|Title: ||A Chinese-English Dictionary of Chinese Idioms|
|Author / Editor: ||Pan weigui 潘维桂|
|Publisher: ||华语教学出版社 (Sinolingua)|
|Language: ||bilingual Chinese-English|
|Date of Publication: ||2002.01|
|Number of pages: ||1059|
|Dimensions: ||21 x 14.8cm|
Concise and comprehensive, Chinese idioms often make readers think a lot about their strong cultural connotations; hence the distinguishing feature of the Chinese language. The Chinese like to use idioms in speaking and writing. It is a distinguishing feature of their use of the language. Chinese idioms are used improperly at times by even the Chinese themselves. ….
Guide to the Use of This Dictionary
1. This dictionary is compiled mainly for foreigners with medium-level knowledge of Chinese, and for Chinese readers as well.
2. This dictionary contains 2,327 commonly used Chinese idioms, including a small number of set phrases.
3. It is a Chinese-English dictionary; the meaning and usage of each idom is provided in both Chinese and English.
4. This dictionary is arranged according to the Chinese phonetic alphabet, with two indexes: Alphabetical Index and Character Stroke Index. The Stroke Index lists Chinese characters with fewer strokes before those are arranged according to five different stroke shapes: horizontal, vertical, left-falling, dot, and turning. If the first character of two idioms is the same, you may check for the second character. If the second is also identical, you should look for the third character.
5. The text of this dictionary consists of four parts: phonetic notation, meaning, usage and examples.
(1) Phonetic notation: Each idiom is marked with the Chinese phonetic alphabet. The first letter of an idiom with a proper noun or a surname and name is capitalized, e. g. …..
(2) Meaning: First, each word of an idiom is annotated, then the idiom is explained literally, and finally the original, extended and metaphoric meanings are provided. If an idiom has more than two extended meanings or metaphoric meanings, … In general, the source of an idiom is not given unless its meaning cannot be explained without providing the source. Idioms with the same meaning are also given in this part.
(3) Usage: The usage of an idiom is explained through applicable object, occasion, language environment, composition, collocation, element, structure, colour, style of writing, etc. When an idiom serves as the attributive, the adverbial adjunct or complement in the sentence, it should be followed (or preceded) by a particle… To save space, we do not point out each one, but explain clearly those not followed (or preceded) by a particle.
(4) Examples: The usage explanation for each idiom is followed by two or four carefully selected sentences to illustrate the usage of the idiom as well as to provide examples for readers to follow. ..