Mandarin Student

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (29 of 39)
Location: Norway
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,252,798 - Total Helpful Votes: 29 of 39
Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Lov&hellip by Deborah Fallows
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sad, 23 Jun 2011
Short review: shallow and disrespectful

This book is a real disappointment. It is stated that the author has a Ph.D in Linguistics and from this you could have hoped for some good reflections and analysis. At least that was what I expected when I bought the book. Sadly, the book is a collection of erroneous statements and what appear to be random recollections of her time in China. Her reflections seldom go beyond the most obvious.

Time and time over she conveys her ignorance and lack of cultural understanding. The highlight of disrespectfulness: It took two years in China before the author understood that Chinese people care about each other (the chapter about the… Read more
Dreaming in Chinese: And Discovering What Makes a &hellip by Deborah Fallows
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sad, 23 Jun 2011
Short review: shallow and disrespectful

This book is a real disappointment. It is stated that the author has a Ph.D in Linguistics and from this you could have hoped for some good reflections and analysis. At least that was what I expected when I bought the book. Sadly, the book is a collection of erroneous statements and what appear to be random recollections of her time in China. Her reflections seldom go beyond the most obvious.

Time and time over she conveys her ignorance and lack of cultural understanding. The highlight of disrespectfulness: It took two years in China before the author understood that Chinese people care about each other (the chapter about the… Read more
Zend Framework, A Beginner's Guide by Vikram Vaswani
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of time, 30 May 2011
This book dives into code examples with few and short explanations related to the Zend Framework itself. Some descriptions in the book are rather unstructured and seems to lack completeness in many cases. The terminology in the book is rather imprecise.

Two examples to demonstrate some of the qualities of the book:

1)Chapter 4 "Working with Models" states under "Ask the expert" that a model is not simply a set of prepackaged SQL statements. This is true enough. However, the remaining of the chapter only explains how to use Doctrine to generate a model from a database. Basically that is all the auther manages to convey about models and this is in contradiction to his… Read more