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Cheng & Tsui Chinese-Pinyin- English Dictionary for Learners (Paperback)

Cheng & Tsui Chinese-Pinyin- English Dictionary for Learners (Paperback)
Author/Publisher: Wang Huan
Format: paperback
Emphasis: Dictionary
Level: Beginning - Intermediate - Advanced
Note: Simplified Chinese with Pinyin
List Price: $129.95

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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.

Product Details
  • 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.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

excellent, May 14, 2004

Reviewer: Recep Sami Ciner (Ankara Turkey)

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 helpful:

This is the one!, August 28, 2003

Reviewer: BENJAMIN GEORGE (Richmond, TX United States)

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 helpful:

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 this dictionary.


5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:

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.


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