Education: Chinese Quick

A soldier with a curious job was on his way to the China-Burma theater last week. His job is to help a party of officers learn Chinese. He knows no Chinese himself.

But the soldier has with him 30 little Army manuals and four sets of 25 phonograph records. These are a presentation on paper and wax of the Army's top-flight Chinese-teaching team: Charles Francis Hockett, ex-University of Michigan teacher, and Fang Chaoying, ex-Library of Congress aide. The story of their experiences suggests that the soldier's strange job may make sense in any...

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