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Far East Chinese-English Dictionary. With traditional, simplified and romanized forms. Paperback – 17 Dec 2010


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  • Paperback: 1957 pages
  • Publisher: Far East Book Co,Taiwan; New edition edition (17 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 9576122325
  • ISBN-13: 978-9576122323
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 12.8 x 7.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2000
This dictionary is the best Chinese-English dictionary I have come across. I've yet to see anything that even comes close to the level of excellence that it attains. This dictionary is essential for any intermediate and advanced student of Chinese. In it are contained some 120,000 entries arranged under some 7330 characters, selected from vast wealth of sources ranging from Chinese classics to newspapers and colloquial language, emphasising wide application and current usage. Whilst not an encyclopaedic dictionary, the entries often contain cultural information. Many proper nouns are included, e.g., names of famous people, famous events, geographical names, etc.
The characters in the dictionary are arranged according to the classical Kangxi radical method, and the common vulgar and corrupt forms of the characters are listed in addition to their standard form. A table of characters whose radical is difficult to identify is provided to aid users. Indices with the characters arranged according to their pronunciation are also very helpful for finding characters whose pronunciation one knows, but whose exact form one cannot remember. The definitions of the characters and phrases are clear and concise, often containing encyclopaedic information, particularly those words pertaining to classical Chinese culture. Pronunciation for the individual characters is given in Pinyin, Zhuyin and Gwoyeu Romatzyh, whilst the pronunciation of the phrases are given only in Zhuyin.
Physically, the dictionary is of a very manageable size, containing some 2000 very thin pages, which are of quality paper. The print, whilst not large, is clean and clearly legible. The book itself is well-bound and not too unwieldy for frequent use.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bookman on 2 Aug 2010
This is a nice book and very exhaustive in its content although the print is very small. Still, it could hardly be kept in compact form otherwise. I'm sure that I'll come to consult it a lot in future BUT it's not actually the book I expected. The book that I had in mind is arranged differently ( I found a copy in Liverpool Central Library some time ago)and has a different ISBN number. I found it on the web a couple of years ago and kept the details in a file on my PC. Annoyingly my hard drive packed up shortly afterwards and the precise details were lost, so I had to rely on what I could remember and the description on Amazon was the closest that I could find. A clear description of its content in the absence of a preview of the working pages of the book would have made this obvious and probably helped me find exactly what I was looking for. No complaints about the book itself or the service.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Useful dictionary with most thorough entries 3 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
In a world without the ideal Chinese-English dictionary, this one comes close, with the most throrough definitions of any dictionary I've used. Useful in academic settings as well. Uses traditional characters.
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Neither fish nor fowl 25 Jan 2011
By Tom Cat - Published on Amazon.com
The other reviewers have covered this dictionary's content thoroughly enough, so I will focus on the design, which I think is a real failing. As another reviewer has noted, the print is on the small side - just small enough to give you a headache. And the dimensions are just unwieldy. I got one thinking it would be good for travel, but in fact even at the reduced height and width, it's too thick to be truly portable. Remember, it has just as many pages, and therefore is just as thick as the regular version. It's too big to hold in your hands as you would a pocket dictionary, and the combination of the small print size and strange dimensions makes it equally uncomfortable to use as a desktop reference. I suggest that you spring for the larger version instead if you want the full content of this dictionary, which is indeed formidable. If it's a portable dictionary you're after, the same publisher makes a much slimmer "Concise Chinese-English Dictionary" that is far more suitable than this one for travel use.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very useful and portable 14 Jan 2000
By Warren W. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
I find this useful when learning Chinese, but it may not be useful for speaking to people from mainland China, I believe. This small text version is the same thing as the large one but portable. This book has the popularily used words highlighted in red.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Among best of all Chinese dictionaries 17 July 2010
By Dawn Carelli - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most comprehensive of all Chinese dictionaries in print today, and has been nicely updated since its earlier editions (one of which I'd pretty much worn out with use). One word of warning, which is applicable to most dictionaries that use traditional, unsimplified characters--unless your eyes are quite good, you may want to order the larger-print version or get one of those flat plastic magnifiers in a pocket that you can glue inside the cover. But then, if you've gotten very far into the language, you likely knew that already.

All in all, still an amazing value!
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My favorite dictionary 20 April 2010
By Nigel Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
I have used this dictionary for years. It has accompanied me through readings and translations of many Chinese books, and I actually have a warm, affectionate feeling for it.

What I love the most about it is that it includes pinyin, zhuyin fuhao, and gwoyeu romatzyh (my personal favorite romanization system). It also groups characters by radical, and has several excellent index options for finding the character you seek (radical group, number of strokes, etc.).

One note: take a day and learn the zhuyin fuhao system of representing mandarin sounds. That 5 to 8 hours of effort will reward you many times over. It is an efficient and widespread method of representing Chinese. Learning it opens up a world of literature to you.
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