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Reading Meetup (Can Xue - Part 2 - Paragraphs 20-40)

This time we will cover paragraphs 20-40 of Can Xue's extraordinary - An Affectionate Companion's Jottings - the story of the cat and her owner - though that does not begin to do it justice.  The language is relatively simple, though the plot is extremely strange.  We will pick up more or less where we left off at the last meeting (paragraph 20) and read on to paragraph 40.  On past experience it is usually 5 minutes per paragraph - and you don't have to stay for the whole thing.  Last time we managed to find a really quiet place at the Royal Festival Hall - hopefully we will be able to do so again.  Nearer the time I will email attendees my phone number to help new people find us on the day.

The Chinese text is here

The English text is here

PDF with translations and pinyin here (now upto paragraph 40)

Anki Flashcards here

If you are interested you can get Can Xue's story collection here.  MIT also have a set of video interviews with her here

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  • Qing(Frank) L.

    In terms of the idiom '望梅止渴', please check out this link: for its meaning, examples and the story behind it.

    October 14, 2013

  • Knut F.

    Hi guys! Just arrived, I'm upstairs, above the bar, in a quiet corner!

    October 14, 2013

  • Anastasiia

    Guys, I am not sure if I can make it tonight. I will try my best..

    October 14, 2013

    • steve

      anastasia - no problem - also don't worry if you arrive late - anyway, hopefully see you there - if not, see you at the next one

      October 14, 2013

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