- Series: Oxford Starter Dictionaries
- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (December 15, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0198602588
- ISBN-13: 978-0198602583
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.4 x 4.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,085,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Starter Oxford Chinese Dictionary 1st Edition
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My temp PA is also a family member and has displayed an interest in Mandarin - hence my purchases. The biggest plus though is that I am personally in a new learning phase now. I do speak read and write at least one other European language. I spent a very short time in South East Asia and wanted to learn Kmer. I think that ALL citizens of the world should now have a basic - even very elementary knowledge of Mandarin.
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Once I got "The Starter Oxford Dictionary," however, homework became so much easier and I no longer feel insecure about sentence formulation. The emphasis in this dictionary is on usage, so instead of having tons and tons of words (which you can get from a regular dictionary), it has a fewer number of words with their usages very clearly explained and illustrated. For example: the entry for the English word "can": "Oxford Starter" divides "can" into three subcategories: "to have the possibility" (translated as neng); "to know how to" (hui); "to be allowed to" (keyi). The "neng" entry then gives two illustrative sentences "Can he come?/Ta neng lia ma?" and "Where can I buy stamps?/Wo zai nar neng maidao youpiao?" The "hui" subcategory has three such illustrative sentences and the "keyi" has four. There are also two warnings on translating "can," one for "hui" and one for "keyi": "Note that when talking about the ability to speak a language, whether or not "can" is used in English, "hui" is required in Chinese" and "Note that to negate, you have to use "bu neng" rather than "bu keyi."
Odds are, if you're studying Chinese, you're a bibiophile, too, so probably you don't need a lot of convincing to buy yet another Chinese dictionary. But in praise of this work I have to say that, if I could have only one book to help me learn elementary Mandarin, this would be it.
(Note: "The Oxford Started Chinese" does use only simplified characters. However, I am learning with traditional and found it wasn't that difficult to figure out what the traditional equivalents were, especially since the entries are organized by pinyin. It would be nice to have a traditional edition but I still wholeheartedly recommend the simplified.)
DUO XIE, Oxford!!!
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