KTdict Chinese Dictionary 12+

OCR, Flashcards, Trainer

Klaus Thul

    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Includes dictionaries for Chinese-English, Chinese-French and Chinese-German. Runs on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Easy to use and fast Chinese dictionary with reader, OCR and flashcards. Perfect tool for your study of the Chinese language or your visit to China. No subscription and no internet connection required. Runs on iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.

Detailed features:

Search: Includes the data of the CC-CEDIT, HanDeDict and CFDict dictionaries with over 100,000 entries each. Search using English/German/French, Chinese characters and Hanyu Pinyin. Use Chinese handwriting recognition or voice input of iOS to enter Chinese easily.

Reader: Import Chinese texts and get with a single tap translations of unknown words and characters.

OCR: Take pictures of printed Chinese texts and use optical character recognition to help with translation.

Flashcards: Add words from the dictionary to vocabulary lists and share them across your Apple devices with iCloud. Import vocabulary lists from .csv files (e. g. Numbers or EXCEL).

Trainer: Learn vocabulary from the dictionary as well as self-entered words. Build on the Leitner system, the flashcard trainer helps you maintaining steady study habits by creating daily learning sets.

Flashcards and trainer require a single, one-time in-app purchase. Reader and OCR are not available on Apple Watch.

Acknowledgments: KTdict C-E includes the data of CC-CEDICT (http://cc-cedict.org), HanDeDict (https://handedict.zydeo.net/), CFDict (https://chine.in/mandarin/dictionnaire/CFDICT/) and the Unihan database (https://www.unicode.org/charts/unihan.html).

Please contact us at ktdict@icloud.com with any questions or inputs.

What’s New

Version 4.3.1


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

macstermind ,

Best app for Chinese

My favorite is the reader, better than Pleco. Get the premium version it’s worth it. You can even select different font styles and have the choice of mainland, TW, HK for voice reading. Also character reference on the side of the reading pane and can add words to flash card practice. Characters are large. I will say that the character photo scanner didn’t work force the first time I tried but I haven’t tried again. If they had a stroke order or practice function for learning to write this would be even better.

silvertogold ,

Rare app

Only a few apps out there that allow you to write a character that you don’t know and allow you to find it after you draw it. Definitions comes out right away. Also has a speaker function that pronounces the character. On top of that it has function that draws the correct stroke order and how it looks like in calligraphy. Great app.+++

Bram Lambrus ,

Stellar free app

This app is incredibly helpful for offline translation - I have a decent foundation in Chinese but weak vocabulary, and use this app to find the right phrase for chatting with my family when I visit China. Really helpful that it translates both ways, navigates smoothly, and looks good. Only recommendation would be to help identify the more commonly used phrases, as some of the listed translations are more archaic.

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App Privacy

The developer, Klaus Thul, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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