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English Chinese Pinyin Dictionary (Hardcover)

English Chinese Pinyin Dictionary (Hardcover)
Author/Publisher: Qian Suwen
Format: hardcover
Emphasis: Dictionary
Level: Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
List Price: $44.95

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The dictionary is specially compiled for English learners of Chinese as a foreign or second language. It contains more than 23,000 entries commonly used in modern speech and communication. Entries are based on every day speech, with special emphasis on collocations and sentence usage. All Chinese characters are followed by Chinese pinyin phonetics. This dictionary is a revised and expanded edition of 'The E-C Pinyin Pocket Dictionary' (1988), which has been well received both at home and abroad. Some compilers of the former Pocket Dictionary have taken part in the compilation of this revised edition.

Product Details
  • Hardcover: 1726 pages
  • Publisher: China Books Periodical Inc; Bilingual edition (January 1998)
  • Language: Chinese
  • ISBN: 7800053830
  • Product Dimensions: 2.0 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds.
  • Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful:

The Best English-Chinese Dictionary Available, May 28, 2004

Reviewer: Austin M. Kramer "Rouge Scholar" (Seattle, Wa, USA)

When I first told my classmates about this dictionary, they didn't believe me. What it is is an English Chinese dictionary, wherein you can look up an English word, and it will give you the Chinese in characters, and then in pinyin as well so you can pronounce the word you have just looked up.

This is so amazingly usefull. It is normaly a feature in pocket dictionaries and English-Chinese/Chinese-English dictionaries, but those are all more for travelers than students, and don't come close to providing a comprehensive resource. Most English-Chinese dictionaries continue to be compiled with Chinese learners of English in mind, not the other way around. Thus, since Chinese people largely already know how to pronounce their own characters, no pronunciation guide is given. Thus you encounter the odd problem of American students being able to write things in Chinese that they cannot say. It's the exact opposite of illitaracy!

This book also provides an extensive, fairly uncensored lexicon, and lots of examples in complete sentances. I even find English words in it that I didn't already know, and that's rare in a foreign language dictionary.

All in all, an indespensable language guide.


8 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

magnificient, May 14, 2004

Reviewer: Recep Sami Ciner (Ankara Turkey)

Excellent dictionary.Many useful sentences and clear meanings. Explanations enlightening.Helpful for all levels of chinese learning.


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