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Qingwen Chinese Dictionary

  • #: 16179
  • Price: $4.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 2009-12-11
  • Current Version: 2.2
  • 2.2
  • Size: 37.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Karan Misra
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • © 2009 Karan Misra
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Qingwen is an extremely focused and streamlined Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionary designed with the Chinese reader in mind. Lookup is fast and easy, with just one search field which takes anything you throw at it - 汉字, Pinyin or English - and gives you the most relevant results.

Qingwen is great for students learning Chinese. You can use the word lists feature to keep track of dictionary entries for future reference. Each entry also has links to other similar entries, such as ones which contain the same characters, or ones that sound similar.

You can also listen to each character pronounced in both Mandarin and Cantonese.

Qingwen is powered by a modified version of CC-CEDICT.

NOTE: An active internet connection is required for the Mandarin/Cantonese audio playback feature.

What's New in Version 2.2

- Updated dictionary content (over 100,000 entries now!).
- Made some usability changes (for example, text copied to the pasteboard automatically gets pasted into the search field when Qingwen launches).
- Fixed a potential crash.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

Very nice app ! However...

App is great. However, it would have been nice if it would say in the description that you CANNOT get sound unless you are connected to the internet. This is not always possible with an itouch. It does mention it in their website support section though. I think they should mention it in the description on the itunes page. There are other apps that offer this feature without having to go online but maybe not such an extensive vocabulary list . In any case, this is a very good app .

5/5 stars


My kids go to a Chinese Immersion school and this is just an invaluable tool. It beats all the other dictionaries we've tried hands down.

5/5 stars

Great! Great!!!!!!!

My girlfriend is from Hong Kong and was absolutely amazed at the quality!!!!


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