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NinKenDo

What is a good software dictionary/reference for 文言文?

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NinKenDo

Hey guys, I'm in the last year of my diploma of Chinese, and they've decided to have us do a semester on reading 文言文 compositions. You know, some excerpted classics, poems, etc. The main source we'll be using is 'Gateway to the Chinese classics' if anyone is interested.

 

Anyway, I've been using Wenlin as my main Chinese dictionary. I've got all the Add-On dictionaries, including the 'ABC Etymological Dictionary of Old Chinese' and the 'ABC Dictionary of Chinese Proverbs' which I expect will help me a lot in this new endeavour. However I would like to know if anybody has other suggestions for good software packages I can use? 文言文 is one of those things where meanings can be pretty ephemeral and I find some of the meaning explanations in the 'ABC EDOC' a little lacking in guiding me through these ambiguities, as it seems more concerned (unsurprisingly) with etymology and sound reconstruction.

 

Thanks guys.

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I just downloaded a new app, linguee, it seems to be quite thorough & can be used for a few languages (just download the dictionaries). but the feature I like most is that it gives in depth examples for multiple circumstances in which you may use the word

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mouse

Yeah all you need is pleco. And I second Kroll’s Dictionary; a very useful resource despite Kroll’s tendency to use obscure and obsolete words. Oh and, it’s not free, but the 汉语大辞典 (on pleco) would also be very useful. Often you’ll find the example sentence comes from the very material you’re studying.

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NinKenDo

Thanks guys. I've grabbed the SDCMC through Pleco. TBH I hate having my dictionary tied to my phone though. I do the majority of my card creation through my computer, so having the dictionary on another device is a serious pain. I know you can run an emulator, but I don't want to buy the same dictionaries and features twice just so I can run two devices. I'm also not a huge fan of the way Pleco lays out definitions.

 

Great dictionary though, and easy to search through Pleco.

 

Does anybody have any more suggestions?

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mouse
1 hour ago, NinKenDo said:

Does anybody have any more suggestions?

 

Use a universal clipboard.

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mikelove
7 hours ago, NinKenDo said:

I'm also not a huge fan of the way Pleco lays out definitions.

Can you be any more specific about that? (we're adding a lot of new options in that area in our next major update and hopefully there'll be a way to configure them more to your liking)

 

7 hours ago, NinKenDo said:

I know you can run an emulator, but I don't want to buy the same dictionaries and features twice just so I can run two devices.

If you have a Mac we are planning to support those in the not *too* distant future via Apple's "Project Catalyst" - hopefully this coming June the second version of that will be solid enough that we can build an app around it. (the first one... wasn't, plus Apple just screwed everybody who supported it already just last week by belatedly adding the ability for Mac/iOS apps to share app IDs and we'd like to reduce the odds of something similar happening to us)

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