Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Martin H. Manser, Oxford
Level: Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Note: Simplified Chinese
List Price: $15.94
This new edition of the Oxford Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English
Dictionary has been extensively revised and updated to reflect the most
recent developments in English and Chinese. An ideal tool for study, the
dictionary now provides authoritative coverage of over 26,000 words and
phrases from every major field of reference, including science and
technology, in addition to core general vocabulary. Simplified and orthodox
Chinese characters are used throughout the dictionary, and thousands of
examples illustrate and expand on how and when a word can be used. Also
guide to the most commonly used radicals and an additional key to the
pronunciation of Chinese, this dictionary is an indispensable reference
Text: English, Chinese
Provides a comprehensive and practical guide to reading, writing, and
speaking English and Chinese. Revised and updated ot reflect the most recent
developments in both languages. Softcover.
- Paperback: 1176 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (July 1,
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0195911512
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 32 reviews.
|71 of 72 people found the following review
An Essential Resource, July 19, 2000
As a Chinese language learner for 20 years and as a college teacher
of Chinese for five, I have found this dictionary to be invaluable. It
has many important features not found in most other dictionaries, not
the least of which is that it has C/E and E/C sections in the same book.
One previous reviewer said his Chinese friends found mistakes. Welcome
to language learning! No dictionary can possibly handle all the
subtleties resident in language translation, especially between English
and Chinese since both languages are spoken by an enormous variety of
speakers (usage varies widely from one region to another). Having the
ability to cross check (ie look up a word on one side and take the
translation to the other side and see if it comes back the same as you
started) is the only way to be sure you're using a word properly. The
pinyin with each Chinese word in the E/C allows that very easily. I own
5 copies of the first edition, one for every room and my brief case, and
all are worn to the spine. While not as portable as the smaller first
edition, this present edition was more warmly welcomed by my students
(and my own eyes!) for the larger characters. Also useful when you get a
little farther along are the multitude of example sentences and phrases
included. I own probably 20 dictionaries of various types and flavors,
and this one is not the only dictionary a serious language learner
should own, but it should be the first.
|51 of 52 people found the following review
Excellent, easy to use reference for students of Chinese,
February 25, 2001
I am a teacher of Mandarin Chinese and this is the dictionary I
recommend to all my students. The book uses pinyin romanization which is
standard in most Chinese language classes in the US today. When a
character is written in its simplified form, the traditional form is
also shown - a feature hard to find in many Chinese dictionaries.
Definitions are followed by the word used in a simple phrase or
sentence. The English-Chinese, Chinese-English format makes it
convenient for students to cross-reference words. A radical index in the
center of the dictionary enables you to look up a word if you only know
what a character looks like but you don't know how to pronounce it.
(However you do need to know how to identify all the radicals first).
The book is relatively small and easy to carry (unless you are one of
those unfortunate students who have to lug a twenty-pound backpack to
school each day).
Too small to be of use!, March 10, 2006
I was expecting this edition to be the same size as the second
edition. However, it is so small as to be essentially useless! Recommend
Amazon.com discontinue this item to avoid having a great number of
disappointed or even hostile customers.
|4 of 4 people found the following review
Reliable small dictionary, November 7, 2005
This is the dictionary I usually use when visiting China. It has a
lot of contents for the price. Multiple definitions are given for most
words, sometimes with illustrative sentences. Pinyin, simplified and
traditional characters are shown for all entries in both directions.
There is also a radical index to help you find the pinyin equivalents of
characters. (A stroke-count index, such as in some Taiwan dictionaries,
would have been a helpful addition.) The fonts used are a bit small
One complaint I have that isn't unique to this dictionary concerns a
word of great importance to a traveler -- "hotel". Check the E-to-C
section of this and most other dictionaries, and you'll find only one
gloss: "lu3guan3" (number indicate tones). This is also the word used in
the Berlitz Chinese phrase book, BTW. But all but one of the dozen or so
different places I've stayed at in Beijing & Shanghai have been called
"fan4dian4", and the exception was a "jiu3dian4" (Pudong Shangri-La). "Fandian"
is also the word taxi drivers use and respond to. Sure enough, if you
look up "fandian" in the C-to-E section of the Concise Dictionary and
several others, you'll find it glossed as "hotel". Why there isn't more
symmetry regarding this important entry beats me.
By the way, if you're visiting a major city in China, consider winging
it on a phrase book until you can visit a large bookstore. The Concise
Dictionary 3E is widely available there in a convenient viny-covered
pocket edition for Y36 = about US$4.50.
Concise English-Chnese Chinese English Dictionary, November 3,
Very good. But it will be better if it can be accomanied by a CD
like the Concise Oxford English Dictionary marketed by Gardian
Unlimited. People will be able to load on their laptop and carry it
whererver they want and it makes it easier to look for a word as well.
I will give it a 5 star if it can be accompanied by a CD!
|4 of 4 people found the following review
watch out for small print edition, October 24, 2005
I ordered a version of this dictionary based on Elizabeth Yu's
comment that it was readable for one with failing eyesight. The book I
got was NOT readable for me (it must have been 6 pt type or less--I have
normal vision problems for a person in their 40s, I have no trouble
reading a newspaper).
I think there is a large and small print version of this book with
identical titles--note ISBN: 0195911512 has dimensions of about 5" x 7",
but ISBN: 7100039339 does not give dimensions and the photo looks
narrower (mine is about 2.5" x 5").
So if you want readable print, check the size of the book.
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