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10 thoughts on “Speaking of Chinese: A Cultural History of the Chinese Language

  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 exposure to this eloquent language and history that left me astounded experiencing it for the first time has been an enriching experience Regardless, this book shan t be ignored


  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 already A solid book, recommended for anyone interested in Chinese language and cultural history.


  3. says:

    A somewhat surreal kind of thing to read.


  4. 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 begin learning it I decided to give it a read.Interestingly, the language was created very carefully to assert male dominance over woman in China Many words are made up of several symbols put together For example, the word for male is made up of the symbols for force or muscle and field so right off the bat you see that Chinese men where expected to be the strong, forceful, working in the field all day type according to their language Here are someexamples Take female female home marry When a man marries, Chinese write take, above, and female, below This combination means literally take a woman Now, when a woman marries, the Chinese write the female symbol to the left of the character meaning home or family A Chinese woman submissively joined her husband s family while a Chinese man forcefully took a wife 18 19.Female son goodWith this one you see that women are for making babies and male babies are better good than female 19.Female female female adultery or rapeThis one seems to say only women can be raped and only women practice infidelity 20 21


  5. 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 I read in between, but when I picked up Speaking of Chinese, I was interested in what was said and I didn t want to put it down I find most non fiction books hard to read, but not this one


  6. 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 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 you ve adopted a child from China, this book is a wonderful introduction to a land and culture that we Westerners tend to dismiss


  7. 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 it seemed a bit dated and simplistic but still worth the read It is full of interesting facts and examples.


  8. 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 to the latter, but then again, I expect a little chauvinism from a book dedicated to singing the praises of a certain language and culture.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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Speaking of Chinese: A Cultural History of the Chinese Language 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