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#1 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 21 January 2005 - 09:20 PM

Chinese Dictionary is a necessary tool to learning the chinese language. I've done some surfing on the internet and below are the recommended Online Dictionary for learning chinese language. They are also good tools for translation.


English-based Dictionary

>>Nciku Dictionary
Link: http://www.nciku.com
Info: By far one of the best chinese dictionary online. You can input english, pinyin or chinese character and output the meaning either in chinese or english. You can also input the chinese character by writing it on the site. Also includes many example sentences for learning chinese language. Generally good dictionary for english-speakers who are learning chinese language.

>>TigernNT
Link: http://www.tigernt.com/
Info: Contains English-Chinese (E-C) and Chinese-English (C-E) online dictionary. For E-C dictionary, it can output in GB or Big5. For C-E Dictionary, one can input in pinyin, big5, GB or English. This is a very good online dictionary for quickly checking the meaning and the pinyin for a new chinese character. Certain difficult characters can be found in this dictionary.

>>Dictionary of Chinese Characters
Link: http://www.chinalang...DICT/index.html
Info: Contains many input methods such as radical, stroke counts, english, pinyin, hakka, cantonese, japanese, korean, four-corner input, Cangjie, internal code. This is a comprehensive dictionary, however certain difficult characters cannot be found in this dictionary.

>>Zhongwen.com
Link: http://www.zhongwen.com
Info: Contains Chinese-English dictionary including pronunciation, radical and stroke count input. A general purpose dictionary.

>>Chinese Idiom Dictionary (English-based)
Link: http://www.chinese-t...ngyu/dictionary
Info: You can input the chinese idioms and it will explain in english.

Chinese-based Dictionary

>>金山词霸搜索 (Kingsoft)
Link: http://www.iciba.com/
Info: The best online chinese dictionary I have ever found. One is required to input the character onto the input box and the search result will output the explanation in both chinese and english. Included are also information such as historical origin, example of phrases used for the chinese character etc. For those surfing the net, this is a quick way to check up on a new character, its meaning and pinyin etc. One can cut and paste the character onto the input box.

>> Dict.cn 海词
Link: http://www.dict.cn/
Info: Good and fast online dictionary (chinese-english or vice versa) for searching the meaning of chinese characters or english words.

>> 汉典 zdic.net
Link: http://www.zdic.net/
Info: A very good chinese-based dictionary with explanation in chinese. One can either input the chinese character (using copy and paste) or locate the character by checking the radicals. Also include chinese idioms dictionary, lexicon etc. It includes many reference to Guoxue resources.

>> 教育部重編國語詞典 (Guoyu Cidian)
Link: http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/
Info: Official Online Chinese dictionary by Taiwan's Ministry of Education (ROC). Taiwan's Chinese vocabulary can differ from those used in mainland China. So if you want to understand certain vocabulary used in Taiwan's flowery Chinese language, this is a good online dictionary to check the meaning.

>> 搜文解字 (Shouwen Jiezi)
Link: http://words.sinica.edu.tw/
Info: The official Chinese dictionary by Academia Sinica of Taiwan. You can use it to check any ancient Chinese character, its sources, etymology. You can also use it to check various ancient Chinese scripts

>> 查字典 (Chazidian)
Link: http://www.chazidian.com/
Info: General purpose Chinese dictionary including idioms, allegorical saying, poetry etc.

>> CNKI 翻译助手
Link: http://dict.cnki.net/
Info: By far the best online En-CH or CH-En dictionary for 'technical translation' in many professional field such as Science, technology, medicine, social science. One only need to input the technical term and it will output the equivalent term in english or chinese. A good tool used for technical translation.

>> 新浪字典
Link: http://dictionary.sina.com.tw
Info: The Sina.com's online dictionary features both English-Chinese (EN-CH), Chinese-English (CH-EN) and English-English (EN-EN) usage. One can input terms either in english or chinese. It outputs not just the meaning of the word, but also include various example sentences to explain the word.


>>Leixoner
Link: http://www.lexiconer.com/
Info: Feature English-Chinese (E-C) and Chinese-English (C-E) dictionary. Quite a good dictionary

>>Sunrain
Link: http://sunrain.net/
Info: Feature English-Chinese (E-C) and Chinese-English (C-E) dictionary. This is a good dictionary esp. for technical terms.

>>成语词典 of Renwu.net (Dictionary of Idioms)
LinkL http://www.renwu.net/chengyu/cy.asp
Info: A good dictionary for learning chinese idioms. One can input and search for a chinese idiom or browse through the list of chinese idioms.

>>Dictionary of Chinese Idioms 教育部成語典
Link: http://dict.idioms.m...tw/sort_pho.htm
Info: Official Site by the Education Ministry of Taiwan (ROC), this online dictionary is for those who want to check up on the meaning, historical origin of chinese idioms (in traditional writing).
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"夫君子之行:靜以修身,儉以養德;非淡泊無以明志,非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮

One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 02:17 PM

the www has been a tremendous boost to keep my limited chinese alive, did find a site with audio too, will post it once retrieved from favourites

regret now not having enjoyed my Chinese more at the limited
overseas Chinese Schools,
teachers were not inspiring at all ;-(

#3 apollo

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 01:55 PM

English-Chinese , Chinese-English Dictionary

http://www.saynihao.org/dictionary.htm

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Posted 27 June 2005 - 04:47 PM

A great dictionary that I know of is MDBG free online Chinese-English Dictionary. This is without a doubt the most comprehensive online dictionary I am aware of. The dictionary accepts pinyin, characters and English. It is also incredibly easy to use and the entries are growing everyday. Has a lot of slang as well. I use it for both work and study. I encourage everyone to check it out!

I like Kingsoft, but more for their dictionary software than their online dictionary. And the Taiwanese idiom website is good as well, but it is in traditional characters and takes a long time for me to read as a result. :cry^:

Edited by lao_hu489, 27 June 2005 - 04:48 PM.

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#5 Xiang Yu

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 02:21 AM

Hello,Im kinda confused.I tried to use those websites for pinyin,example:

Xie xie = Thank you, but nothing found.Is there anyother website in english?.Everytime I opened one of those it asked if I wanted to download a pack,so I could read it. :cry^:

#6 Demoore

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Posted 12 October 2005 - 11:20 PM

And the first French Chinese Dictionary :

http://www.chinese-t...dictionary.html

20 000 entries searchable in Chinese, pinyin or French!

#7 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 10:11 AM

Just found another good online chinese dictionary (in chinese):

http://www.zdic.net/
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"夫君子之行:靜以修身,儉以養德;非淡泊無以明志,非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮

One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 10:36 PM

世界字典大全.I call it the world dictionary.
http://www.dictionarylink.com/

#9 jlaporte

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Posted 04 November 2005 - 08:35 AM

A great dictionary that I know of is MDBG free online Chinese-English Dictionary.

Thanks a lot for the hint . I tried it; It is comprehensive and even includes entry in 繁體字:D :D

#10 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 14 December 2005 - 05:09 AM

This chinese site contains good links to chinese dictionary.

http://www.wen8.net/.../dictionary.htm

Below is a recommended chinese-english or english-chinese dictionary

http://dict.cn/
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"夫君子之行:靜以修身,儉以養德;非淡泊無以明志,非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮

One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang

#11 Demoore

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Posted 05 February 2006 - 02:05 PM

A list of good Chinese / various european languages dictionaries :This list is to be completed with other languages...

#12 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 08 May 2006 - 08:27 AM

Found another good online chinese dictionary (in chinese) together with Idioms, Synonyms, Proverbs etc.

http://www.ourdict.cn/
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"夫君子之行:靜以修身,儉以養德;非淡泊無以明志,非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮

One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang

#13 General_Zhaoyun

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 11:47 AM

This is a good dictionary for learning Minnan (Taiwanese Hokkien/Holo)

http://daiwanway.dyn.../cgi/tdict.acgi
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"夫君子之行:靜以修身,儉以養德;非淡泊無以明志,非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮

One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang

#14 TrueViet

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Posted 28 August 2006 - 03:20 PM

Most of websites quoted here required the font "simplified Chinese" installed.
That makes impossible in many public libraries in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.
Why don't the Webmasters learn to use Unicode font instead?

Besides, one I copy and paste a character in my text editor, it does not work.
It pase the link instead.

Do anyone give me a dictionary that does not required any fonts added,
and it allow the user to copy and post only the character instead of its link?

#15 futurkim

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 01:46 AM

Hello,Im kinda confused.I tried to use those websites for pinyin,example:

Xie xie = Thank you, but nothing found.Is there anyother website in english?.Everytime I opened one of those it asked if I wanted to download a pack,so I could read it. :cry^:


Why don't the Webmasters learn to use Unicode font instead?

Besides, one I copy and paste a character in my text editor, it does not work.
It pase the link instead.

Do anyone give me a dictionary that does not required any fonts added,
and it allow the user to copy and post only the character instead of its link?


I would recommend you try www.nciku.com
There are two options for the language, Chinese and English.
You can search a word by entering pinyin, Chinese characters or English. If you have the character but donít know how to input it in the search bar, you can use the handwriting recognition tool. It is very accurate! You can check for yourself.
My computer already had a Chinese font installed when I first visited www.nciku.com , so I didnít get any message asking me to download anything. I donít know if that is the reason I didnít get any messages of that kind.
If you do, that pack is completely harmless it will enable your computer to recognize Chinese text, therefore making it easy for you to use Chinese dictionaries.
You can also try to set you Internet Explore to the font called Simsun it is a unicode font... not the best oneÖ but hey, maybe that will do the trick.

Edited by futurkim, 08 August 2007 - 02:10 AM.





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