I'm surprised I haven't seen a peep on Cpod about this, but I think its something people should know about.
link to NYT obit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/15/us/15defrancis.html?scp=1&sq=defrancis&st=cse
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The man did a lot for the Mandarin learners in his years so I think it fitting that if someone here doesn't know of him and his work, maybe now is the time. It will probably help improve one's understanding.
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