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Lost in China

By LucSens Oy

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Take a photo of a Chinese (simplified) character and get instant translation in English. No internet connection required!
The World's first real Chinese - English dictionary!
Can be used as an input method or to make flash cards using Notes.
It recognizes over 3000 (most frequent 95%) simplified Chinese characters.


After tapping the "take photo to translate" button you have to pinch to zoom and frame the character. Pieces of other characters must not be in the frame. As a rule of thumb, Chinese characters have their height equal to their width.

Even if the character has not been recognized properly, use the arrow buttons to scroll through the next 9 best candidates. Most likely the character you're looking for will be there.


* Works best with clear images and good contrast, black text on white background and regular printed characters.


This software contains dictionary data from CC-CEDICT (,
which is used under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

What's New in Version 1.4

Works perfectly in low memory situations.
Improved user experience.

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Customer Reviews

Works for me

Sometimes you have to capture image multiple times but for most it works well. Trail and error. It's a computer. Garbage in is garbage out! Lighting has some affect to. Otherwise, great for a free app!

Works fine

Sure, it's not perfect. Work with simplified characters only. Sometimes it fails but that's ok. Pinch to zoom works and it doesn't crash on my iPod touch 4G, iOS 5.1.

Deleted that pretty quick

Just inaccurate, as is the other similar app I tried. Really hope this technology improves and is eventually functional. Should also not be thrown off by fonts so easily. Would be great if it worked.

Lost in China
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  • Free
  • Category: Education
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.4
  • Size: 3.9 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad Wi-Fi (3rd generation), iPad Wi‑Fi + Cellular (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini Wi-Fi, iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), and iPod touch (6th generation).

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