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Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School Paperback – November 24, 2009
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About the Author
Eveline Chao is a freelance writer based in Beijing. She is extremely fortunate to have foul-mouthed Chinese friends willing to teach her words that most Chinese would be too embarrassed to reveal to a foreigner.
Chris Murphy is an artist and illustrator. He has worked with the Boston Globe, New York Times, United Healthcare, American Greetings, Forbes Magazine, Houghton Mifflin, Weekly Reader, Highlights for Children, Plume Books, Hallmark Greetings, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, IBM, American Comedy Network, Dutton Children's Books, Designer Greetings, Xerox, ING, and many others.
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Most formal education on foreign languages teaches an artificial "classroom" version of the language. As a simple example, language lessons will teach one how to order tea and stop there. In the real world, however, even such a simple task will require real world vocabulary. I was stopped cold on the first attempt to order tea by questions such as, "Green tea or black tea?"
In contrast, this book makes good on its title, teaching "Real Chinese", usable for real situations, including lots of slang terms,
I would recommend this to anyone trying to learn Chinese for real everyday use in China. Further, I would note that many of the chapters would be especially valuable to students and other young people trying to prepare for social encounters.
I have shown the book to several of my Chinese friends and they have generally endorsed the content as accurate and timely (representing real world usage in mainland Chinese cities in the 2012-2013 timeframe.
Even though I left China two years ago, I still love to set out Niubi when I have guests coming over. Inevitably, someone picks up the book, starts browsing, and feels compelled to share a funny or shocking phrase. A great party hit!
All in all, a must-buy for the young and hip foreigner trying to tackle Chinese.
So much better than yet another 'China exposé' type book that regurgitates the same old crap ... Ms. Chao is as much an anthropologist publishing original findings about the modern Chinese views on sexuality and relationships as she is an (apparent) hipster who has made her way into the sex, drug, rock and roll, gay, and even mafia and prostitution scenes on the mean streets of China's megacities (and lived to tell the tale!!)!
Ms. Chao ... you are the ultimate NiuBi!!! Thanks for this gem (and my first ebook purchase - right next to Ben Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac which I had previously downloaded for free, Ben would surely be quite honored).
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.