Czech-Vietnamese encyclopaedia wins Dictionary of the Year award

NDO/VNA - The six-volume Czech-Vietnamese encyclopaedia has won the “Dictionary of the Year 2020” award of the Union of Interpreters and Translators (JTP).


The 120,000-headword bilingual encyclopaedia, co-authored by late Czech linguistic professor Ivo Vasiljev and Vietnamese engineer Nguyen Quyet Tien, was completed over 12 years.

The complete collection of the Czech-Vietnamese encyclopedia was launched in the Czech Republic in July 2019. It aims to serve Vietnamese expats and Czech people who want to learn Vietnamese. Considered a bilingual encyclopaedia, it covers a wide range of subjects, including society, culture, history, biography and geography.

The award ceremony is scheduled to be held during an international book fair in Prague on May 15.

The encyclopaedia was also among eight works honoured at the 2019 award for literature by the Czech Writers’ Association in Prague in recognition for its significance to the country’s literature and culture.

Vasiljev died on October 23, 2016 at the age of 81 when he just started to write the fifth volume.

He interpreted for President Ho Chi Minh when a Czechoslovakian delegation visited Vietnam in 1966. He was the first Czech to translate President Ho Chi Minh’s “Nhat Ky Trong Tu” (Diary in Prison) into Czech and also researched Vietnamese ancient heritage and old scripts.

After Vasiljev died, Tien said that he was still determined to complete the six-volume encyclopedia as his late fellow’s will.

JTP was founded in 1990 and currently has over 500 professional translators, interpreters and translation teachers actively working in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic and other countries.

Since its inception, the union has proven itself to be an important representative of professionals in the field of interpretation and translation. It aims to achieve social recognition and adequate assessment of the profession and at the same time increase the level of professional colleagues.