Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Inc.

  • Category: Reference
  • Release Date: 2009-12-17
  • Current Version: 3.2.34
  • Adult Rating: 9+
  • File Size: 128.52 MB
  • Developer: Pleco Inc.
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 4,840 Ratings

Description

Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live OCR, from a company that's been making the world's best mobile Chinese learning apps since 2001. Major features: ($ = paid add-on) • Amazing dictionaries. We include two lovely free ones built-in: the popular open-source CC-CEDICT, with over 110,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 125,000 more detailed entries, parts of speech, and over 25,000 example sentences (with Pinyin). More than two dozen other dictionaries are available as free and paid ($) add-ons, including licensed titles from well-known publishers like Oxford, Longman, FLTRP, Tuttle, SLPH, and Commercial Press. • Powerful merged search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces / tones optional), or English, with support for wildcards and full-text search. And no need to tediously flip between all of those dictionaries to find a word - just type in your search term and instantly get a combined, frequency-sorted result list. • Links and cross-references: easily look up character components, break down words into individual characters, look up lists of words containing a particular character, search across all dictionaries for example sentences containing a word, and even find synonyms / antonyms using our (experimental) free thesaurus add-on. • Gorgeous typography: see it for yourself in our screenshots - we think we're one of the best-looking Chinese dictionaries around. Alternate Kai/Song/Xing-style Chinese fonts are also available ($). • PRC/HK/Taiwan-friendly: every part of Pleco supports both traditional and simplified characters, headword pronunciations can be shown in Zhuyin as well as in Pinyin, and we even support Cantonese search and display in our PLC dictionary. • Audio: Hear Mandarin and Cantonese pronunciations for words and example sentences using iOS' free built-in text-to-speech system. We also offer add-ons ($) with native-speaker Mandarin and Cantonese recordings, plus higher-quality Mandarin text-to-speech system options. • Document Reader: bring in text from the clipboard and tap on words in it to instantly look them up. Upgrade ($) adds support for tap-lookups in text, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PDF, and EPUB files, and in embedded lyrics in songs and podcasts. • OCR: look up words simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by tapping on them in a still image. ($) • Fullscreen handwriting: use your device's whole screen instead of just a little box. Extremely accurate and highly tolerant of stroke order mistakes. ($) • Flashcards: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced memorization techniques like SRS, and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks handwriting and tone drills. ($) • Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each character; 500 characters for free, 28,000 in paid ($) version. • User dictionaries: create new dictionary entries right on your device as you encounter new words. ($) • Absolutely no ads. We also offer famously excellent customer support and an active user community at http://www.plecoforums.com. And we're constantly working to make our products better; our sales and customer base have been growing for 18 years across 4 different mobile platforms. You can be confident that we'll still be fixing bugs and adding features for years to come. Our paid add-ons can be transferred to other devices that link to your iTunes account just like any other paid iTunes content; simply install our free app, open up the "Add-ons" screen, and tap on the "Restore Purchases" button to activate your purchase on each device. Please contact us at support@pleco.com, via the form at http://www.pleco.com/contact.html, or using the in-app "Contact Support" command with any questions - we'll be delighted to hear from you.

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Reviews

  • Improved my relationship!

    5
    By Maxi-Hai
    I’m married to a Chinese woman. We both speak English, but, there are some boundaries in our communication that were only sorted out with this app! Thanks a bunch!
  • Awesome - Been using it for years

    5
    By zaperino
    Can’t live without Pleco
  • Best of the Best

    5
    By HRA65
    I’ve used this for 6+ years now, and I love it. I slowly added features and dictionaries. The flash cards are very helpful, and the live optical recognition is handy. Early on I bought the ABC Chinese-English dictionary, and last year I purchased the Oxford Chinese Dictionary, which has good example sentences. I’m quite content with this app.
  • Way too expensive

    2
    By Artin98
    Way too expensive
  • The most indispensable app for learning chinese

    5
    By WushuMaro
    I got this app years ago when I started learning chinese and to this day I use this app more than I do Facebook. I got a ton of the upgrades like flash card, text reader, OCR, text to speech voices, and I seriously use it all the time when doing business in China. Great for reading contracts in the app, or books, scripts, etc etc!
  • Best Chinese dictionary app

    5
    By DudemanLA
    Let me tell you it’s the best Chinese dictionary. Totally worth the investment. You can even have someone draw Chinese characters on your phone and it will translate to English and pinyin. I have been using this app for over 10 years. I stated using it in the palm treo. Now the iPhone X
  • Broaden by Aspects of Chinese

    5
    By Lucifersama93
    As I’m self-studying Chinese I face problems with valid and trusted dictionary (and a free one) I never thought that my blind searching would lead me to know the best English-Chinese Dictionary EVER It help me train my listening ability and my mandarin language Thanks
  • Incredible app

    5
    By Xphig
    I use this app daily for my (lifelong) study of Standard Chinese. It does everything. Allows me to copy text from the web and translate words I miss. It allows me to point at characters in a book. And it has multiple dictionaries so I can always find the best meaning even if that’s not the most common one. It’s easy to understand and use. I wouldn’t be without it.
  • Excellent app for anyone learning Chinese

    5
    By Adazi
    Easy to look things up in English, Chinese characters, or Pinyin. Supports traditional characters. The free version has been totally adequate for me.
  • Indispensable app for Chinese

    5
    By Chan Lieu
    This app is indispensable if you’re trying to learn Chinese. Many apps will support both traditional and simplified characters, and I especially love that it the Cantonese pronunciations in addition to the Mandarin. Lots of great features and extensive dictionaries. Well worth the price.

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