According to the cliché, you’ll know you’ve mastered a language when you begin dreaming in it. Deborah Fallows tells NPR’s All Things Considered that, despite years of study, Chinese Mandarin only entered her dreams in the form of “dictionary dreams,” where she desperately tried to find the words she needed.

In her book, Dreaming in Chinese, Fallows tells the story of moving to Shanghai to live with her husband. Despite how difficult it was to learn, it was the language that helped her begin to understand Chinese culture.

As a result of the interview, the book rose to #120 on Amazon sales rankings, from a lowly #44,298 yesterday.

The book wasn’t reviewed prepub, but it is reviewed in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine and in National Geographic Traveler.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Language
Deborah Fallows
Retail Price: $22.00
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Walker & Company – (2010-08-31)
ISBN / EAN: 0802779131 / 9780802779137

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