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The little red book

cover of the concise english-chinese chinese-english dictionaryThe Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary has been a constant companion on my Chinese language learning journey. The first copy I had of this dictionary was a cloth bound edition that I inherited from my sister (who studied Chinese in high school). It had a price of 8 RMB written inside it. I bought a newer edition of the dictionary for 36 RMB while living in China in 2003.  

While the dictionary is only small it is an extremely useful reference. I especially like the fact that it includes both English-Chinese and Chinese-English sections. The example sentences in the Chinese-English section are great for better understanding what contexts words are used in. 

I recently added a new section, Dictionaries for Chinese language learners, at Taiwanderful. It contains some general advice about selecting a dictionary as well as reviews of some of the dictionaries I own. A couple of the reviews have previously appeared at David on Formosa, while the others are all new. You can read a review of the Concise English-Chinese Chinese-English Dictionary (pictured above) at Taiwanderful.

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Comment from Carrie
Time 19 March 2007 at 12:04 am

This is my trusty little sidekick too. My Chinese tutor insisted I buy it while I was studying in China and I use it all the time. This little wonder of a dictionary cost me around the same price and it has proved itself priceless again and again.