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HanZi Reader

HanZi Reader
  • #: 14632
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Education
  • Updated: 2016-06-28
  • Current Version: 2.2.4
  • 2.2.4
  • Size: 8.50 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Robert Phillips
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
  • © 2010 Robert A Phillips
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Description

Translate and read any Chinese text that can be copied and pasted.

HanZi Reader is an essential addition to your Chinese app toolbox that can help you learn to read Chinese characters by the touch of your finger. As you slide your finger across the screen, the dictionary entry for the touched word is instantly displayed for you to see, and the Chinese word pops up above your finger so that your finger never obscures the word you’re reading.

HanZi Reader is very fast. There is no waiting for the app to find your entry in a dictionary as it’s pre-loaded before the screen is displayed. Your reading flow is never impeded by waiting, so you’re able to really get a feel for the meaning and grammar of the text, as well as become familiar with the characters by continued exposure to them.

HanZi Reader comes with an initial 24 short Chinese idiom stories and also has a built in translator to create your own reading texts from characters pasted in from other apps or from the Internet. Custom texts are created using the CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 112, 000 entires.

Universal app with custom interfaces for both the iPhone and iPad, and an option to purchase NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech voice synthesis should you require Mandarin pronunciation.

What's New in Version 2.2.4

Fixed the issue with the speech engine where the speech license would not download correctly. This caused the speech engine to revert to demo mode and would speak random phrases instead of the required speech.

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.

 

5/5 stars

Great tool!

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Just got this and am really impressed! The reading is great and the ability to import other texts works well. In a future version (even an upgrade) how about adding sound?

4/5 stars

Excellent, but a little room for improvement

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This is a great app and worth the money for people learning Chinese. It saves tons of time moving back and forth between a text and a dictionary app if you are at a stage where you need to look up more than the occasional word. I appreciate that it's a universal iPhone/iPad app.

This app lets you paste in a chunk of Chinese text (simplified or traditional) and then it processes the text against a dictionary, breaking it into words which you can then touch for a pop-up definition. You can save your texts and even bookmark them.

It's very similar to the "Reader" function within the Pleco Chinese Dictionary app. I like this interface better than Pleco's, which looks too much like its original Palm incarnation. Pleco puts its definitions in a pop-up that covers part of the text you're reading and appears in different places on the page depending on where the word you touched is, while HanZi Reader puts the definitions in a separate box that doesn't move or overlap with your text).

HanZi Reader's formatting of the dictionary definitions is easier to read than Pleco's, with different definitions of on separate lines, rather than separated by slashes. But Pleco has the advantage of being tied into the rest of their feature-rich app. For example, Pleco can have multiple dictionaries installed which can all be accessed through their Reader, whereas HanZi Reader seems to use only the cc-cedict (which is not a bad dictionary by any means, but still).

HanZi Reader would be improved by allowing the user to change the automatic word segmentation (Pleco can allow you to define separately each character of a 2-character word). Even with its more limited features, I find reading in HanZi Reader to be a more pleasant experience than in Pleco.

5/5 stars

Great!

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Really awesome app! Totally saves my time trying to find the definitions for Chinese words in a dictionary and translations are pretty spot on for the most part. Excellent for helping me to learn Chinese songs. Would love it if in the next update, we could edit the texts we made instead of the only option of deleting it.

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