ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs

From: Anne Henochowicz <>

Wenlin Institute, Inc.
Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Wenlin Institute Releases Chinese-English Hàn-Yīng Yànyǔ Cídiǎn:
ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs (汉英谚语词典)

La Jolla, California—Wenlin Institute, developer of Wenlin Software for Learning Chinese and CDL font technology, announces the release of the electronic Chinese-English ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs, edited by John S. Rohsenow. Modern Language Journal describes Rohsenow’s dictionary as “delightful and easy-to-use…open[ing] the treasure house of Chinese folk wisdom to a general English-speaking readership….appealing and useful to language students at any level and to anyone who may need a pithy aphorism” (89, 2005). The new electronic edition, created by Wenlin Institute (preparer of the paper edition), adds new dimensions of accessibility to this valuable text. The electronic edition is designed to be used with Wenlin Software for Learning Chinese. Full integration with Wenlin’s powerful electronic ABC dictionary means that readers of Simplified and Traditional Chinese will have instant access to the wide variety dictionary entries available for exploring nuances of Prof. Rohsenow’s fine translation, and for understanding deeper meanings of Chinese proverbs. An edition for use in any web browser is under preparation. This new electronic edition is of interest to English and Chinese readers in general, and to specialists in a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, linguistics, literature, sociology, psychology, and history. The new electronic edition is available online at for $19.99 (or $14.99 through Dec. 31st 2014).

Recently published in book form by the University of Hawai’i Press, the ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs consists of approximately 4,000 Chinese proverbs alphabetically arranged by the first words (詞/词 cí) of the proverb according to the Hànyǔ Pīnyīn transcription and Chinese characters (standard simplified), followed by a literal (and when necessary also a figurative) English translation. Additional data such as brief usage notes, sources, parallel expressions, cross-references, and famous instances of use are provided where available. The proverbs are supplemented by an index of key words (both Chinese and English) found in all entries and of all topics addressed. The author has provided a scholarly introduction analyzing the definition, structure, usage, and history of these Yànyǔ in traditional and contemporary China as well as a bibliography of collections and relevant scholarly studies of Yànyǔ.

Wenlin Institute provides software solutions for Chinese language learning, research, and development. Wenlin’s mission is to help people learn languages, primarily Chinese and English; promote intercultural education, understanding, cooperation, and diversity; and develop linguistic and educational sciences, technologies, and techniques.

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