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KTdict C-E (Chinese-English dictionary)

By Klaus Thul

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KTdict C-E for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch provides you a comprehensive, easy to use and fast Chinese-English dictionary. The following features make it the perfect tool for your study of the Chinese language or your visit to China.

Search: Includes the data of the renowned CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 100,000 entries - no Internet connection required. Search using English, Chinese characters and Hanyu Pinyin. Use Chinese handwriting recognition or voice input of iOS to enter Chinese easily.

Reader: Import Chinese texts and get with a single tap translations of unknown words and characters.

OCR: Take pictures of printed Chinese texts and use optical character recognition to help with translation.

Flashcards: Add words from the dictionary to vocabulary lists and share them across your iOS devices with iCloud. Import vocabulary lists per Email and through other apps like Safari or Dropbox. ($)

Trainer: Learn vocabulary from the dictionary as well as self-entered words. Build on the Leitner system, the flashcard trainer helps you maintaining steady study habits by creating daily learning sets. ($)

($: Requires single one-time in-app purchase).

Acknowledgments: KTdict C-E includes the data of CC-CEDICT (, license at, the Unihan database (terms-of-use: and the Tesseract Open Source OCR engine (, license at

What's New in Version 2.7.1

Fix for an issue preventing some users to add words from the dictionary to the flashcard trainer

Enhancements of with version 2.7:
- optimized for iOS 8 (iOS 7 supported as well)
- export/import to iCloud drive and other cloud storage services
- support of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PLUS


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Customer Reviews

Great resource

Awesome dictionary app for Chinese. It makes great use of the underlying database and is loaded with tons of features. Use it all the time. The developer is also really good with app support and updates. One feature I would like to see added is the ability to add custom entries. Though the underlying databases are fairly good, there are words, especially technical vocabulary, in use in modern Chinese which are missing. Being able to add these to the app as custom entries would be great, especially for those using the trainer functionality.

Almost perfect

This app has a great set of features, but I would like to see a couple of features that are present in the DianHua added to this app, i.e., A list of related terms below the selected term and the ability to freeze frame jumbo sized flash card characters so that you can draw on them. With these additions I would definitely get the paid version.


I love this app. It's one of the best quick dictionaries out there. I eventually purchased the flash card trainer, and I use it all the time now to study! Disadvantage- it doesn't give sentence examples. Advantages- it's neat and straightforward. Love love love!

KTdict C-E (Chinese-English dictionary)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: Nov 18, 2014
  • Version: 2.7.1
  • Size: 60.6 MB
  • Languages: English, German
  • Seller: Klaus Thul
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

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