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

Version 2.2.4

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

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
2 Ratings

2 Ratings

wonderbu ,

Very good

Easy to use and help my reading tremendously. Two things stopped me from giving it 5 stars. First, the ability to pick out words from the texts and put into a favourite list for learning later. Second, the possibility of adding much longer text. Aside from these, this app is very useful for improving one's Chinese reading. I recommend it highly.

Hailstrum ,


This has easily become my favourite app. Having been learning Chinese for 2 years this is exactly what I was hoping to find for my iPod. Thank you so much to the developer for his amazing work in bringing this idea to reality.

I tried reading Chinese books, but translating the numerous words I hadn't learnt yet was arduous to say the least, and meant enjoyment was virtually impossible. Now thanks to this app I'm swiftly reading an interesting sci-fi novel and effortlessly learning many words as I read.

I can't recommend this highly enough for anyone with an interest in Chinese.

Avbit ,


The work that has gone into making this app as good as this can only be imagined. Everything is designed to make learning to read Chinese as easy as possible. I especially like the way that once the initial translation has been done there is no waiting for individual characters to be translated thus allowing the stories to flow as fast or slow as you want.


Robert Phillips
146.7 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Frequent/Intense Profanity or Crude Humour
In-App Purchases
  1. NeoSpeech Text-to-Speech £5.99


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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