DianHua Dictionary is a Chinese English dictionary for iOS. Using data from the CC-CEDICT project, DianHua Dictionary provides search support for English, Mandarin Pinyin (with or without tones), Traditional Characters, Simplified Characters, and mixed searches consisting of any combination of the above.

Other features of DianHua Dictionary include:

- Search History: All search terms entered into the Search field are stored in your Search History. Touch any term in the list to see the results.

- Bookmarks: Arrange all of the words you are studying into a nested hierarchy of Folders.

- Writing Practice: Under the Study tab, you can practice typing or writing characters using any of the iPhone's Simplified or Traditional keyboards, including the character drawing keyboards. Choose whether you want to see Pinyin and/or English for the prompt and draw or type the appropriate Chinese character into the box provided.

- Flashcards: Select any combination of Traditional, Simplified, English, and Pinyin for the Front and Back of the cards and grade your confidence in your answer. If you choose to use the Difficulty sorting algorithm, more difficult words will be shown more often than words you tend to answer correctly.

- Numbers: Convert numeric entries to Simplified and/or Traditional variants including their Banking equivalents. Touch the audio icon to hear arbitrary numbers spoken.

- Search from your browser, sync between multiple devices, export, and import data.

What’s New

Version 4.0.6

iOS 11 compatibility

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

C Jenkins ,

Great App for Students, Now More than Ever

Thank you for this fantastic app. Problems I mentioned in an earlier version of this review have been corrected in one way or another: The tops of the characters on the results list are no longer cut off, plus the size of their display is controllable so we can better see their strokes--wonderful! The program still always starts up in English search mode, regardless of whether the user normally looks up Chinese, but now a search for hanzi will proceed normally even the program is in English search mode, so this is not a problem. This is a tool every Chinese language students should have, because it will do the same job as stand-alone electronic dictionaries which cost hundreds of dollars--and it is free!

gelliebean ,

Great start!

I'm so glad this app is out and free! Overall, it's great, but there are a few things that will make this a 5 star app for me. Like another reviewer said, the tops of the Chinese characters are cut off. Another issue is the translation from Chinese to English. The dictionary doesn't give the best, most straight-forward translation in the first few choices given and the actual translation I'm looking for is usually hidden somewhere toward the end. "Dian hua", for example, should very logically point to "telephone", but the first half of the choices are all longer phrases with "dian hua" in it. The app also doesn't seem to recognize pinyin without the tone markings, so I have to search "dian4 hua4" rather than just "dian hua", which most other translation software can deal with. Overall, a great job, and I look forward to updates that correct these issues!

林德 ,

Awesome reference and Chinese-learing tool

Awesome app!!! Bought the audio-module just to support development. Combined with iPhone international keyboards, you can enter English, Pinyin, Chinese (via pinyin kbd) or draw characters. The most useful to me is entering two-syllable pinyin without tone after hearing a spoken word (e.g. lian xi). Adding tone (e.g. lian2) helps to restrict alternatives when looking up single chars. Bookmark to save words looked up (I create a folder per day), then review or use the flashcard feature to practice. The large display to trace characters is useful to show characters to others. Works off-line. Recommend setting Chinese char size to "giant" via settings.


Jason Koeninger
123.8 MB

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



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
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