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.

App Privacy

The developer, Robert Phillips, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

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

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