A cool book I found today.
I found this today. and I am so excited. It's basically a Bilingual picture dictionary, with the chinese words, a few phrases, and some extra vocab.
It has almost everything in it, including the parts of the toilet! So if you like 手銬 （Shou3kao4)， but prefer 消防隊員(xiao1fang2dui4yuan3) to 警官 (jing3guan1) this is the book to have. Wonder if Chinese Pod would have a lesson on these things???
(I think this book will be a great ACCOMPLEMENT to Chinese pod, and possibly help with suggestions.)
wolsonJune 30, 2008, 06:13 PM
Here is another one that I own and used while I was in China:
The web site is selling it for $30 but I only paid about 50元 for it.
eupnea63355October 13, 2010, 12:54 PM
I actually own the dictionary referred to in the original post, but rarely use it because it is so so so tiny for bad eyes like mine. It's beautiful though, and a treasure. I think I found mine at the "sale" shelves in a Border's Books.
I tend to frequently get into study slumps so now and then will make my own page of a visual dictionary. For example, get a diagram of a bicycle, say, from wiki. Then draw arrows and look up the English terms. Then, go find every Chinese heritage person I know - my Chinese supermarket checkout person, my favorite sushi maker, the Chinese girl who works at my local bookstore, etc., and one-by-one get those words translated.
That reminds me, a young man who used to wait tables at my local Chinese restaurant is now an auto mechanic. Ah, what a goldmine for auto related vocabulary!
sarahjsJuly 02, 2008, 10:46 PM
Bazza, see I just flicked throught it. But I like the shopping and the food parts, It's got the countries at the back. Never looked up masking tape!!! :)
You can even find out Chinese names for parts of the body, with nice biology pictures aswell.
Hanyuxuesheng, I agree with you, it would be better with some verbs, but then it's also putting the words in the right order. I still thing it's a great book, so at least you can mangle so words together, like to visting the doctor, or buying things.
sarahjsJune 30, 2008, 06:33 PM
My book has colour photos!! ;) It's not very good for sentences, but it's nice to look through and as my Chinese improves at least I will be able to change the words around, or make up very bizzar sentances.
bazzaJuly 03, 2008, 03:37 PM
I just have a good eye for spotting errors, I could be professional proof-reader.
There's another on page 80, a screwdriver bit extension adapter (not too sure of it's actual name) is labelled as a reamer, the reamer is the one at the other end. ;)
Now I know a Torx bit is 安全钻头. :)
pcmiJuly 08, 2008, 08:51 PM
But do any of these terms stick when you just see them listed on the page? I always thought these picture dictionaries were an inefficient way to increase your vocabulary.
bazzaJuly 08, 2008, 09:34 PM
More so than just text alone I think, especially as the items on one page are related to each other.
Some words you just remember straight away as your browsing, like
电吉他 (electric guitar).