Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School

Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School


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Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School by Eveline Chao, Chris Murphy

How to talk dirty and influence people-in Chinese!

You can study Chinese for years, but do you really know how to talk like a native speaker? The next book in Plume's foreign language slang series, Niubi! will make sure you learn all the colorful vernacular words and phrases used by Chinese people of all ages in a variety of situations, including flirting and dating, wheeling and dealing, and even specific Internet slang-not to mention plenty of Chinese words that are . . . well, best not to mention.

Accessible and useful to complete novices (Niubi! newbies), intermediate students of Mandarin Chinese, or just anyone who enjoys cursing in other languages, this irreverent guide is packed with hilarious anecdotes and illustrations, mini cultural lessons, and contextual explanations. So whether you're planning a trip to Beijing, flirting with an online acquaintance from Shanghai, or just want to start a fight in Chinatown?Niubi! will ensure that nothing you say is lost in translation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452295568
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Edition description: Original
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 626,962
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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Niubi!: The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BillBlume More than 1 year ago
Eveline Chao delivers far more than a book on how to curse in Chinese. In addition to translation, she provides cultural context, which is eye-opening. These are small details like why there isn't a strict translation for "damn" or why some words westerners treat as an insult can be used to convey something is good. I will agree with another review that makes the point about the ebook being flawed, though. If you're going to buy this and need the Chinese characters, then go for the paperback. Niubi! provides a funny and informative read, something you can't often say about a book on how to speak a foreign language.
anmalee More than 1 year ago
Great book, but the ebook is terrible. The Chinese characters show up as boxes and question marks and the pinyin marks to show which tone to speak in shows up as question marks. Not helpful at all for actually using this book!!
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dunkel-ugh More than 1 year ago
The idea behind the book is great. It reads easily and I found it entertaining.