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Why Chinese Idioms Are a Waste of Time

A while back, I asked a Chinese teacher for a letter of recommendation, and received this email in response, written in English: I'll be very glad to write one for you. You need not worry about your speaking. Since you…

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The Doorknob Theory of Chinese

A few years back, Nicholas Kristof wrote a New York Times column about the Peace Corps that might have gone unnoticed—as much as a Nicholas Kristof column can go unnoticed—if he hadn't mentioned doorknobs. Kristof called it his "one-word language…

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