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Publisher receives funds to revise authoritive Chinese dictionary

Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary)

A mainland publishing house was given 27 million yuan (HK$33.2 million) in state funding to revise the Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary), in the first revision of the premier Chinese language dictionary in nearly two decades.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 4:32am

'NBA' condemned for Chinese dictionary

Millions of basketball fans refer to their favourite league as the NBA, rather than mei zhi lan, the official Chinese translation. Photo: Mark Ralston

A group of Chinese academics has said English-language abbreviations that have become part of everyday life on the mainland should be struck from the country’s top dictionary.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Firm offers words of wisdom

Electronic dictionaries will soon become internet-enabled and more of an interactive learning aid for primary school students and university undergraduates.

This is the trend envisioned by Samson Tam Wai-ho, chairman of Group Sense (International), a leading manufacturer of electronic products including dictionaries.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Voice synthesising

Group Sense is determined to set new standards and make its electronic dictionaries sound good

A native English speaker reads out a word or sentence and each time it sounds exactly the same at the push of a button on an electronic dictionary.

18 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

'Chelsea tractor' leads drive for Oxford dictionary's green jargon

Carbon footprints, green audits and Chelsea tractors - a raft of environmental jargon is among thousands of new words added to the latest Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, published yesterday in Britain and the US.

21 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Mac Facts

The most common creative activity people do on their Macs is write. Be it poetry, prose, punditry, politicking, persuasion or just propelling an idea for the sake of a point, words 'get it done'. After you've written for a while, you discover there are perfect words for making your point clearly and, the more perfect words you know, the more panache and punch in your writing.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Palm's spiffy new version of a dictionary

Product: Oxford Concise English and Chinese Dictionary for Palm OS, 2nd edition

Price: US$49,95

Pros: High-resolution fonts in simplified and traditional Chinese characters

Cons: Minor problems with registration, but these were quickly resolved

For many years, I carried the Oxford Concise English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary with me wherever I went.

5 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Master the art of words with the aid of a good dictionary

A good dictionary is the most useful book you can have on your desk. It will tell you everything you want to know about words. Words are not dry and boring. They are alive and cool.

12 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Bilingual dictionaries 'useful'

Bilingual dictionaries are more useful than monolingual ones when it comes to learning English, according to a professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

12 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Oxford loosens language

Dictionaries: dependable, enormously useful items, and we are all grateful to the people with the amazing job of putting them together in musty, quiet, chaotic offices somewhere. But beyond that there is not much to say. Right? Not according to the furore which the British press has greeted The New Oxford Dictionary Of English with.

12 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Word war spells profit

The English language is on everyone's lips and newspapers are full of it. The publication last week of two major dictionaries has caused a shelf war worth millions of dollars and put pedants on the defensive.

18 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Finding the right word made easy

Longman's Essential Activator is a completely new dictionary designed for intermediate-level students.

It provides pupils with everything they need to produce both written and spoken language, gives extra help in potential problem areas, and presents information in a visually stimulating and user-friendly way.

11 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

Net a prize and improve English

How good is your English? Give yourself a challenge and win a prize on Longman's Web site.

At Dictionary World, try to figure out the meanings of new words.

The 'New Word Challenge' is a fun-filled game which offers you a chance to win a grand prize and at the same time improve your reading, writing and speaking skills.

20 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

Getting it right with English

More than 500 secondary school English teachers were given a crash-course in the use of bilingual dictionaries.

The seminar, held at the Sheraton Hotel, was organised by publishers Longman Asia.

29 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Dictionary contains 3,000 new words to keep up with trends

The latest words to be added to the English language have been included in a new dictionary.

The new edition of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (English-Chinese) includes nearly 3,000 contemporary new words, including 'telecottage', 'tastemaker' and 'information highway'.

14 Jan 1997 - 12:00am