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  • Paperback: 1176 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 2 edition (July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195911512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195911510
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 4.3 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,247,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug. 1999
After struggling with the miniscule type in the first edition, it's a joy to use the second edition with its extensive revisions and much larger type.
This is the only dictionary that allows you to look up Chinese words by their pinyin spelling and to look up English words and find their pinyin and Chinese character equivalent. If you are studying Chinese this book is an absolute must. If you are traveling and want a pocket-sized dictionary, get the first edition otherwise you'll be a lot happier with the second edition.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2000
This is an excellent dictionary for day-to-day use. However if you are travelling to China there is no point buying it before you go. There are countless dictionaries exactly like this on sale in bookshop throughout the PRC for a fraction of the price. Therefore at this stage the size should make no difference: if you want it to travel with you should buy it later anyway; if staying at home then go for the larger 2nd edition which contains better example sentences, a larger range of binomes and more complex vocabulary.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 July 1999
Enjoyed using this latest edition for personal study using the easy to use (and see) radical index for looking up characters. Many characters are used in combination to form words and word groups. This dictionary makes it easy to formulate your own sentences (if you have a basic knowledge of Chinese grammar) with suggestions in the English-Chinese and Chinese-English sections. Used in combination with Understanding Chinese, I can communicate in writing or speech and feel fairly confident that I'm speaking and writing as well as someone receiving formal instruction (instead of the self-taught student that I am). Great dictionary!!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris Tagg (chris@taggsystems.com) on 15 Dec. 2001
The Chinese words are indexed in Pinyin which makes them easy to find (for us!). Unless you have excellent eyesight, I suggest you also buy a magnifying glass.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 July 1999
Content-wise, this is a good dictionary for everyday use by learners of Chinese. It might not be the dictionary of choice for reading newspapers or Chinese literature, but it's perfect for basic conversational Chinese and most day-to-day use.
So why did Oxford make the 2nd edtion so big? The 1st edition was a terrific little dictionary-- small enough to carry to class or in your bag while travelling, and it fit very comfortably in one's hand, yet it was surprisingly comprehensive. Granted, the type was small, but I was quite willing to make that compromise for such convenience.
The new 2nd edition is much larger-- not as large as a normal full-sized dictionary, but way too big and heavy to comfortably carry to class or on trips to China, and it simply doesn't fit as well in my hand as the 1st edition. Therefore, it isn't nearly as useful as the amazing 1st edition.
For my money, I would have much prefered Oxford to correct the typos in the 1st edition, and perhaps update the entries a bit (adding names of countries would be nice)... but I wish they hadn't messed with the size!
I am very disappointed in the 2nd edition. I will use it at my desk, but I am taking very good care of my well-worn 1st edition for use when I need something more portable.
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