Jump to content
Learn Chinese in China

Sharing a tool I've been working on

Recommended Posts

Hi all, I'm Andrew. I've been working on a simple Chinese - English dictionary for desktop incorporating HSK wordlists and would love to know what you guys think. It's based on CC-CEDICT and Unihan at the moment.





Link to post
Share on other sites
Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.

Thanks for checking it out! I made it because I couldn't find a good desktop dictionary and I wanted to look up character meanings, stroke order and so on on my computer. I'd love to hear any ideas you have for functionality.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I think it's pretty good that you made this. Though, I would personally use other tools which are readily available and have more functionality.


I'm not sure if you're willing to develop it further, but if you do, I have a few features that I would implement if I was you:

1. Make an animated version of the strokes. Allow users to switch between the static strokes (as it is now), and the animated strokes.

2. Pronunciation tool. Ideally Native speakers pronouncing each character/word. Obviously that is a lot of work, and probably would cost a lot of money, so what I'd do is find a really good Chinese text-to-speech API, and just get the audio from there.


If you are up for it, I'd be willing to give tips.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm planning to keep working on it yeah. Thanks for the suggestions. I started with this weekend on user accounts and personalised lists of words and characters. Stroke animations I should be able to pull from free sources I reckon. I'll see if I can figure out a way to get audio too (I think Pleco uses some kind of TTS, or at least it sounds like words are stitched together from the component characters).


I'd love any tips you might have @马M, perhaps you can send me your email via the contact form on the website.

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 9/15/2020 at 11:02 AM, Akxlr said:

@BlackMamba, you can now create an account and add words and characters to lists!


Very good. You do not talk like many but are a doer^^

Maybe you could add next to the "Add to list" button a "Learned/To learn" button and then add this as the last column with a check icon if the word has been learned in the tables.

Link to post
Share on other sites

a flashcard system isnt required but as a user i would like to see what ive learned and what I still have to learn. I think it is very good that words are shown that use the selected character cause I think learning more words with the same character is efficient for learning that specific character cause there will be more repetitions then

Link to post
Share on other sites
20 minutes ago, Akxlr said:

audio for the first 2000 characters or so


Sweet, I'm glad to hear you're implementing suggestions! The animations for strokes are a nice feature. 


It's also good to see that you're adding the audio to indicate correct pronunciation. I'm probably being picky now but it would be nice to playback the audio at a slower rate, or at least have the option to change playback speed.


Don't get me wrong though, you're doing great so far, keep it up!

Link to post
Share on other sites

As an option, here is a link to the instructon how to install Big Chinese-Russian dictionary on your PC (the forume has also an English version, although this particular article is in Russian). It can be used as an supplementary tool. The dictionary is truly comprehensive. See pic how its interface in the GoldenDic shell looks like. Should you have any questions I can explain in English how to do it. 




Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...