Two individuals, Li Zhuqing and Norman Wild, merit special recognition for their diligent work on this dictionary. Professor Li, a scholar of the Fuzhou dialect, carefully selected each entry, determined the exact current pronunciation, and skillfully edited the definition and the examples. Her work on this dictionary should help to increase our understanding of this important Chinese dialect. As a result, this dictionary includes more than 7,100 colloquial Fuzhou words and phrases that are currently in active use by all age groups. In the few cases in which a dying word is listed, the entry is noted as &lt obeo&gt (obsolete). The dictionary also includes over 5,500 exmples of usage. This dictionary includes entries of colloquial words and phrases. It does not include those non-colloquial words that share the same Chinese characters with the official language. Mandarin Chinese. Thus, for students of the Fuzhou dialect, this dictionary is intended to be their guide in learning the colloquial terms of the dialect.