Three editions of the Outlier Dictionary

Three Editions

The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters comes in three “flavors”: - The Mini Edition - The Essentials Edition - The Expert Edition

So what are the differences, and which one is right for you?

The Mini Edition

The Mini Edition contains:

  • 2000 characters, both Simpilfied and Traditional
  • Full, detailed entries for all semantic components
  • 300+ entries with ancient forms (all semantic components and characters which can’t be broken down into components)
  • Monolingual

Here’s a typical entry from the Mini Edition:

 

And here’s a semantic component entry:

 

The Mini Edition is great for beginners and those who just want an introduction to the Outlier approach to characters. If you decide to upgrade later, you’ll only pay the difference in price!

The Essentials Edition

The Essentials Edition contains:

  • 4000 characters (2000 more!), both Simpilfied and Traditional
  • Full, detailed entries for all characters
  • 300+ entries with ancient forms (all semantic components and characters which can’t be broken down into components)
  • Bilingual: Chinese plus either English or German (other languages to be added later!)
  • The System Tab: See the connections between characters! Want to know all characters using a given component as a form component or sound component? It will be in this tab, along with much more!

Here’s a typical entry from the Essentials Edition:

 

All entries will contain this level of detail, and semantic components will also have ancient forms:

 

The Essentials Edition contains everything you need to know about each character without overwhelming you with extra detail. It’s great for students of all levels and background. And again, if you decide to upgrade to the Expert Edition later, you’ll only pay the difference in price!

The Expert Edition

The Expert Edition contains:

  • 4000 characters, both Simpilfied and Traditional
  • Full, detailed entries for all characters
  • Ancient forms for all characters
  • Detailed historical and etymological information for all characters
  • Bilingual: Chinese plus either English or German (other languages to be added later!)
  • The System Tab: See the connections between characters! Want to know all characters using a given component as a form component or sound component? It will be in this tab, along with much more!

The Expert Edition will contain the same information as the Essentials Edition, plus the “Expert Info” section. Here’s an example of what that section will look like:

 

All 4000 characters will have this level of detail in the Expert Info section.

The Expert Edition is perfect for students who enjoy being able to dive deep into the history and etymology of the Chinese language. All of the Essentials information appears in the main entry, and the Expert Info is just one tap away! This is the ultimate tool for Chinese character etymology enthusiasts. We make use of cutting-edge academic research on the language and writing system, so you’ll find information here that isn’t available anywhere except academic publications in Chinese!

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