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Making Out in Chinese (Making Out (Tuttle)) (Paperback)

Making Out in Chinese (Making Out (Tuttle)) (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Ray Daniels
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Special focus - Dating
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
List Price: $7.95

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; Revised edition (November 2003)
  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN: 0804833907
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 5 reviews.

Spotlight Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Small, Basic and Fun, November 6, 2004

Reviewer: Laura De Giorgio "www.deeptrancenow.com" (Canada)

This is a very small phrase book. As far as phrase books go, it contains much less information than any regular sized phrase book. As such, it may be most suitable for someone who knows no Chinese and would like to learn just a few expressions.

On the other hand, this booklet does include few slang expressions, some insults, dating and sex-related language which you won't find in a regular phrase book.

All words / expressions are written in English, in Chinese simplified characters, and in pinyin.


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Note: I am reviewing the updated edition (2003), January 20, 2004

Reviewer: CJ (East Asia)

The new edition, which has been revised by someone other than the original author now contains Chinese characters, Pinyin and a simplified pronunciation guide for each entry. If you are looking for a complete guide to slang then this book is disappointingly thin on the ground. It gives one way to say something, that is a valid way, but it misses out other ways that are just as likely to be encountered in common, everyday usage. I was impressed with some of the attention to cultural, idiomatic usage, that was very helpful, such as the euphemistic way Chinese people refer to a woman's level of beauty. Finally, one caveat with learning Chinese - If you are starting out, you can't learn to pronounce it well from a book alone, even if it does include Pinyin, or other make-shift phonetics, as this one does. You just won't be understood. For the price, this book is OK, but just OK. I feel that a lot more could have been included and hope that the publisher will produce a follow up like they did with "Making Out in Japanese".


Customer Reviews

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Hilarious, December 14, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
I first encountered this book on a plane to the mainland. A group of people were passing it around and laughing almost to the point of tears. They were reading the books contents and making a lot of jokes in Chinese. Later, in China, I encountered the infamous romanization system that they use there and could hardly make out a single pronounciation. Later, I bought a copy of Making Out in Chinese and was so relieved that the author did not write the pronounciations using the inane romanization system. I could actually say what I wanted to say in Chinese and be understood. I would highly recommend the book to those who hate the ping-yin system. I would also recommend the book to those who want to learn Chinese that is not taught in the classroom. A big thumbs up for Making Out in Chinese!


10 of 13 people found the following review helpful:

Amateurish, October 2, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
The first problem with this book is the lack of Chinese characters making it virtually worthless for more advanced Chinese learners. Secondly the romanisation is not pinyin, nor any other recognisable system. Thirdly this should be entitled "making out in Taiwanese" as a good 20~30 percent of the phrases in the book would not be recognised by mainlanders.

If you want a book on Chinese slang then get either 'Mutant Mandarin' or 'Outrageous Chinese' by James Wang (China Books, San Francisco) although these include a lot of liumang and Beijing punk slang that doesn't travel well, or Li Shu Juan's 'Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Slang in China' (ISBN 962-238-222-3, Hong Kong) the only failing of which is to not always distinguish Cantonese and Northern slang.


8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:

Very useful, cool guide, but hard to read phonetics., September 20, 1998
Reviewer: A reader
This book is full of useful colloquial slang expressions, as well as good conversational phrases. Its sections are divided by theme (e.g., Basic Phrases, Getting Acquainted, I've Got the Munchies, etc.) which make finding phrases pretty easy.

My only gripe is that the author does NOT use standard "pinyin" phonetics to write out the Chinese words in the Roman alphabet. It seems as though he has modified the standard pinyin consenants and vowels in an effort to make it sound more like real English pronounciation. This is great for someone who has never studied Chinese using the standard pinyin system, but for some who has trained themselves to read pinyin (which is a screwy system to begin with) the phrases in the book are difficult to pronounce, and more importantly, difficult to memorize (through visual symbolic recognition based on already-learned words).

I would hope that a new revision of the book be written for standard Chinese pinyin, if possible.

P.S. The phrases and words related to sexual intercourse are in good number and detail. The author did not abstain from including even the dirtiest of phrases.


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