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Sunday, August 23, 2009

English to Chinese translations?

For older students of a language, it is common for them to look up a desired word or phrase in reference book. But for those studying Chinese, and there are no native speakers to ask, it can be quite a feat to look up a correct word or phrase. Some people say it’s very difficult to translate as one Chinese word has a lot of different English equivalents. For others who are using Pinyin, this may also prove to be a problem as a Roman letter for Pinyin may sound different from the usual Western alphabet sound. And to look up characters, hmmm...

But for those who are dead set on doing these in their serious pursuit of fluency in Chinese, there are several materials from ChildBook that can help you.

Dictionaries. The no-brainer solution to guide students of any language. Some people are very comfortable looking up words in the secondary language to find the English meaning. If you think you’re going to go crazy looking up the Chinese word first using the Chinese- English dictionary, try the opposite, use the English- Chinese dictionary. If you want to express anything in Chinese, look up the English word and find the Chinese equivalent. There are also picture dictionaries for kids, and even picture dictionaries that will suit adults.

Learn-Chinese Software. There are a lot of ChildBook software that has an accompanying dictionary function. Just type in the English word you want translated, and get the Chinese or English equivalent. Not all people are still comfortable to use the computer, but for those who do, it can save you a lot of time and less shaking of brains to get that desired word.

Quick Guides to Chinese Conversations. For those who are impatient with looking up words per piecemeal in the dictionary and want translations of complete sentences, we have several Quick Guides that already list the phrases or sentences you want to translate. One disadvantage to getting the complete phrases is that some students want to dissect each and every word to see how the structure compares to English sentences. So one would expect a return to the uhmm… dictionary.

Learn Chinese Audio sets. For those who want English Chinese translations to use in spoken conversations, maybe you’ll want to try out our audio sets with books as well. The nice thing about audio is you instantly get the tone needed to express yourself correctly in Chinese. However, do use the books the audio comes with, otherwise you’ll go crazy looking for the Pinyin equivalent.


There you go, several materials that will help you look up English to Chinese translations. We hope you'll drop by ChildBook for more English Chinese materials

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