McGraw-Hill's Chinese Dictionary & Guide to 20,000 Essential Words

McGraw-Hill's Chinese Dictionary & Guide to 20,000 Essential Words

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A breakthrough bilingual dictionary that makes finding the right Chinese character a breeze

When he surveyed his students, authorQuanyu Huang found that only two outof 300 used a Chinese dictionary. Theirmain obstacle is how existing dictionariesare organized; either a user needs to know the "radical"of a character, how to recognize or count writingstrokes, or how a character is pronounced. In McGraw-Hill's Chinese Dictionary and Guide to 20,000 EssentialWords the author overcomes this problem with hisunique "broken marks" method. Each character is comprisedof different marks separated by a physical spaceor sharp change of direction at the end of a mark.Count these marks, and you can locate theChinese character you need in less than a minute. This dictionary and guide will also be a perfect complement to your AP Chinese studies.

Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, c2010
ISBN: 9780071629249
Characteristics: 1 v. (various pagings) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Chen, Tong.
Huang, Kuangyan.


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Sep 19, 2016

McGraw Hill has seriously surprised me with this book. I often associate McGraw Hill with mediocrity, but, this is actually a really good dictionary.

Stuff I like about it:

- Excellent typesetting. Everything is clear and easy to read.
- 5 methods of indexing (eg, stroke count, pinyin, EN-to-ZH, etc.)
- Shows Traditional version of characters alongside Simplified.
- Hardcover with large pages that use whitespace well; and you can lay the book on its spine and not have it close on you(!).
- A number of entries have cross-references to similar terms.

I'm still searching for good Chinese dictionaries, but this, along with Tuttle's dictionaries, are the best I've found so far. I'd recommend giving this a gander.


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