Himglish and Femalese by Jean Hannah Edelstein download in ePub, pdf, iPad
Handy summaries at the end of each chapter are provided in both Himglish and Femalese. The author puts herself into the book in recounting various experiences and sometimes she's quite witty and funny. While these might be classified as typical generalisations and so limited in their applications, I found them genuinely plausible, as I can imagine a particular male or female having said that. Apart from that, I'm genuinely interested in the topic of different cultural or personality languages. The book aims to unpack and summarise social trends rather than explain human behaviour in depth.
The chapters are broken down into clear subjects e. Luckily Jean Hannah Edelstein is fluent in both and has written this light hearted volume to define the problem and translate. Such thoughts shine through like diamonds with their simplicity and clarity and seem especially worthy of airing in these times of instant gratification. Without these cookies, we won't know if you have any performance-related issues that we may be able to address. Performance and reliability cookies These cookies allow us to monitor OverDrive's performance and reliability.
Men use few words and communicate directly, sometimes in grunts. We use this information to create a better experience for all users. Pretty much useless if you are in a reasonably happy relationship. Finally there are the things that you think people might have said but you haven't experienced it.
Women use far more words and can be subtle and circumspect, often making points in an elliptical fashion rather than just spitting it out. In addition, although I wouldn't classify myself as typical, I know I've said and thought some of these things and I have been with women who have done the same. For example, they let us know which features and sections are most popular. Having obtained my full buy-in to the project, I ploughed in with the aim of becoming proficient in Femalese.
This release of tension being the best we could hope for. As an experiment, I pointed my copy at a few gentlemen, some were intrigued whilst another was appalled. Despite the high minded introduction, it looked as if the author was about to fall into the trap of rolling out tedious gender stereotypes.
As the author herself notes in the introduction, lack of understanding between men and women is as old as the hills. At times Ms Edelstein appears to be trying too hard to introduce new terms to the lexicon, words like ambigudate sit as if they've been forcibly inserted into the text with a crowbar. The concepts underpinning the notion of different languages is somewhat underwhelming. Men aren't Martian and women don't hail from Venus. My own feeling is whether you find Ms Edelstein to be patronizing or illuminating depends on your starting point.