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THE BEST FREE
DICTIONARIES
FOR CHINESE
LEARNERS
Online Chinese
Dictionaries
MDBG
MDBG focuses on being a good reference for
Chinese learners by offering detailed
information about characters such as their
pronunciation, meaning, stroke order,
example sentences and more.
Bab.la
A good online dictionary and translator you
can use to translate from English to Chinese
and from Chinese to English.
Ichacha
It looks like a paper dictionary. When looking
up a word, you can see all its uses: from nouns
to verbs. A large selection of example
sentences is also provided.
Popup Chinese
Dictionaries
Zhongwen Chinese Popup
dictionary
Available as an extension in Chrome. Once
added, activate this popup dictionary by
clicking on its little logo in your toolbar. You’ll
then be ready to translate everything you want
just by hovering over words with your mouse!
Perapera Chinese Popup
Dictionary
Extension available both on Firefox and
Chrome. Whenever you meet a Chinese
character or word you don’t know, hover your
mouse over it and Perapera will translate it for
you.
Mobile Chinese
Dictionaries
Hanping (Android)
Hanping offers two versions: a Lite version
(free) and a Pro version (paid)
In addition to translations, word pronunciation
and an Anki flashcard export function, both
versions offer tools such as handwriting
recognition, multi-syllable audio recordings,
search-by-radicals, home screen widgets,
vertical zhuyin, and other useful extensions.
Pleco (iOS and Android)
A very popular mobile Chinese dictionary,
especially among iOS users.
Pleco has a large database in which you can
look up words, translations, synonyms,
pronunciation, stroke order, example
sentences and more. This application also
gives the users the option of adding licensed
Chinese dictionaries (for a fee) and a number
of extensions
My Chinese-English Dictionary (Android)
This free Chinese dictionary app is easy to use and
offers limited features. Look up translations and see
examples. Sometimes, that’s all we want in a Chinese
dictionary.
Learn Chinese with
Ninchanese
To read our full review of each dictionary and to
find the right dictionary for you, head to this blog
post:
https://ninchanese.com/blog/2016/05/26/best-
free-chinese-dictionaries/
Start now

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The Best Free Chinese dictionaries For Chinese Learners

  • 3. MDBG MDBG focuses on being a good reference for Chinese learners by offering detailed information about characters such as their pronunciation, meaning, stroke order, example sentences and more.
  • 4. Bab.la A good online dictionary and translator you can use to translate from English to Chinese and from Chinese to English.
  • 5. Ichacha It looks like a paper dictionary. When looking up a word, you can see all its uses: from nouns to verbs. A large selection of example sentences is also provided.
  • 7. Zhongwen Chinese Popup dictionary Available as an extension in Chrome. Once added, activate this popup dictionary by clicking on its little logo in your toolbar. You’ll then be ready to translate everything you want just by hovering over words with your mouse!
  • 8. Perapera Chinese Popup Dictionary Extension available both on Firefox and Chrome. Whenever you meet a Chinese character or word you don’t know, hover your mouse over it and Perapera will translate it for you.
  • 10. Hanping (Android) Hanping offers two versions: a Lite version (free) and a Pro version (paid) In addition to translations, word pronunciation and an Anki flashcard export function, both versions offer tools such as handwriting recognition, multi-syllable audio recordings, search-by-radicals, home screen widgets, vertical zhuyin, and other useful extensions.
  • 11. Pleco (iOS and Android) A very popular mobile Chinese dictionary, especially among iOS users. Pleco has a large database in which you can look up words, translations, synonyms, pronunciation, stroke order, example sentences and more. This application also gives the users the option of adding licensed Chinese dictionaries (for a fee) and a number of extensions
  • 12. My Chinese-English Dictionary (Android) This free Chinese dictionary app is easy to use and offers limited features. Look up translations and see examples. Sometimes, that’s all we want in a Chinese dictionary.
  • 13. Learn Chinese with Ninchanese To read our full review of each dictionary and to find the right dictionary for you, head to this blog post: https://ninchanese.com/blog/2016/05/26/best- free-chinese-dictionaries/ Start now