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on March 16, 2001
This book is a good start at covering Chinese slang, but it only scratches the surface. Granted, it covers some of the more outrageous samples, and broaches some "forbidden" topics that you'll never get your Chinese teacher to talk about. Yet, at a slim 120+ pages, it is at best a rough guide. I'd like to see more in-depth coverage of a wide variety of slang. And as for the supposed stories about foreigners embarassing themselves with the language, I found them more akin to silly scenarious dreamed up by bored Chinese college students in their dorms. There's no way these scenarios would either happen or would elicit guffaws. Even if a big-nose were to make a mistake that bordered on being obscene, in my experience, Chinese people are quite polite and would merely correct the error, as would we in a similar situation.
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on December 26, 1998
Outrageous Chinese is a great title for this book. Growing up Chinese American, I never knew the equivalents to nasty four letter words in the English language. This book clears that up, points out funny faux pas', gives an anatomy lesson, and adds some curious Chinese cultural aspects. Get it as a handy reference!
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