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Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School Paperback – November 24, 2009
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So mostly I'm positive about this book, and I recommend it highly. But I'll concentrate on the negatives, just because it's difficult to judge a slang book, and to let other buyers know what they're getting into. My first complaint is that while the book is largely accurate, it isn't entirely. Maybe a couple percent of them are off. I don't think it's just the vagaries of slang or regional differences, because I asked several people here in Shanghai about them, and they all told me "no way." Anyway, it's worth double checking favorite terms.
Secondly, this is (for the most part) Beijing slang. OK a lot of the vocabulary is universal, and that's particularly true to the (really excellent) Internet slang section. On the other hand, there's a lot of words that I don't think most people would say in Shanghai. For a non-native speaker to use many of these words would be bizarre. I wonder, do people in Beijing swear a lot more? Even though she addresses the issue in the introduction, I think the author drastically overestimates how often and how deeply people swear. And a whole lot of the insults would instantly lead to a fight. Oh yeah, and the book is missing common Mandarin slang words that are used in Shanghai.
Third, it's CRAZY that this book has pronunciation guides for people who don't even know pinyin.Read more ›
I've already used some of the milder expressions from the book to great effect. If you are studying Chinese at any level or visiting China this book is an invaluable resource covering material that simply isn't available anywhere else. Her explanations are insightful and add significant depth to the book. I can't wait for her next book.
In addition to the comprehensive vocabulary, the short introduction to the various sections are usually pretty fun. If you're looking to expand your Chinese studies with vocab that isn't going to be covered in any course or textbook ever, this is well worth the purchase.
More enjoyment from Chinese movies, blogs, and rap.
At very least, you can read it and laugh 'til you cry with your local friends -- they will be shocked and highly entertained. If you're lucky, they'll tell you some stories and suggest even more creative usage. Best served with cold Yanjing beer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really fun book, but I have to give it 1 star because the transliterations after the pinyin are atrociously misleading, and some of them are just completely ridiculous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark D. Fogel
Good if you want to mess with your Chinese friends. Very funny book, defiently get if your visiting china to see friends or just in genera to mess aroundPublished 3 months ago by Jacob Azizi
Well written and informative book for all skill types. Highyl recommended =)Published 5 months ago by Jiamei Shang
The definitive book on Chinese slang. I was paid to say that it sucks, but after reading the first page the only thing I can do is say 牛逼啊！Published 15 months ago by Wumao Dang
I bought this for my son who is learning chinese. it's a bit shocking - it has some pretty bad words in there. he loved it!Published 15 months ago by Sam
this is one of the excellent chinese slang book i ever met.it really increases my ability to understand chinese people speech and speak like native chinese. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Orna Taub
Which is very chill, so happy that it did cause I paid for it! With paper money! From my bank!Published 22 months ago by Aaron Reiss
Very effective if/when yelled at or compelled to yell at someone else. This text helps you to use an appropriate word/phrase in appropriate settings.Published on January 3, 2014 by david wexler