Oxford Chinese Dictionary

Oxford Chinese Dictionary

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by Zhu Yuan, Jingrong Wu
     
 


An essential reference both for English-speakers learning Chinese and Chinese-speakers learning English, this brand new Oxford Chinese Dictionary offers authoritative, up-to-the-minute coverage, with over 88,000 words and phrases, and 130,000 translations in a practical format.
The Dictionary's clear layout makes it accessible and…  See more details below

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An essential reference both for English-speakers learning Chinese and Chinese-speakers learning English, this brand new Oxford Chinese Dictionary offers authoritative, up-to-the-minute coverage, with over 88,000 words and phrases, and 130,000 translations in a practical format.
The Dictionary's clear layout makes it accessible and straightforward to use, and a detailed index system of radicals helps you find the entry you need quickly and easily. Chinese simplified characters, orthodox characters, and pinyin forms are given for each. Putonghua tones are included. The Dictionary has also been updated to include the very latest vocabulary, including bioterrorism, e-shopping, WAP phone, domain name, and SARS.
The CD-ROM offers an essential and quick reference tool, eliminating the multi-stage look-up process in the print dictionary. The CD contains character recognition and audio pronunciations for 22,000 single-characters.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195964592
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
1136
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 5.60(h) x 2.60(d)

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Oxford Chinese Dictionary 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
towers1209 More than 1 year ago
. I've had the Oxford Chinese dictionary since the first week of February, 2005. Thus, this review is long overdue. I started as an enthusiastic and somewhat clueless neophyte student of (with no formal training on) the Chinese language. So the dictionary was a tough nut to crack, at first. With use, this dictionary grew on me. I particularly find the "Talking Dictionary" extremely useful. The software installed successfully the first time around. The talking dictionary is excellent for its purpose as a quick-search tool for Chinese "word(s)" that contain the desired English words in its meaning. For more details on the displayed Chinese "word(s)", the user may then proceed to the printed Oxford dictionary. Searching for a Chinese "word" is trickier (of course) because one needs to indicate the numerical value (1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) of the "word's" tone at the end of the pinyin spelling. However, if one is in a real hurry, then suffixing the pinyin spelling with "*" (according to the software's help documentation) will display all the "homonyms". Of course, the "talking" feature of the software is where it's greatest usefulness lies. After having all the "homonyms" displayed, one can then train one's hearing acuity to the different tonal pronunciations of the same pinyin spelling. Learning the Traditional Characters was (and still is) a priority for me. Otherwise, learning the Simplified Characters is like learning another written language altogether. I would have ended up with having no appreciation at all as to the rhyme and reason for the supposed simplified character. This dictionary package has both the traditional and simplified characters; it helped me appreciate the usefulness (or not) of the simplified script. I highly recommend this "Printed + Talking Dictionaries" from Oxford. Of course, like any dictionary, this product will not help one speak in grammatically correct Chinese. It is very helpful only in learning the meaning of Chinese "words". One needs an entirely different training and/or tool for learning conversational Chinese.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I try to install the CD but it doesn't work. I literally let the loading go on for 5 hours and it still downloading when i return. I am using window vista, so I don't know if anyone is going to suffer the same problem as me. The dictionary isn't too bad since it gives compound word as long you can find it using pinyin. just disappointed in the CD since I want to learn how to speak that's why I bought the dictionary with the cd :-\
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a disappointment - the dictionary is difficult to reading due to page bleed through, and the software (which apparently only translates from Chinese to English) is not user-friendly. Many online websites offer the same information in a much easier to use format.