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!
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.