... and looking for something to do on the evening of June 15, you might consider going to hear Deborah Fallows (disclosure: my wife) discuss her book Dreaming in Chinese at the Beijing Bookworm, at 7:30pm. More info about the Bookworm -- well known to Western-language readers in Beijing -- is here. Info about the book is here for the recently published UK edition and here for the forthcoming US edition. Conceit of the book: someone trained in linguistics, and who has coped with a lot of other languages, wrestles with Mandarin Chinese and lives to tell the tale. As previously noted, I could be biased, but I think the book is great. Tell her hello!
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