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Author: John Defrancis
ISBN: 0824817443
Subcategory: Foreign Language Study & Reference
Pages 897 pages
Publisher Univ of Hawaii Pr (November 1, 1996)
Language English
Category: Reference
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eBook ABC Chinese-English Dictionary: Alphabetically Based Computerized (ABC Chinese Dictionary) download

by John Defrancis

It was also the first publication in the University of Hawai'i Press's "ABC" (Alphabetically Based Computerized) series of Chinese dictionaries.

John DeFrancis was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut in a family of modest Italian immigrant origins. His father, a laborer (who changed his name from DeFrancesco), died when DeFrancis was a young child. His mother was illiterate.

ABC Chinese-English Dictionary book. New era in Chinese lexicography. User-friendly radical and stroke indexes are provided for those cases when pronunciation of a term is not known. Each entry provides Chinese characters, part of speech, environ New era in Chinese lexicography.

PDF On Jan 1, 1998, Karen Steffen Chung and others published ABC Chinese-English (Alphabetically Based .

Although the basic rules are actually fairly straightforward, compound noun stress can also be a bit slippery due to the constantly changing dynamics of their information value in a given context.

ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary (ABC Chinese Dictionary Series) (English and Mandari. y John .

Only 11 left in stock (more on the way). Dr. DeFrancis is the author of dozens of articles and books on spoken and written Chinese, among them a widely used 12-volume set of educational materials and Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems (UH Press, 1989).

It contains over 196,000 entries, compared to the 71,486 entries of the earlier work, making it the most comprehensive one-volume dictionary of Chinese.

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ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary. One and a half years later, publication of the integrated product Wenlin . was finally announced. John DeFrancis and his team (now including Tom Bishop of Wenlin Institute) continued working on the dictionary, increasing the number of entries to over 196,000 and making many more improvements.

It contains over 196,000 entries, compared to the 71,486 entries of the earlier work, making it a comprehensive one-volume dictionary of Chinese.

I guess I've been spoiled by starting out with the most incredible dictionary (Chinese Characters: A Genealogy and Dictionary edited by Rick Harbaugh) and probably find the ABC Chinese-English Dictionary a disappointment because of that.
There is no English-to-Chinese lookup (there is in the Harbaugh dictionary).
There is no character lookup (there is in the Harbaugh dictionary).
There is no bopomofo lookup (there is in the Harbaugh dictionary).
Too large and heavy to pack around campus along with my other books (the Harbaugh dictionary is small and very compact and light enough that I take it everywhere).
I'm hoping that through time I will begin to appreciate the ABC but right now it truly pales in comparison with the Harbaugh work.
(re: orig. paperback ed.) When you hear Chinese, this is THE ideal book to find the term you heard, by looking up the pinyin alphabetically. It is reasonably complete, but is missing some common terms and contains some obscure words. Overall, it is extremely useful, carefully compiled and proofread, and a good value. It balances completeness and conciseness quite well, so it's a great paperback to carry around, if a tad heavy; the superbly improved and more complete desk reference version (ABC Comprehensive CED, reviewed separately) is highly recommended for your study desk.
A big bonus is that all terms with the same or similar pronunciation are grouped together, so you can compare them and make a more informed guess as to what you probably heard. The most common term is often marked with an asterisk -- very helpful! The pinyin lookup is not as useful when reading unknown characters, although radical indices *are* included, so, contrary to another review, you *can* look up characters when you don't know the pronunciation. (And compared to some other books like Harbaugh's Chinese Characters: A genealogy and dictionary, the definitions are much more complete and professional.) But when reading characters I know how to pronounce, I find this ABC is the fastest way to find definitions of compounds, so my three copies are well worn.
The compound entries are in simplified char. only. Single character entries (which DO exist, contrary to an earlier review) are in both forms, which suffices for users of traditional characters most of the time; but unfortunately, these do not always include some characters which occur only as part of one or more particular compounds, such as the liao2 in zhi4liao2, to cure or treat (#=tone; don't worry, the ABC has proper tone marks). As a result, there is no way to find out whether this liao has different simplified and traditional forms, or what the latter form is. This has been remedied in the Comprehensive version.
Equally egregious is the failure to properly distinguish between the different traditional forms which share one simplified character; for example the li4 in li4shi3, history and nong2li4, lunar calendar are dealt with jointly as one simplified character, and the same traditional form is shown for both, which is incorrect. Instead, these should be listed as two different char. with the same simplif. form; thus, it fails to show the proper way to write nong2li4 in Taiwan. Again, the Comprehensive rectifies this.
There are some usage examples, albeit not extensive, and in pinyin only. The addition of more examples, more usage notes, and syllabic separation where needed (e.g., is zhengan zheng'an or zhen'gan?) would all be welcome in future editions. There is some slang and many colloquialisms, but not enough of either. Again, the Comprehensive rectifies this.
To some extent, differences in usage between the PRC (e.g., chu1zu1 qi4che1 for taxi) and Taiwan (ji4cheng2che1) are noted, which is greatly welcomed, but there are many more differences which have not been noted, including pronunciation differences, like the PRC's la1ji1 (trash) vs. Taiwan's more colloquial le4se4), or tonal differences, such as the 2nd tone in Taiwan for qi1, period of time. (Yes, the Comprehensive fixes this.) Still, overall, a great book. If you only have 4 Chinese-related dictionaries, this should doubtless be one of them if you'll carry it to class; if it will stay on your desk, invest in the Comprehensive version instead; it's absolutely worth the price!
When you hear a Chinese speaker use a word and you want to look it up fast, this is the best dictionary for the job. I have both editions of the Oxford, but looking up words in ABC saves me time since it's strictly alphabetical. I recommend the pocket edition which you can take anywhere. It has the same entries as the desk size exactly, just reduced in size. Of course, it would be more useful if it also had an English-Chinese section. The publishers have announced that they have several other dictionaries based on this one in preparation: ABC Chinese-English English-Chinese Dictionary in both pocket and reference editions, ABC Comprehensive Chinese-English Dictionary in pocket and reference editions, Chinese Proverbs, Chinese Etymology, and others.
This dictionary is incredibly useful comparing to other ones. I use this dictionary extensively due to its ease of use and its completeness. I highly recommend this dictionary for all learners of mandarin chinese language.