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A full-version, modern English-Chinese/Chinese-English dictionary has been long awaited. With 300,000-plus words and phrases, this work--the largest one-volume bilingual dictionary of its kind--was developed through the cooperation of Oxford University Press, and Foreign Language and Teaching Research Press in Beijing. Translators and scholars from the US, UK, and China collaborated for six years to produce this bilingual dictionary with modern idiomatic coverage, authority, currency, and accuracy. It is based on two authoritative corpuses: the Oxford English Corpus for English and the LIVAC corpus from the City University of Hong Kong for Chinese. With a clear, accessible layout, the volume is arranged with Pinyin transcriptions in simplified Chinese characters and then traditional Chinese characters if they differ from the simplified form. Lookup in Chinese is easily accessible via Pinyin and radical indexes. Included is a wide range of vocabulary in general, along with that pertinent to special subjects.The 370,000 translations represent examples of words used in everyday circumstances, along with tens of thousands of example phrases illustrating key points of construction and usage. The volume features wide coverage of North American English and British English; exclusive British or North American usage is marked. Over 50 pages of boxed lexical/usage notes highlight issues specific to the Chinese- and English-speaking worlds. This dictionary includes over 300 cultural notes that cover aspects of life and culture in both worlds. Readers are provided with the techniques and vocabulary required for effective written and verbal communication in a variety of media and circumstances (modern letters, e-mail, telephone, SMS). After the initial purchase, users have 12-month access to an online dictionary service with regular updates of new words, audio pronunciations, and language learning help. This impressive dictionary has great potential for becoming a mainstay. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. N. N. Xiao University of Southern California
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