Specifically designed for English-speaking learners of Mandarin Chinese,
this dictionary's welcome combination of comprehensiveness and
user-friendliness make it a powerful tool. It offers helpful features that
are not found in most other dictionaries, and that are critical to learners
of Chinese. For instance, it includes many example sentences--given in
characters, pinyin, and English--to illustrate each compound's use. The
30,000+ entries are organized alphabetically by pinyin and are in simplified
characters. Traditional forms are provided in parentheses for main character
entries. Additionally, grammar notes in English are provided for especially
important or difficult words and terms, making this dictionary unusually
complete. Extensive appendices include a scheme for the Chinese phonetic
alphabet; a table of decimals, fractions and percentages; a table of common
measurement terms; a chronological table of Chinese history; and more.
- Paperback: 1288 pages
- Publisher: Cheng & Tsui (June 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 0887273165
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.0 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds.
- Average Customer Review:
based on 4 reviews.
|1 of 4 people found the following review
excellent, May 14, 2004
Although this dictionary has a limited number of words, nearly 35.000
words you can amass an amazing knowledge of chinese with help of thousands
of examples. A good buying.
|8 of 8 people found the following review
This is the one!, August 28, 2003
This the the best Mandarin dictionary for learners, BY FAR.
When you really start to get into the groove of learning Mandarin, you
will suddenly discover that most other dictionaries totally suck: not
telling you the counters for nouns, not telling you which verbs are
splittable, not giving any examples at all, etc etc.
This one is great.. as an added bonus, it's been written by commies,
and has some hilarious example sentences in it. ie: "They are always
flaunting the flag of liberty" and "Those who oppress the people will
eventually be overthrown"
It's a desk reference, not a pocket dictionary. I still haven't found a
truely great pocket dictionary.
|7 of 7 people found the following review
My favorite Mandarin Dictionary, December 12, 2000
Reviewer: A reader
This dictionary is extremely useful because it makes use of many real-life
examples. It is the only dictionary that I know that uses in its examples
(1) Simplified Mandarin, (2) Pinyin, and (3) English all at once. With
other dictionaries, you have to spend time looking up characters offered
in the definition. Not the case here. Must bear in mind that this is a
dictionary for the Mainland. Having said that, there are some great
"colloquial" entries, and these entries are really fun for getting to
learn the Chinese that is really spoken on the Mainland. Really recommend
|5 of 5 people found the following review
Excellent, excellent book, December 31, 1999
Reviewer: A reader
What makes this dictionary a very useful tool is its use of examples.
Many, many examples provide many hints. Has become my favorite learning
tool to date.