English Chinese English Dictionary (Eng Chinese Dic)
Looking to buy an English Chinese Dictionary paperback or phrase book? Have you considered using a translation “app” on your mobile phone, PDA or games console, which uses the same space as a ringtone, is easy to install and is faster to reference than a book?
The English Chinese dictionary suite (Eng Chinese Dic.) is a full set of English Chinese language software for multiple platforms. Each dictionary can be used to translate from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.
Smartphones supporting Java (Symbian, S60, Windows mobile, Pocket PC, Android)
Games consoles (PSP, NDS, GP2X)
Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris (desktops and laptops)
Jailbroken iPhone and iTouch (no support given)
Palm (Palms running Windows Mobile should use the J2ME – Mobile Phone version
Versions for mobile phones and other mobile devices provide word translations Eng Chinese displaying translations in phonetic Chinese (romanised Chinese). The Chinese Eng dic translates from phonetic Chinese to English and by using the copy feature this can be particularly useful for reverse lookups for synonyms and to understand the broader use of the Chinese word in the English language. Although the Eng Chinese dict does not provide definitions or examples, the use of the translation software in this way provides you with a mechanism to better understand Chinese words in the English context without the need for detailed definitions.
Laptop and Desktop versions for Windows, Apple Mac and Linux of the English Chinese language dictionary software display Chinese characters as well as phonetic Chinese when translating words from English to Chinese. The copy feature is equally useful in helping to understand and communicate between English and Chinese. This version can also translate from Chinese characters to English as well as from phonetic Chinese (romanised Chinese) to English.
Windows, Apple Mac and Linux versions also provide a Chinese learning mode, which uses flashcards to help you learn and memorize the Chinese language. The learning or Chinese teacher mode has 4 levels. In level one a word is selected from the 500 most commonly used English words and three Chinese words are displayed for you to make your choice. If the correct word is selected points are awarded, otherwise a life is lost. The correct answer is always displayed after a Chinese word is selected. Points are accumulated until 10 lives are lost. The second level of the game still tests against the 500 most commonly used English words, but offers a choice from five Chinese words for the correct English to Chinese translation. The Chinese teacher becomes more difficult in levels 3 and 4 when you are tested on your knowledge of the Chinese language against the complete Eng Chinese dic. Like level 1, level 3 offers three Chinese word choices and level 4 five Chinese word choices from the extensive English Chinese lexicon.
The learning mode provides the same functionality from Chinese words to English for levels 1 to 4. Chinese words are displayed in Chinese characters, but after an English translation choice is made the phonetic Chinese (romanised Chinese) is also displayed whether the selection is right or wrong. This is very helpful for Chinese language students who are learning to read Chinese.
A paperless option makes sense. It is kinder to the environment, its faster and it works on a device you already own.