Chinese language learning...dictionaries!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 9, 2011 6:31 PM Last Post By: missfrugal82
Sep 1, 2011 12:05 AM
Chinese language learning...dictionaries!Hey guys,
Long time no see!
Wondering if anyone can give me some advice on dictionaries for Chinese language learning.
I'm going to start my studies in Chinese uni soon adn need a dictionary for assignments etc. I need something with character recognition, i.e. where I can write the character onto the screen with a pen. I've been looking at electronic dictionaries and nothing really jumps out at me. I'm wondering if it might better to just get a 8g iTouch since there are so many applications out there now for Chinese language learning.
Sep 1, 2011 12:33 AM
1How about this one http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php? They have a version (not free) that can be loaded onto laptop and macs.
But don't think they have something for like iPad or Android tablet and that they don't support the pen input.
Sep 1, 2011 3:42 AM
2There is this app for android: http://www.androidzoom.com/android_applications/books_and_reference/estroke_eohb.html
Sep 1, 2011 7:04 AM
3Thanks for that info guys! Good suggestions but neither really suit my situation..so I should give u more info...
I'm not keen on bringing my laptop to class. It's a notebook and has a typical notebook battery...
And, then, as for Android, I don't have a smart phone yet..and am happy enough with the traditional brick phone for a while...I actually considered getting an iPhone..but I'm not great with phones..they don't last long in my company.
Sep 1, 2011 9:03 AM
Sep 1, 2011 10:57 AM
5Not sure if electronic dictionnaries sold in China are useful/practical for foreigners learning Chinese.
Cquicktrans is a good free dictionnary, and I think there is one IME Chinese input provided with Windows that supports handwriting input...
Sep 1, 2011 7:58 PM
Sep 1, 2011 9:38 PM
7Wow, thanks for all that advice guys!
I have spent a lot of time looking around and I guess I'm reasonably familiar with what's on offer. I'd probably agree with Arioste about questioning how useful electronic dictionaries sold in China are to foreigners learning Chinese. That's my impression so far.
BICC, I will check out Ectaco. I have a 'meijin' now which is really very good except that there is no handwriting input and I really need that.
Any comments on iTouch as an option?
Sep 2, 2011 12:54 AM
8You can put a free basic version of Pleco on a Touch, but you need to pay extra to get the full touch-screen writing search, bigger dictionaries, etc.
Sep 2, 2011 1:04 AM
9So, with an iTouch bought in China, there's no limitations on what applications I can download market wise?
Sep 9, 2011 6:31 PM
10try the Besta range, I recently tried besta hd3001 2099 which was like 320 usd and had the following features:
-voice recognition they say the word, then you repeat and then the translator compares how accurately you said the word
-they write the word and you follow them
-they say the word so that you can hear it and repeat
-11 languages besides Mandarin
other features but i cant remember now
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