LinguaBrowse is the ultimate web browser for reading foreign-language native materials. It assists in the study of 30+ languages, with special support for English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and German (see full list at end of description).

It offers the following tools:

• TAP-TO-DEFINE: Look up word definitions in a popup dictionary with a single tap.

• DICTIONARIES FOR YOU: LinguaBrowse supports 900 different dictionaries, both bilingual (e.g. English→French and French→English) and monolingual (English→English and French→French).

• TAP-TO-SPEAK: Hear how words sound (via text-to-speech) with a single tap.

• VOCABULARY LIST: Automatically build a vocabulary list of any words you find yourself needing to define.

• TRANSCRIPTIONS: See how to pronounce words, for languages that don't use Roman characters (eg. Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Russian, and more).

• DEFINE SUB-WORDS: For compound words (eg. German compound nouns), define any sub-word. Disclaimer: may not work in all cases.

• NORMALISE FORM: Look up the definition for a word either as-is, or via its dictionary form (where available) for more reliable results.

You can also show/hide transcriptions (to test your comprehension), adjust text size (eg. if Chinese characters are too small), and disable links (to define words embedded in a link). Web pages visited in Safari can also be shared directly to LinguaBrowse.


You can study any of the following languages with LinguaBrowse:

• Arabic
• Bulgarian
• Chinese (simp)
• Chinese (trad)
• Croatian
• Czech
• Danish
• Dutch
• English
• Finnish
• French
• German
• Hindi
• Greek
• Hebrew
• Hungarian
• Icelandic
• Italian
• Japanese
• Korean
• Norwegian Bokmål
• Polish
• Portuguese
• Romanian
• Russian
• Slovak
• Spanish
• Swedish
• Thai
• Turkish
• Ukrainian
• Vietnamese


• Visit the "Support URL" to get in contact about bugs/feature requests via Twitter (or just tag @LinguaBrowse in a tweet).
• Visit the "App Support" URL to see documentation on how to configure LinguaBrowse correctly for your language of choice.


"Living in a foreign country and doing plenty of reading in my second language is quite challenging for me, but this app has helped me a lot from menu to newspaper reading..." – yqiiil

"This is a great app. I've been looking for something like this for my phone to keep up on my Chinese reading comp. It's so convenient to have the pinyin on for words I have forgotten!" – phebebaba

• The App Store® screenshots show Wikipedia webpages, which are licensed under CC BY-SA:
• The App Store® screenshots and App Preview demonstrate lookup of Japanese via Usage of this website is given with permission by Kim Ahlström; details of the licensing for its content can be found at:
• The App Store® screenshots and App Preview demonstrate lookup of French words via, in accordance with their Terms and Conditions ( Content in the screenshot is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (
• To see usage licences for the LinguaBrowse logo, visit the "Developer Website" URL.
• For software licences, visit the 'Licenses' page in-app.

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What’s New

Version 3.1.2

Added support for Vietnamese!

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

jesuies ,

Perpect app to learn Japanese Yomigata

Thank you James for your uber-fast feedback. After the latest update (6.01?) the app works perfectly fine. I want to delete my previous comment but don’t know how to do so.

I would like to recommend this app for Japanese intermediate learners who want to improve yomigata reading. I am personally fluent in understanding the meaning of Chinese characters (kanji) and Japanese verbs but mostly not aware of their pronounciation (yomigata). There are a couple of desktop plugins that offers yomigata with dictionary function. But in the app store (iOS,) this one is the only one that offers such features.

Developer Response ,

Hi jesuies! Sorry for the delay – I didn't receive a notification of the review. Thank you very much for reporting this!

I've received a crash report (likely from you, although it doesn't show me who sent it) and have just looked through it. I think I can see a way that any users who signed in using phone-based sign-in, rather than email-based sign-in, might receive a crash on startup due to a change made in v3.0.1 to the start-up flow. I'm pushing a fix now in v3.0.2; once that's been through review (usually goes through in about 48 hours), please do try it! Really sorry for the inconvenience, but thank you for reporting the issue before it affected more users!

Once v3.0.2 comes out, please do tell me whether it fixes things!

Also: as a workaround for v3.0.1, I believe you can uninstall and re-install LinguaBrowse, and re-do the phone-based sign-in and it'll work until the next time LinguaBrowse asks you to log in (which will simply be the next time it re-opens); or alternatively, switch to email-based sign-in if you'd prefer. Again, sorry for the trouble!

boxofkittens13 ,


Thanks for responding and allowing those who purchased the app before the subscription model was implemented to continue using the app. Your update fixed this problem, so I’ve changed my rating accordingly.

Developer Response ,

Hi boxofkittens13,

Thank you for purchasing the In-App Purchase for removing the advert banner and supporting LinguaBrowse before it converted to a subscription model.

Sorry for not responding sooner; I did not receive notification of this review at the time. I've just updated LinguaBrowse to permit access for users who have previously purchased the ad banner removal IAP. The feature should be active as of LinguaBrowse v2.1.1. Could you please confirm whether it works (using the account with which you purchased that IAP)? I have no way to test it, as the IAP is no longer purchasable.

EDIT: Thank you for the updated review! :)

phebebaba ,

So helpful!

This is a great app. I've been looking for something like this for my phone to keep up on my Chinese reading comp. It's so convenient to have the pinyin on for words I have forgotten!

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James Birch
206.7 MB

Requires iOS 13.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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