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Pleco Chinese Dictionary

By Pleco Software

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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 100,000 frequently-updated entries, and our own PLC dictionary, with 78,000 more detailed entries and over 20,000 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 ($).

• Mainland/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: iOS 7 users can take advantage of the free built-in Mandarin and Cantonese TTS system to hear pronunciations for words and example sentences. 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; over 20,000 characters are covered. ($)

• 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 14 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.

What's New in Version 3.2.5

• Tons of bug fixes and performance improvements.
• iOS 7/8 style icon design (finally).
• New male Cantonese audio add-on.
• Two new font add-ons (Caoshu and Small Seal Script).
• New item in CHARS tab to display characters in all of your installed fonts at once (tap to zoom in).
• Customizable sort order in Organize Cards. (tap on the button next to the magnifying glass icon)
• XML backup of history and settings. (bottom of the Settings screen)
• New filtered search feature - type "gao#tall" to get words pronounced 'gao' with 'tall' in their definitions.
• New "view in dictionary" button in the optional flashcard dictionary switching bar (enable in Display / Show switch dict button) to let you jump to the dictionary definition screen from a flashcard in a single tap; once there you can scroll through previously tested flashcards via the standard-top-right-corner-of-the-screen scroll buttons.

Lots of really cool new stuff in the works for later this year, including major flashcard / OCR revamps, a massively updated version of our PLC dictionary (with parts of speech and a whole lot of new Cantonese vocabulary), a bunch of brand new dictionaries, and a bevy of UI improvements, plus a couple of totally new things we're keeping secret for now.

As always, since the App Store resets our review average with every update, we'd really appreciate it if you'd leave another review - don't have to write anything, just the star button will do. We hate the fact that other developers put up nag screens asking for reviews, and would never do that ourselves, but reviews help us show up more prominently in search results, which leads to more users / more money to improve Pleco.

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Customer Reviews

Excellent English-Chinese Dictionary

Excellent English - Chinese dictionary, replete with examples and voice over. This app can be further improved if a link to the stroke order of the character is added.

Great and very intuitive apps

Happy to have this usefull apps which have helps my kids to excel on his chinese subject.

Good app update

Stay there.

Pleco Chinese Dictionary
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.2.5
  • Size: 91.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Full-screen Handwriting (Educational Discount)S$ 14.98
  2. Optical Character Recognizer (Educational Discount)S$ 14.98
  3. Full-screen HandwritingS$ 18.98
  4. Optical Character RecognizerS$ 18.98
  5. Pleco Basic Bundle (Educational Discount)S$ 38.98
  6. Mandarin Audio (female)S$ 5.98
  7. Pleco Basic BundleS$ 51.98
  8. Flashcard System (Educational Discount)S$ 12.98
  9. Mandarin Audio (female) (Educational Discount)S$ 4.98
  10. Pleco Professional Bundle (Educational Discount)S$ 98.98