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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 2.8

- Longer Chinese input will be automatically broken into words for translation
- Bug fixes related to speech output (Hongkong voice) and iCloud support
- French localization


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Customer Reviews

BEST Chinese-English electronic dictionary out there!

With this version of the KTdict I have all but thrown away my fancy Besta Chinese-English electronic dictionary! This programme enables me to find the words I need absolutely on the fly. The breadth of the vocabulary includes not only geographic and personal names, but also proverbs, phrases, slang and a whole host of other bits and pieces of Chinese culture you never knew you needed till now. The new feature that allows you to surf for a particular character in a multi-character word/phrase is a god send. The ONLY way this programme could be brought to perfection would be if it would 1) show you the stroke order (because sometimes finding the word depends on the order in which you draw the character) 2) pronounce it out loud. But even without these things, it is AB-FAB!! Danke dir sehr schön, Klaus!

Best Chinese app

I have been waiting for an offline accessible dictionary which has the pinyin and characters. What is even better is you can put entire sentences in, not just individual words. It is the offline MDBG I have wanted for years. Thank you!
I will buy the upgrade when I get off work; this app is wonderful.

For Andriod too please?

This app is perfect for my Chinese class. it works great on my iPad, but recently I got a new phone (Samsung Galaxy s5) and this app wasn't in the play store which made me cringe. Hope this app is for Andriod or play store soon. Thank you for this great app by the way.

KTdict C-E (Chinese-English dictionary)
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.8
  • Size: 61.7 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • 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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