


  9. says:

    As it says, it s good for people who have never studied Chinese or who plan not to It s very simple Kind of outdated for some things, especially the technology section This was written before Unicode, and Chinese seemed impossible to print.


  10. says:

    This is a somewhat dated overview of the Chinese language and its origins from wenyan onward Too detailed for someone that is not studying the language.


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Speaking of Chinese Not A How To Text, This Beguiling Book Is Instead A Fascinating Look At Chinese Language And Culture Ranging Through History, Literature, Folklore, Linguistics, And Sociology, This Is A Breezy, Straightforward Primer Of Surprising Breadth.