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Tuttle Learner's Chinese-English Dictionary [Paperback]

Li Dong
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Book Description

July 15 2005
This Mandarin Chinese dictionary is for elementary to intermediate learners of Chinese

A totally new dictionary designed specifically for elementary to intermediate learners of Chinese, and containing all 3,051 vocabulary items prescribed for Levels A and B of the internationally recognized test of Mandarin language proficiency, Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK).

This self-contained dictionary has over 3,000 headwords-those required for HSK Levels A and B, plus important proper nouns and common idioms. Extensive notes on culture, grammar and meaning are included to enhance understanding and ensure correct usage. Students attempting to learn Chinese will find this dictionary to be an essential guide to the Chinese language as well as a reliable reference tool.

Learners Chinese-English Dictionary contains:
- The 4,800 most frequently used Chinese vocabulary items.
- All entries contain Romanized Chinese forms ( hanyu pinyin ), simplified Chinese characters ( hanzi ) as well as traditional Chinese characters if they exist.
- Terms are searchable by Chinese-English or English-Chinese.
- All Chinese entries are arranged alphabetically by Romanized Mandarin Chinese forms ( hanyu pinyin ).
- Chinese word components are listed and analyzed to facilitate understanding.
- Over 4,700 sample sentences to demonstrate how each word is used.
- Detailed notes on culture, grammar and usage.
- Chinese translations for common English names and places in China.

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About the Author

Li Dong is a senior lecturer in Chinese at Massey University, New Zealand. He has held a British Council scholarship at the Lexical Research Unit within Leeds University's School of English and is the author of the Beginner's Chinese Dictionary.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Study Smart Dictionary June 6 2011
Format:Paperback
My students have nothing but great things to say about this dictionary. They love it because it limits the number of vocabulary words and structures so that it is not overwhelming.

And it does have the word to stay (dai1) and to wear (dai4) on my pages 40 (bottom left) and 41 (bottom left) in my 2005 ed.

There are two main advantages for this dictionary: it has the 4,800 most frequently used Chinese vocabulary items, and it covers the Levels A & B of the HSK test. That is the Chinese Standard Proficiency Exam.

Since the Chinese language is not an easy language to just pick up, studying smart is much more beneficial than studying so long and hard. This dictionary helps the learner do just that.

Great job, Professor Li. You have many fans in Canada.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 15 2010
Format:Paperback
confusion of different style fonts and sizes
chinese characters are in a font smaller than the
Pinyin words, difficult to see.
using blue coloured characters is pointless and makes them difficult to read
buy a magnifying glasses or a better designed book

I know this is a learner's level dictionary but the first common verb I tried to
reference is not in the book.
(dai1, to stay),
then I thought I will look for (dai4, to wear, to put on)not there,
then (dai1, to stay) not there either.

The introduction is the best part of the book, stroke order, grammar, Pinyin is done much better than most Chinese character and language books.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic dictionary for learning chinese Nov. 17 2005
By Michael Dupre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful dictionary, especially for learning Chinese. It is loaded with example sentences. Words are in alphabetical order by pinyin. Both simplified and traditional characters are shown for each word. All example sentences are in simplified form. I have been using this book as a learning tool by simply reading through it. I am learning characters by reading the example sentences in character form and then looking at the pinyin on the next line. I have read the first 50 pages and have already solidified at least 200 characters in my mind, and am gradually building familiarity for a couple thousand more. My pace of reading this dictionary is getting faster and faster as I become more familiar with the basic characters. Highly recommend.
36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant Feb. 23 2006
By coggrinda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have used a few English - Chinese dictionaries now, and this is by far the best. The simplicity is supurb. It uses a larger font than many similar dictionaries, so you can see the Chinese characters with more clarity. The example sentences for each word are excellent. The Chinese is simple and eloquent, and for a beginner, it is a brilliant reference. The pinyin allows words in the examples to be referenced quickly. I haven't found a word in any example that isn't also in the dictionary (this is very impressive). The reference section at the back is also very well laid out. I have used this dictionary for well over six months now and I have tested it fairly well. Of several English - Chinese dictionaries that I own, this has become my first reference, firstly because of the usage examples, but also because it is just easier to use than the rest. I'd love an electronic version as well though - preferably for a PDA - so that I could click around the examples - it wouldn't replace the book though.

I would asolutely recommend this book for anyone learning Chinese.
37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Aug. 4 2007
By Harold Goodman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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I am the author of the Michel Thomas courses to learn spoken Mandarin. One of my passions is innovative ways to learn and teach languages. What I learned from 10 years with Mr. Thomas has changed my entire attitude toward learning and teaching.

I own several Chinese-English dictionaries. This is my favorite. In its layout, type size, sample sentences ( with pinyin), scope of vocabulary, breakdown of word components ( very helpful in understanding the meaning behind the word and the Chinese mindset) as well as many other features mentioned by other reviewers on this page this text is outstanding.

One feature which I love is the inclusion of traditional characters. Though the simplified characters form the basis of the book wherever the traditional character varies it is listed. Many dictionaries lack this vital resource.

I use this now as my preferred beginner and intermediate level Chinese-English dictionary.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful, too many typos July 9 2007
By Sebastian Kreth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This will accompany you into your second year of studies or so. As many reviewers have pointed out, you can really hammer new words in by reading the example sentences given under each headword.
There are two ways to use this:
1) Read it from A-Z, which needs a lot of discipline (it took me 4-5 months). This has the advantage that you can impress (or dumbfound) people by telling them that you're actually reading a dictionary for a bedtime story.
2) Look up new words that come up in your textbook. At a certain level, you will need something like "Cheng & Tsui Chinese-Pinyin- English Dictionary for Learners" (ISBN 0887273165) which has ten times the number of words but is hard to get.

One big flaw in Tuttle's dictioanry is the number of typos (see what I mean?). Sometimes wrong characters are given, but what's really annoying is the constant misspelling in pinyin. I have found up to 8 wrong pronounciations on a double page. A second edition should fix that. All in all, indispensable.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource Aug. 25 2005
By Miriam J. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is extremely user-friendly. The entries are words, not just individual characters, and there are example sentences to show you how to use them. It's also easy to look up a Chinese word, English word, or unfamiliar character once you know the system. Unfortunately, if the unfamiliar character is traditional, you're out of luck, because this dictionary is in simplified. It gives the traditional characters in parentheses in the actual entries, but you can't look up a character by radical if it's not a simplified character. Also, it's probably best for beginning or intermediate students of Chinese, since at a certain point you're probably going to know everything in this dictionary.

Overall, I am in love with this dictionary.
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