A Pinyin Chinese Dictionary

A Chinese dictionary that translates pinyin Chinese to English and vice versa is a great tool.
It allows you to understand of how Chinese sounds when spoken. The Chinese characters are omitted. This is a great tool for learning the Chinese spoken language, which is its major advantage. Its major disadvantage is that written Chinese is done in characters so that a pinyin dictionary is useless in understanding how to write in Chinese.

Pay attention to whether or not you are studying Mandarin Chinese or Cantonese Chinese. Those from Hong Kong will most likely speak Cantonese Chinese whereas Mandarin Chinese is spoken by the bulk of Chinese people.

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