Is there any Mandarin picture dictionary that:

  • Is 100% in Mandarin (no English or other languages).
  • Uses traditional Chinese characters.
  • Is available as a physical book.

If possible, there should be no Pinyin, Zhuyin, or other pronunciation aids. Pronunciation aids are a big distraction for my use case.

I intend to read the book on a regular basis to help me retain my vocabulary (character recognition and writing ability) in wide-ranging topics.

(I have something similar for French [VU: Dictionnaire visuel pour tous], so I am wondering if there is one for Mandarin too).

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    You can find/order Chinese teaching pictorial books from Taiwan. But for such a book, Zhuyin is usually displayed to help the youngsters in learning. I remember there is such a dictionary, but not for every word but plants, animals...etc.
    – r13
    Jul 25, 2021 at 21:14
  • I believe there are such designed for young native speakers. For traditional Chinese characters, I suggest looking in Hong Kong, Taiwai, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia etc.
    – Limina102
    Jul 26, 2021 at 11:49

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Is there any Mandarin picture dictionary

first of all, mandarin is just one of spoken languages used in, . . . china.

anyway, one book mets your criteria (pictorial, in traditional chinese): “新編對相四言”, the internet archive has a copy, which was printed in . . . 1506 🙀


i checked books.com.tw, pictorial dictionaries (“圖解字典”, or “圖畫詞典”) are mostly bilingual, and/or with zhuyin.

these two, in stocks, might suit your needs:



have fun :)

  • That book is the subject of this question: What is the title of this Ming era picture dictionary?
    – Flux
    Jul 26, 2021 at 14:03
  • @Flux, yes, you get it :) Jul 26, 2021 at 21:07
  • Mandarin (国语) is the official Chinese spoken language that differs from local dialects. The teaching of it is mandatory in two main Chinese lands - China and Taiwan.
    – r13
    Jul 26, 2021 at 22:02
  • @r13, search this site for “spoken language”, “dialect” & “topolect”; read the discussions, please 😼 Jul 27, 2021 at 12:08
  • Every country has an official language that is taught at school. In the case of China and Taiwan, Mandarin is the only official spoken language., which shouldn't be confused with dialects that are merely spoken locally, or regionally the best. If you are Japanese, I believe it happens in Japan too - only ONE official spoken language, not any dialect.
    – r13
    Jul 27, 2021 at 12:16

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