The objective of the Dictionary is to enhance Chinese learning with focus on basic vocabulary needed in daily situations, and to further develop higher-level Chinese learning skills.
The General Managing Editor of the Learner's Mandarin Chinese Dictionary ── for Beginner level is Dr. Shih-chang Hsin, professor of the Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University; The Chief Editor is Professor Ting-Au Cheng, a Hong Kong Lexicographer. Based on the standpoint of learning Chinese as a second language, and under the general editoring of Profesor H.S, Prof. Cheng adopts the sentence-based approach in listing English definitions with corresponding Chinese and English sample sentences, and matches them with remarks on the parts of speech to indicate the word meaning, . The major functions of this dictionary are:
1.To serve as a reference for non-native Chinese learners;
2.To serve as a reference for designing the courses of teaching Chinese as a second language;
3.To serve as a reference for compilation of Chinese teaching materials, and the development of Chinese learning software;
4.To serve as the basis of and a reference for Chinese test items construction.
5.To serve as a reference for teachers of Chinese in preparing their lessons.
General Managing Editor（總策畫）：
Prof. Shih-chang Hsin (信世昌)
Ph.D. & MS, Indiana University-Bloomington, USA;
BA in Chinese literature and Language, National Taiwan Normal University .
Professor and former Chair, Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, NTNU;
Visiting Professor in Sinology, Free University in Berlin, Germany, and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand.
Academic Expertise: Chinese education in global context, Chinese language instructional design, Technology and Chinese teaching.
Ting-au Cheng, Ph.D（鄭定歐）
Ph D holder from the LADL, University-Paris 7 (Jussieu), France, 1983.
Retired from the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of HongKong with rank of Associate Professor, 2006.
Free-lance lexicographer since then, in the field of bilingual pedagogical lexicography.