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Better Chinese Dictionary, Simplified/Traditional/English Chinese, 282 pages
Better Chinese Dictionary in Simplified, Traditional Chinese and English for Kids
Learning Better Chinese


 
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Essential addition to your study aids

Dictionary for beginners

Words featured are those shown in Better Chinese Books: My First Chinese Words, My First Chinese Reader, and Discovering Chinese

Can also be used on its own


Students can look up words with the following information :
  • Pinyin
  • English definition
  • How to use the word but described in English
  • Stroke order when writing
  • Sample use in phrase or sentence
  • Extra tips
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Our Price: $19.95
Age: 6 years and up
Language: English Chinese
Media: Book
ISBN 10: 1606030086
ISBN 13: 9781606030080


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Product Code: LBCBK000131

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Better Chinese Dictionary is for use by elementary and secondary students in their study of Chinese as a second or foreign language. Definitions as well as sample phrases and sentences are given for a total of 690 Chinese characters that are most commonly encountered in everyday communications. This collection of characters covers three series of textbooks, namely, My First Chinese Words, My First Chinese Reader, and Discovering Chinese. The characters included in this dictionary also matches the list of high-frequency characters contained in the official tests of HSK I.
 
Six categories of information are provided:
  1. Pinyin
For characters with multiple pronunciations, the most frequently used sounds are presented.
  1. English Definition
Meaning and usage are described in English for each character.
  1. Composition
The strokes and the radical of a character help in the understanding of how the character is put together.
  1. Stroke Order
Stroke sequence of each character is illustrated to show how the character is correctly written.
  1. Sample Usage
Phrases and sentences are included as examples. They provide a basic understanding of the meaning as well as the usage of the characters.
  1. Extra Tips
There are interesting stories about the origin and evolvement of Chinese characters. Relevant information is included to add fun and efficacy in learning. Animated stories can be found at www.BetterChinese.com.
 
There are two ways to look up the characters: (1) by alphabetical order according to Pinyin; (2) by the number of strokes with characters that have the fewest strokes appearing first. All characters are entered in simplified version. Whenever a character exists in both simplified and traditional form, its traditional form is presented in brackets next to the simplified form.
 
When looking up a character, if you know the pronunciation but do not know its meaning or stroke order, you can look up the word under the Pinyin chart index I. If you do not know the pronunciation of a character or its meaning, you can count the stroke number and find the character in the stroke number chart index II.
 
The following appendices are found at the back of this dictionary:
Appendix I: Chinese phonetics, equivalent to the vowels and consonants in European languages and the tones; the vowel and consonant are often referred to as the beginning sound and the ending sound respectively.
 
Appendix?: Names of basic strokes.
 
Appendix?: Names of radicals.
 
Appendix?: Basic Rules and Stroke Order for Writing Chinese Characters.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

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Clear layout November 30, 2010
Reviewer: Jadeness from Ontario Canada  
This dictionary is great as a supplement to the Better Chinese Curriculum.  What is unique about this dictionary is that it has both simplified and traditional characters which is hard to find in a resource that is aimed for beginners. What is also useful is the stroke order the radical name and number of strokes. Some of the extra information that I found useful are:  rules for stroke order na

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