on 11 June 2012
I have lived in China for a couple of years and discovered this book shortly after I arrived. It really is a fabulous guide to swearing, slang and genuine idiomatic Chinese as used on the streets. Not only did I find it interesting and amusing, but my first copy was leafed through avidly by my fluent Chinese-speaking assistants, both of whom then went out and bought their own copies. I have subsequently bought about 15 copies for friends and business contacts (provided that they are reasonably open-minded and have a sense of humour). Many of them are fascinated by the Chinese characters - although they use the words fairly casually in speech, they have never seen them written down and a typical comment is "ahhh - THAT's how you write that one!" It is also an interesting insight into Chinese culture and the concepts that people here do or don't find offensive. A must for any student of the Chinese language!
on 7 November 2011
As a very humble learner of this wonderul language, this little book is a nice addition to my collection of books on Mandarin Chinese. Standard text books for learning foreing languages tend to be bland, boring and full of silly texts, detached from everyday conversation, modes, idioms and colloquial language and expression, so this book is a must if you want to improve a little bit by learning street language, internet slang and other idioms which will, if you don't know them, put you at a loss to interpret them. It is nice that there is nothing held back in terms of language and obscenity or profanity, so delicate stomachs maybe should abstain. Otherwise it is sometimes a good laugh. A culture's own profanity and preferred insults is always also an insight of the culture itself, specially it reveals things about the culture's specific way of thinking, what things it values more, (and therefore are the subject of most hurting abuse), how it deals with censorship online, and so on. Not that I will be using all of this everyday, and some of it can get you GBH in a Beijing alley, but it is good to know, specially internet slang which you can easily find when browsing and dirty words which could be harder to find sources for.
on 25 July 2012
Every language student needs a break from learning the academic and proper version of any language, this book is a wonderful contribution to language aids. It's full of belly laughs that many Chinese language students will appreciate. It's not uncommon for students to learn phrases in which we secretly think we'll never use, this humourous language aid is potentially full of ones we either will use or will encounter (uh oh)! For the student needing a little motivation when learning a new language gets momentarily dull.
This is up to date slang! Perhaps the best Chinese slang book one has encountered yet!