Easy to use and fast Chinese-English 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.

Detailed features (* Requires single, one-time in-app purchase):

Search: Includes the data of the renowned CC-CEDICT dictionary with over 115,000 entries. Search using English, 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 iOS 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.

Acknowledgments: KTdict C-E includes the data of CC-CEDICT (, license at, the Unihan database (terms-of-use: and the Tesseract Open Source OCR engine (, license at

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What’s New

Version 3.2.2

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
711 Ratings

711 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.

Big Saturday ,

Nicely Organized

This is a well organized dictionary and it's obvious a lot of work and thought went into it.
Lots of clear display options greatly assist learning written Chinese, which is a highly visual written language. The program readily accepts Chinese characters, pinyin, or English.
Audio pronunciation is also included and is accurate. The exceptional advantage to all these features is that they are all available within the program; no online access is required. Well done.

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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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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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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