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eBook The Starter Oxford Chinese Dictionary epub

by Sally K. Church,Boping Yuan

eBook The Starter Oxford Chinese Dictionary epub
  • ISBN: 0198602588
  • Author: Sally K. Church,Boping Yuan
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (December 15, 2000)
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • ePUB size: 1568 kb
  • FB2 size 1576 kb
  • Formats mobi lit lrf lrf


Once I got "The Starter Oxford Dictionary," however, homework became so much easier and I no longer feel insecure about sentence formulation

Once I got "The Starter Oxford Dictionary," however, homework became so much easier and I no longer feel insecure about sentence formulation. The emphasis in this dictionary is on usage, so instead of having tons and tons of words (which you can get from a regular dictionary), it has a fewer number of words with their usages very clearly explained and illustrated. For example: the entry for the English word "can": "Oxford Starter" divides "can" into three subcategories: "to have the possibility" (translated as neng); "to know how to".

Chinese - English words are listed alphabetically using Pinyin. There's also lots of supplemental material like measures, numbers, etc. and even a section on basic rules for writing Chinese characters. All it would have taken is 3 or 4 pages on the phonetics and tonal inflections for the Pinyin system which is used to represent the sounds of Chinese characters with western-style letters.

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The Oxford Starter Chinese Dictionary. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

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This revolutionary new dictionary is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to Chinese in a completely new way. It covers all the vocabulary learners will need in their first years of study and gives unique guidance to the grammar and usage of the language. Created specifically for beginners, this dictionary features color headwords and translations; no confusing abbreviations; and warning symbols show potential problem areas. It includes thousands of example phrases drawn from real-life situations and full romanization of the Chinese text with Chinese script following in simplified characters. It also offers a guide on how to write Chinese characters and provides full guidance on the pronunciation of Mandarin Chinese. Word patterns and constructions from language areas such as dates and telling time are grouped together to show similarities and differences.
Comments: (7)
Buriwield
I've just completed my first two semesters studying Mandarin and they would have been a lot easier if I had had this dictionary from the beginning. Everyone says how easy Mandarin grammar is and that may be true relative to other languages (and relative to learning Chinese characters!), but you still need to learn quite a bit of Mandarin grammar before you can start formulating sentences. I always felt very uncomfortable doing my homework (translation from English to Chinese) because I didn't know whether I was using the grammar properly or not and had no way of checking. I was worried about accidentally getting into bad grammatical habits without even knowing it, because my textbook (Integrated Chinese) has really very little usage information and neither did the dictionaries I had on hand.
Once I got "The Starter Oxford Dictionary," however, homework became so much easier and I no longer feel insecure about sentence formulation. The emphasis in this dictionary is on usage, so instead of having tons and tons of words (which you can get from a regular dictionary), it has a fewer number of words with their usages very clearly explained and illustrated. For example: the entry for the English word "can": "Oxford Starter" divides "can" into three subcategories: "to have the possibility" (translated as neng); "to know how to" (hui); "to be allowed to" (keyi). The "neng" entry then gives two illustrative sentences "Can he come?/Ta neng lia ma?" and "Where can I buy stamps?/Wo zai nar neng maidao youpiao?" The "hui" subcategory has three such illustrative sentences and the "keyi" has four. There are also two warnings on translating "can," one for "hui" and one for "keyi": "Note that when talking about the ability to speak a language, whether or not "can" is used in English, "hui" is required in Chinese" and "Note that to negate, you have to use "bu neng" rather than "bu keyi."
Odds are, if you're studying Chinese, you're a bibiophile, too, so probably you don't need a lot of convincing to buy yet another Chinese dictionary. But in praise of this work I have to say that, if I could have only one book to help me learn elementary Mandarin, this would be it.
(Note: "The Oxford Started Chinese" does use only simplified characters. However, I am learning with traditional and found it wasn't that difficult to figure out what the traditional equivalents were, especially since the entries are organized by pinyin. It would be nice to have a traditional edition but I still wholeheartedly recommend the simplified.)
Pad
An excellent dictionary for all beginning and intermediate students of Chinese. The printing is clear, the example compounds are very useful, there is clear differentiation of parts of speech for each character (e.g., used as a verb this way and used as a noun that way), good cultural notes on usage, and a handy, yet not cramped size, both of the book itself and the text inside. I'd recommend to all aspiring Chinese language learners.
Anarasida
I ordered the CDs and backed this up with an order for the dictionaries. The Cds were rated by quality on Amazon and related links. The combination now works quite amazingly for me. My initial order was for my temp PA who was married to someone of Chinese origin in South Africa. My youngest son attended the Pretoria Chinese School as well as the German School in Pretoria.

My temp PA is also a family member and has displayed an interest in Mandarin - hence my purchases. The biggest plus though is that I am personally in a new learning phase now. I do speak read and write at least one other European language. I spent a very short time in South East Asia and wanted to learn Kmer. I think that ALL citizens of the world should now have a basic - even very elementary knowledge of Mandarin.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Randi Erentzen
RUL
This book is not only practical, but beautiful! To the westerner, the Chinese language can look impossibly intimidating, but the Starter Oxford is laid out in such a spacious, clear manner, that this complex system becomes not just approachable, but inviting. A breath of fresh air in the field of foreign language study. I hope this sets a new standard for reference texts on every subject in every langage.

DUO XIE, Oxford!!!
Qudanilyr
I bought a number of dictionaries before a fellow student showed me his copy of the Starter Oxford. I have a number of other Chinese dictionaries but they are all designed with intermediate or advanced students in mind. The typesetting is easy to read, the explanations for usage are very clear, and I appreciate the inclusion of measure words for nouns. You will want to have a larger dictionary to look up infrequently used words, but this is the one to take to class.
Lilegha
I only have one hope... that Oxford brings the extended version of its dictionary in the same wonderful format ! I understand this would make the dictionary big and ponderous... I don't care ! This is by far the best format I have ever seen on a Chinese dictionary !
Lailace
For the money, this is the best English/Chinese dictionary. I use it daily when I am in China where I work and live most of the time. It is a must for me
It is good but somehow limited in scope, I wish it had also traditional characters. However each entry is colorful and very well explained. It is a must for beginners.
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