Albert at Laowai Chinese wrote a very long piece about the future for Chinese Dictionaries. It inspired me to do something that I’ve wanted to do for a while now: create a useful and humane Chinese dictionary. Of course, one person can’t do it on their own, so this will be a community project, and its efforts will be publicly available.
Whether you like them or not, dictionaries are the most important tool in a Chinese learners arsenal. We depend on our dictionaries for so much, but unfortunately, most dictionaries aren’t designed with the learner in mind. The Chinese dictionary project I’m starting will be, and I’m hoping it will grow to become one of the standard dictionaries used for learning Chinese.
How can you help?
If you’re interested in helping (or just keeping track of the project), here’s what you can do:
- sign up for the newsletter
- read about the the project
- spread the word: tweet about it, facebook it, share it with interested parties.
- write me (in the comments or by email)
- give me suggestions for features you like
- tell me stories about how a dictionary helped
- write to me about the times when a dictionary wasn’t very helpful
Thanks for your help.