Niubi! (Paperback)

The Real Chinese You Were Never Taught in School

By Eveline Chao, Chris Murphy (Illustrator)

Plume, 9780452295568, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 24, 2009

List Price: 15.00*
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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.

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.