Prof. John DeFrancis, 1911-2009, worked until he passed away on January 2, last year, to produce a dictionary that makes Chinese terminology as accessible as possible to the beginning foreign learner. His final opus, The ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary, is now available from the University of Hawaii Press. It is everything he wanted of it: light, comprehensive, convenient; and since its production was heavily subsidized by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and private sources, it is priced at only $20–truly a bargain for 1,240 pages on thin paper. See the link
below for ordering information.

We continue to mourn your passing, John, but we celebrate this joyous event!

ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary

The ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary (ECCE) is a student-oriented bilingual dictionary that, like other dictionaries in the ABC series, organizes Chinese words by their pronunciation as written in pinyin. This innovative, straightforward alphabetical organization allows the user to find most words more quickly and easily. It also facilitates the comparison of words that are pronounced similarly or identically, which is not possible in traditionally-ordered dictionaries. The series’ alphabetical ordering has been imitated in other dictionaries, but ECCE is still unique in that it offers detailed and authoritative coverage of grammar (parts of speech, constructions, and examples) and orthography (both simplified and complex characters as well as pinyin). ECCE contains 67,633 entries: 29,670 in the English-Chinese section, 37,963 in the Chinese-English section. The latter is an abridgment of the massive ABC Chinese-English Comprehensive Dictionary, with
improvements such as more example sentences, the inclusion of both pinyin and characters for all sentences, and indications of
vocabulary grade levels to help learners prioritize their studies by indicating the most basic and important entries. The addition of an entirely new English-Chinese section makes ECCE the ideal portable reference. As in the Comprehensive dictionary, two indexes (Stroke and Radical) assist in looking up a character when its shape is known but not its pronunciation.The rich and encyclopaedic scope of information provided makes the ABC English-Chinese, Chinese-English Dictionary an especially useful resource for both language learners and professionals alike.

John DeFrancis (1911- 2009) was professor of Chinese at the University of Hawai‘i and a foremost authority of the Chinese
language. Zhang Yanyin is professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics at the University of Canberra, Australia. She specializes in Second Language Acquisition, Interlanguage Pragmatics, and Second Language Pedagogy.