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Declan's Chinese Dictionary - Screenshots & Features

A fully searchable 23,000 word Chinese-English Dictionary using the CEDICT database


Searches can be made

  • for Chinese words using hanzi;

  • Pinyin pronunciations with and without tone numbers;

  • for English meanings;

  • for Chinese examples.

The search results are displayed in the bottom 'Search Results" frame. After clicking on a search result, the words details will be displayed in the 'Word Definition' frame on the top left-hand side.

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Installing the CEDICT database

Declan's Chinese Dictionary requires that the CEDICT dictionary databases be manually installed. Two dictionaries (Simplified and Traditional) are available for installation. Which one you chose depends on which character set you are learning and where you intend to use the Chinese you have learned.

  • The BIG5 database containing the traditional Chinese character set. The traditional characters continue to be used in Taiwan and Hong Kong and by the Chinese diaspora.

  • The GB database containing the simplified Chinese character set. The simplified characters are used in Mainland China (the Peoples' Republic of China).

Detailed instructions for downloading and installing the CEDICT database are available here.

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Entering Chinese

The Windows Chinese IME can be used - see here for Chinese IME installation and use instructions.

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Character Details

The details of any character in the Word Definition window will be displayed when the mouse is hovered over the kanji,

Details include the pinyin pronunciation, the character's meaning, it number of strokes and details about its radical.

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Marking Words

Words can be marked by doubling clicking them in the Search Results frame

or by clicking the "Toggle Word Mark" button.

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Using Marked Words

All marked words can be viewed by clicking the "Manage Marked Words" button

The "Export Marked Word to XFL file" allows the marked words to be exported for use in Declan's Chinese FlashCards for studying and memorization.

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