Thinking of picking yourself up a phrase book? Need something that reflects real life language as spoken on the streets of China? Making Out In Chinese is advertised as a Language Survival Kit for contemporary Chinese.
Watch the video below to take a sneak peek inside the book.
This is 160 pages of modern phrases to help you make new friends, share a meal, go out on the town, and flirt with the girl you saw in the bar.
Each phrase is written in Mandarin Chinese Characters, pinyin, and phonetic pronunciation. It also features a pronunciation guide, notes on language and culture, a brief introduction to tenses, and tone markers.
The thing is 60% of reviews on Amazon give this book one star! Can it really be that bad?
The Flip Test
The Flip Test is where I flip to a few random pages in the book and review the language. I was pleasantly surprised. The language is very colloquial. It speaks as a native speaker would. The phrases you find in this book wouldn’t be found in a textbook but that’s because people don’t really speak like that.
If you’re a super beginner you’re probably going to want to invest in a textbook first to get to grips with pronunciation and basics before using these phrases. However, this wouldn’t be a bad book to carry around in your bag. If you’re struggling with a phrase you can always show the book to your friend or new love interest.
What do you think? Do you have this book? Does your opinion differ to mine? Leave a comment below. The Elementary Chinese Community will benefit from your input.
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