The Chinese have been learning English for quite a while now, and frankly, are putting us Westerners to shame when it comes to mastering a foreign language, especially Chinese.
But never fear, for The Commercial Press’s My Chinese Picture Dictionary is a wonderful resource for learning the language. Its illustrations of more than 4,000 commonly used words and phrases are a great learning aid for language learners who find it easier to retain information when it’s represented visually. It’s also a fanstastic book to have at your desk to do some speed study, and occasionally throws up topics that you may never have come across in class. Take a look at the gallery below for some examples of what we mean (you may need to zoom in to make out the text)…
But while the picture dictionary is fantastic, this is more than just a shameless plug for the content listed in our store (though it’s certainly that – ed.) We want you to have the chance to create your own picture dictionary. This is a chance to have some fun and to learn something at the same time. All we’re asking is for you to send us photos of scenes you’d like to see in your picture dictionary (if you’re at all familiar with our Photo Contest, you’ll know we love receiving your photos). These can be anything from a snap of a typical day out in the park, a particularly baffling storefront or the wares displayed in one of China’s many high-street sex shops. Whatever’s featured in the picture, we’ll try and give it the above treatment. The end result should be an easily reproduced visual compendium of your life in China, and how to translate it.
Like the idea? Then send your images to email@example.com. Please limit submissions to one picture per person. We’ll try and translate as many as we can and will send you notifications once your picture is completed. We’ll then upload them on a rolling basis to a gallery on this page!
To kick off, we went out and took some photos of a typical sanlunche-mounted mobile bike repair station and gave it the picture dictionary treatment, while photos submitted by readers follow below. Thanks for your submissions, and keep them coming!
And if you need a little extra help mastering the Chinese lingo, try our oddly titled, but extremely helpful book.
Need to look up a strange Chinese character fast? Then this guide is just the thing for you.