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ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs (Software Edition)

The Chinese-English ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs (汉英谚语词典, Hàn-Yīng Yànyǔ Cídiǎn), edited by John S. Rohsenow.

Modern Language Journal describes Rohsenow's dictionary as "delightful and easy-to-use… open[ing] the treasure house of Chinese folk wisdom to a general English-speaking readership… appealing and useful to language students at any level and to anyone who may need a pithy aphorism."

This Wenlin software edition adds new dimensions of accessibility to this valuable text. Full integration with Wenlin’s powerful electronic ABC dictionary means that readers of Simplified and Traditional Chinese will have instant access to the wide variety dictionary entries available for exploring nuances of Prof. Rohsenow's fine translation, and for understanding deeper meanings of Chinese proverbs. This new electronic edition is of interest to English and Chinese readers in general, and to specialists in a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, linguistics, literature, sociology, psychology, and history.

Recently published in book form by the University of Hawai’i Press, the ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs consists of approximately 4,000 Chinese proverbs alphabetically arranged by the first words (詞/词 cí) of the proverb according to the Hànyǔ Pīnyīn transcription and Chinese characters (standard simplified), followed by a literal (and when necessary also a figurative) English translation. Additional data such as brief usage notes, sources, parallel expressions, cross-references, and famous instances of use are provided where available. The proverbs are supplemented by an index of key words (both Chinese and English) found in all entries and of all topics addressed. The author has provided a scholarly introduction analyzing the definition, structure, usage, and history of these Yànyǔ in traditional and contemporary China as well as a bibliography of collections and relevant scholarly studies of Yànyǔ.

Requires Wenlin Software for Learning Chinese, version 4.1 or later.

Price: $20.00