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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (12 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569757275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569757277
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 14.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matt Coleman is a University of Queensland Chinese Language graduate who has spent six years in China--long enough to know that understanding foul language is a very important and essential skill that must be used wisely. Edmund Backhouse is the nom de guerre of a Beijing-based writer and translator. Despite his potty mouth and his choice of namesake, he leads a relatively virtuous life.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hardy on 19 Mar 2011
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Dirty Chinese is pretty much a list of everyday slang from Chinese. In that sense it does what it says. However the book is poorly structured and while it does give the word in a sentences it provides no real context and does very little to teach the words. It also fills up a lot of space with beginner words that are not really slang in any sense and throws in a lot of in jokes that only the writers' friends are going to understand.

The book could be helpful to some people trying to look up a specific saying or just providing some enhancement to there language skills, but does not really meet it's full potential.
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The content of this book is really helpful and instructive in turning a person with a good knowledge of text book, polite Putonghua in to a more socially adept speaker. The book is also often amusing and sometimes really funny, making the assimilation of the content much easier. Also helped me with new English slang terms, lots of which I had never heard (and I thought I was worldly).

For anyone resident, or soon to be resident, in China, the words and expressions in the book will also assist in better understanding Chinese culture and its many contradictions.
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By JJ123 on 6 Nov 2013
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Bought this for my friend who was moving to China for a year - he absolutely loved it!
Would highly recommend as a funny present.
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