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I have the Oxford Chinese dictionary app and use Mondly mostly for learning. What would be the advantage of Pleco, and why is it so recommended?

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Pleco users will all have their favorite features, but what I like most about it is being able to compare entries across multiple dictionaries at once.

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LiquidyGaga

In pleco, you can handwrite the chinese character you are looking for. It is definitely niche for some users as they prefer using the camera. I might be mistaking as I don't know if Oxford has a handwriting search system.

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amytheorangutan

I've never used Oxford Chinese dictionary app so I won't try to compare but these are just a few reasons why I like Pleco:

- Compares entries from multiple dictionaries

- Lots of example sentences on most entries

- Chinese - English , English - Chinese 

- Includes a lot of common sayings, idioms and slangs

- It has lots of other useful add ons like readers and flashcards 

- Has lots of other niche, specialised and comprehensive dictionary add ons 

- Includes traditional and simplified characters

- User friendly

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markhavemann

Pleco is loaded with features, most of which I hardly ever (or never) use. This isn't a complaint, just my own usage habits and maybe laziness. Despite this I still purchased the full package with all features and dictionaries, and haven't once regretted it. 

 

Really, all I use is the handwriting input and dictionary part. I will say that it's very very rare to find a word or "set phrase" that isn't in Pleco (including lines from well known works and poems), and that alone makes it worth the purchase. I'm not sure how much of this is available in the base dictionaries. 

 

Pleco has only become more useful as my Chinese improves. There are even dictionaries with defintions in Chinese once you get to that point.

 

Anki integration is another big bonus which I used in the past but laziness got in the way of.

 

Pleco is updated regularly and has never once crashed for me. I would say if you are serious about learning Chinese then Pleco with all the bells and whistles is work considering.

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mungouk

OCR! 

 

Live OCR for when you're in a hurry or out and about.

 

Long-press shortcut on the icon and choose "OCR Latest Screenshot" when you're trying to use an APP that's only in Chinese.

 

Also, long-press > shortcut "Clipboard reader" to lookup what's on the clipboard (which, if you're using an iOS device and a Mac, can be on the Mac's clipboard which still seems like magic to me...)

 

Built-in flashcards.  Easily save flashcards.

 

Document reader that can lookup words in PDF, EPUB, HTML files etc

 

Outlier etymological dictionary.

 

 

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I will add the importance of flashcards, once you become familiar how it works, it is a real good tool and you can test yourself. Excellent memory practice

and very useful for vocabulary learning. The add-ons are great too for reading or looking up words. I highly recommend it.

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Demonic_Duck

Pleco is an absolute beast of an app, far richer in features and content than any other Chinese dictionary app on the market. It's also massively customizable, with many different add-ons and settings you can play around with.

 

The free version is fine for casual learners, but it really comes into its own when you add some of the paid add-ons. It's really nice to have a selection of Chinese-Chinese, Chinese-English, and English-Chinese dictionaries all in one place. Then there are also more specialized options, such as chengyu dictionaries, Cantonese dictionaries, and the Outlier character etymology dictionary. The OCR is decent, though I rarely use it these days.

 

The clip reader/file reader is also a standout feature, super useful for looking up unfamiliar words on the fly. You can even download content for it (graded readers) as more paid add-ons.

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somethingfunny

Why Pleco? Because when you email customer support, Mike Love himself replies to your email.

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艾墨本

Also worth noting I bought it 8 years ago on an android phone. I have not had to pay any monthly fees or anything and am still using it extensively on my Apple phone and tablet. Great support as well whenever I have questions or run into problems. AAAAAND it can be used offline which is crucial for study sessions when I use airplane mode for minimum distractions. All of these great aspects that are beyond the already mentioned features have been crucial to a smooth user experience. 
 

You can do without Pleco but the features get parsed into 3-5 other less user-friendly apps. 
 

if you’re serious about learning Chinese, get the professional bundle and spend a day messing around with settings and reading about features. 

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vellocet

The OCR function is the must-have feature for me.  It helped so much when I was in the hospital, to read the medical reports.  I tried using translate apps and they fail on the highly technical language. Garbled meanings or unclear phrases. With OCR, you can take apart every sentence into its component words and assemble the meaning yourself.  You can see each word's meaning exactly, or look it up on Baidu to see what it is.  

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