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Chinese-English Dictionary [Turtleback]

Chik Hon Man , Ng Lam Sim Yuk
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28 Feb 2000
"Chinese-English Dictionary" is the first of its kind because it uses both Cantonese and Mandarin romanizations. It features over 6,000 of the most commonly used single-characters and over 12,000 terms to illustrate the use of the characters.

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  • Turtleback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: The Chinese University Press; 2nd Ed edition (28 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622019226
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622019225
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 10.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 8 Nov 2005
By A Customer
I've been studying Chinese for a few years now. This is one of the best dictionaries I've come across. Full-form characters plus Cantonese and Mandarin pronunciation and English meanings. simplified equivalents for main entries also given. stroke and yale indexes. a brilliant tool for writing/reading Chinese.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, but pages are falling out! 4 Jun 2010
By Y. Tang
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The dictionary is very useful and easy to use, but the pages are not that well glued. Its only been a few weeks of light use and some of the pages are falling out. It should be better. I dread to think what its like if its used daily.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chinese-English Dictionary 17 Sep 2003
By A Customer
I have found this book invaluable and easy to use. I would recommend it to anyone learning Cantonese.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great pocket sized E-C dictionary w/ Cantonese pronunciation 12 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The only other English-Chinese dictionaries w/ Cantonese pronuncation I can find are: One from Rita Choy, which is just a 3200 character list without compounds, another one from Rita Choy which is a beginner's guide that includes (among other references) compounds for 801 characters, and one from Roy T. Cowles, first written in 1914, which contains ~5300 characters including a lot of "Cantonese" characters (ones not found in regular Chinese publications), but requires you to flip to other page(s) to look up compounds, and I sometimes can't find modern newspaper characters in it. Please let me know if you know of other C-E dictionaries w/ Cantonese romanizaton.
This one is more complete, ~6000 char's, and so far, I haven't found a newspaper/magazine character I wanted to look up that's not in it. It lists the compounds (usually 2 per char) along with their Yale Cantonese pronouncation underneath the main char. The pinyin Mandarin pronounciation is also given for the main char. Char's can be searched by radical, stroke count, and Cantonese pronouncation. It even has a plastic coated cover to protect it from wear!
Its main drawback is that it only lists traditional char's, without the simplified ones used in mainland China. Also, because of the limited number of compounds, it is best used along side a more comprehensive C-E dictionary.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Correction to 1/12/01 review 22 Jan 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Oops, to correct a mistake in my previous 1/12/01 review, I meant to say that the indices only lists traditional characters and traditional radicals, so you can only look up traditional characters. So if you want to look up a simplified character, you need to know its traditional form first. The simplified form, as well as the common traditional variant(s), is listed in parenthesis after you've found the traditional one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Execllent chinese-english dictionary! 1 May 2006
By Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent resource for native cantonese speakers. I agree with another reviewer that in chinese you use a combination of words that create a whole word. If that is what the other reviewer is looking for then I'd recommend the "Glossary of Common Colloquial Cantonese Expressions," by Simon So; "Dictionary of Cantonese Slang," by Christopher Hutton and Kingsley Bolton.

This dictionary is very helpful because it has 6000 listings of characters and within the definitions it gives examples of how words are used. I find it useful and I am very happy with this dictionary. If as other reviewers are looking for a dictionary with simplified characters, look elsewhere. This is a traditional character dictionary geared toward traditional chinese. Within each definition it includes the mandarin pingyin pronounciation for those who are reading the characters using the traditonal format in mandarin.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars much needed dictionary 15 July 2002
By esseyo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a much needed dictionary for people wanting to learn Cantonese. It is very useful, well printed, and nicely done. However I have 2 minor issues: (1) it lacks a Mandarin index so if I know how the character sounds in Mandarin, I have to resort to tedious radical and/or stroke lookup to find the Cantonese pronounciation; and (2) the Cantonese romanization used doesn't explicitly distinguish between a short 'i' and a long 'i'.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character dictionary 31 Mar 2003
By Michael Thigpen - Published on Amazon.com
This dictionary is excellent for finding individual characters and their meanings. However, it is not a ready source for finding whole words (most chinese words consist of 2 or more characters). In other words, a person could find the characters and and they're respective meanings, fire and car, quite easily, but (train)- is not listed.
The dictionary's strong points are that it uses Yale romanization for Cantonese and standard pinyin for Mandarin; that characters can be looked up in three ways: radical, number of strokes, and Cantonese romanization; and the detail of its listings.
If it had a Mandarin pinyin index and simplified characther look up as well it would be a much more useful tool. As it is, it is indespesible for a Cantonese speaker learning Mandarin and one of the easiest dictionaries to use to look up a character. I recommend it highly for intermediate to advanced Cantonese speakers, and I would even suggest it to students of Mandarin (although not as strongly).
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