Outrageous Chinese: A Guide to Chinese Street Language
by James J. Wang (China Books and Periodicals, Inc., 1994)
Review by: John Pasden
If you’re at all interested in learning bad words in Chinese, this is the book to have. Chinese people flip out when they see what this book has in it.
In the Love and Sex chapter you can learn how to say “sleep with,” “make love,” “you’ve got a real big dick!” “I am having my period,” and “put on a condom. I don’t want to get knocked up.” All relevant vocabulary is also in there, in both formal and slang terms.
In the Expletives Undeleted chapter you can learn such gems as “fuck your ancestors!” and “what a damned ugly face!” Oh yeah, there’s enough material in here to get you in innumerable fights.
Not all topics are as offensive. Some other chapter titles include Form of Address, Food and Drink, Crime, Toilets, and Judging People. The book provides lots of grammatical and cultural explanation and gives plenty of sample sentences. All words are given in both simplified characters and pinyin.
This book is undoubtedly banned in China. Better get it overseas before coming and do get it if you have any interest at all in this kind of book. This is the best book of its kind on the market.