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|Notes:||Originally published: London : Short Books, 2010.|
|Description:||vi, 212 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.|
|Contents:||Wŏ ài nĭ! = I love you! : the grammar of romance --
Bú yào! = Don't want, don't need! : when rude is polite --
Shī, Shí, Shĭ, Shì = Lion, ten, to make, to be : language play as a national sport --
Dăbāo = Do you do takeout? : why the Chinese hear tones, and we don't --
Lăobăixìng = Common folk : China's Ordinary Joe --
Nĭ hăo, Wŏ jiào Mínyì = Hello, my name is Public Opinion : a brief introduction to Chinese names --
Dōngbĕi = Eastnorth : finding your way in China--
the semantics of time and place --
Wŏ, Nĭ, Tā, Tā, Tā = I, you, he, she, it : disappearing pronouns and the sense of self --
Rènao = Hot-and-noisy : think like the Chinese think --
Tīng bù dŏng = I don't understand : a billion people, countless dialects --
Hànzì = Characters ; the essence of being Chinese --
Bù kĕyĭ = Not allowed : rules to follow and rules to break --
Dìzhèn = Earthquake : out of calamity, tenderness --
Nĭ de Zhōngwĕn hĕn hăo! = Your Chinese is really good! : a little goes a long way.
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