Pleco Chinese Dictionary

Pleco Chinese Dictionary


NOTE: if you experience a '403,' '500,' or other error, or if you're in China and can't access Google Play, see pleco.com/android for other download options.

Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated Chinese English dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live camera-based character lookups, from a company with 15 years' experience making mobile Chinese learning software.

Major features: ($ = paid add-on)

• Great dictionaries: the free app comes with two dictionaries - CC-CEDICT and our in-house "PLC" dictionary - that between them cover 130,000 Chinese words and include 20,000 example sentences with Pinyin; 18 other wonderful dictionaries are available as paid upgrades. ($)

• Fullscreen handwriting input: use the entire width of your device's screen to draw characters. Very accurate, with an engine licensed from China's leading maker of handwriting input systems. (basic version free, enhanced version $)

• Live Optical Character Recognizer: look up Chinese words in the dictionary simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by scrolling around a still image. ($)

• Flashcard System: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced techniques like SRS (spaced repetition), and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks and tone drills. (simple version free, full-featured $)

• Audio Pronunciation: instantly hear a native-speaker Mandarin audio recording of each Chinese dictionary headword; recordings are available for over 34,000 words. (single-syllable free, multi $)

• Powerful search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces and tones optional), or a combination, with support for wildcards and full-text search.

• Cross-referencing: tap on any Chinese character / word in any dictionary entry to bring up its definition.

• Voice Recognition: look up words by speaking them into your device's microphone. (free)

• Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each Chinese character; over 20,000 characters are covered. ($)

• Document Reader: open a Chinese-language text file and look up unknown words in the dictionary simply by tapping on them. ($) You can also look up characters on web pages through "Share" and in other documents through the clipboard. (free)

• Mainland- and Taiwan-friendly: supports traditional and simplified characters (in dictionary definitions, stroke order, search, OCR, and handwriting), and supports Zhuyin as well as Pinyin for pronunciation display.

• Cantonese: display headwords + perform searches in Jyutping/Yale romanization. (free) We also offer Cantonese dictionary and Cantonese audio add-ons. ($)

• Tablet-friendly: includes a 2-panel (results + definition together) interface that's perfect for tablets.

• No ads: we won't even nag you about buying add-ons.

We also offer excellent customer support - send us an email and see for yourself - and an active user community at plecoforums.com.

We've been making Chinese dictionary apps since 2000, and our sales and customer base have been steadily growing for 15 years across four different platforms. We take good care of our longtime users, too - people who bought the Oxford dictionary from us on a Palm Pilot in 2001 can still use that dictionary on their brand new Android phone in 2015 without even having to pay an upgrade fee. You can be confident we'll be fixing bugs and adding features for many years to come.

Paid add-ons can be transferred to another device like any other paid app; load the free version of Pleco on your new device, go into "Add-ons" and tap "Restore Purchases."

If you already own Pleco on another OS, see pleco.com/android for upgrade / license transfer options.

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Recent changes:
3.2.14: bug fixes

3.2.13: SCREEN READER - enable Chinese tap-lookups in almost any app; FREE and works with Android 4.1 or later. + Screen OCR for apps the reader doesn't work well in (requires Android 5 + OCR add-on).

Also, Google TTS support (free + Cantonese), PDF in doc reader, ruby Zhuyin, more reliable search text selection, male Canto audio, free MoEDict, native x86, key shortcuts, better clip monitor, and other minor improvements and bug fixes.

Detailed history at pleco.com/anmanual
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About Pleco Chinese Dictionary
NOTE: if you experience a '403,' '500,' or other error, or if you're in China and can't access Google Play, see pleco.com/android for other download options.

Pleco is the ultimate Chinese learning companion - an integrated Chinese English dictionary / document reader / flashcard system with fullscreen handwriting input and live camera-based character lookups, from a company with 15 years' experience making mobile Chinese learning software.

Major features: ($ = paid add-on)

Great dictionaries: the free app comes with two dictionaries - CC-CEDICT and our in-house "PLC" dictionary - that between them cover 130,000 Chinese words and include 20,000 example sentences with Pinyin; 18 other wonderful dictionaries are available as paid upgrades. ($)

Fullscreen handwriting input: use the entire width of your device's screen to draw characters. Very accurate, with an engine licensed from China's leading maker of handwriting input systems. (basic version free, enhanced version $)

Live Optical Character Recognizer: look up Chinese words in the dictionary simply by pointing your device's camera at them, or by scrolling around a still image. ($)

Flashcard System: create a card from any dictionary entry with a single button tap, import premade word lists, use advanced techniques like SRS (spaced repetition), and study in a variety of modes including fill-in-the-blanks and tone drills. (simple version free, full-featured $)

Audio Pronunciation: instantly hear a native-speaker Mandarin audio recording of each Chinese dictionary headword; recordings are available for over 34,000 words. (single-syllable free, multi $)

Powerful search: look up words by Chinese characters, Pinyin (spaces and tones optional), or a combination, with support for wildcards and full-text search.

Cross-referencing: tap on any Chinese character / word in any dictionary entry to bring up its definition.

Voice Recognition: look up words by speaking them into your device's microphone. (free)

Stroke Order Diagrams: animations showing you how to draw each Chinese character; over 20,000 characters are covered. ($)

Document Reader: open a Chinese-language text file and look up unknown words in the dictionary simply by tapping on them. ($) You can also look up characters on web pages through "Share" and in other documents through the clipboard. (free)

Mainland- and Taiwan-friendly: supports traditional and simplified characters (in dictionary definitions, stroke order, search, OCR, and handwriting), and supports Zhuyin as well as Pinyin for pronunciation display.

Cantonese: display headwords + perform searches in Jyutping/Yale romanization. (free) We also offer Cantonese dictionary and Cantonese audio add-ons. ($)

Tablet-friendly: includes a 2-panel (results + definition together) interface that's perfect for tablets.

No ads: we won't even nag you about buying add-ons.

We also offer excellent customer support - send us an email and see for yourself - and an active user community at plecoforums.com.

We've been making Chinese dictionary apps since 2000, and our sales and customer base have been steadily growing for 15 years across four different platforms. We take good care of our longtime users, too - people who bought the Oxford dictionary from us on a Palm Pilot in 2001 can still use that dictionary on their brand new Android phone in 2015 without even having to pay an upgrade fee. You can be confident we'll be fixing bugs and adding features for many years to come.

Paid add-ons can be transferred to another device like any other paid app; load the free version of Pleco on your new device, go into "Add-ons" and tap "Restore Purchases."

If you already own Pleco on another OS, see pleco.com/android for upgrade / license transfer options.

twitter.com/plecosoft
facebook.com/plecosoft

Recent changes:
3.2.14: bug fixes

3.2.13: SCREEN READER - enable Chinese tap-lookups in almost any app; FREE and works with Android 4.1 or later. + Screen OCR for apps the reader doesn't work well in (requires Android 5 + OCR add-on).

Also, Google TTS support (free + Cantonese), PDF in doc reader, ruby Zhuyin, more reliable search text selection, male Canto audio, free MoEDict, native x86, key shortcuts, better clip monitor, and other minor improvements and bug fixes.

Detailed history at pleco.com/anmanual

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Yesterday 3:24 AM
I'm in love with this app I've been using it for days now and it works flawlessly with a myriad of functions. It is aesthetically pleasing and super super useful. The only thing that bothers me a bit from time to time is the navigation. To go from one place to the other, and there is no menu inside the definition, so I have to go out of it to choose traditional or simplified, etc. Also, when I click back, it doesn't warn me and just leaves the app. I don't know if there is a button to avoid this. Else, this is a gift from the gods.
A Google User
Yesterday 1:01 AM
Could be better
A Google User
Friday 11:46 PM
Better than any other electronic dictionary no other word to describe it, anyway just love it
A Google User
Friday 3:59 PM
Very helpfull.
A Google User
Friday 3:52 AM
Pleco A very good and useful aid in my study of Chinese. I have not used my Besta electronic dictionary since purchasing Pleco.