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By Pleco, Inc.
Price: FREE Rated: ★★★★★ OS Compatibility:
Pleco is one of the most popular Chinese-English dictionaries in the app stores. The app features a clean, fairly intuitive, easy-to-use design. In the same search bar, you can type either pinyin for Chinese phrases, or English words. The app is smart and immediately ranks the most commonly used and searched for phrases at the top.
Pleco is also endorsed by polyglot Benny Lewis, founder of the largest language blog, Fluent in 3 months, who used it constantly during his trip to Taiwan. One of the most useful features of Pleco is the “Clipboard Reader” feature. You can copy and paste any text you see online into the feature. Just tap on the word you’re not sure about, and the translation will appear, along with the pinyin.
Pleco has a “handwriting feature” which allows you to draw characters in order to look them up. This feature is not free for iOS users as it comes as an additional cost for this add-on, although iOS users can take advantage of the native handwriting input keyboard. This said Pleco feature is free for Android users.
The OCR (optical character recognition) feature is another add-on feature Pleco. This allows you to use your phone’s camera to scan over Chinese text, like a menu for example. The app will recognize characters via the camera and define them for you.
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