nciku Chinese Dictionary by Beijing DFHL Company (Universal)
Released: Jan 24, 2010
Version: 3.4
Size: 133 MB
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nciku Chinese Dictionary

Beijing DFHL Company
[ This app is no longer available for download ]

The nciku Chinese dictionary lets you look up Chinese and English words to see translations, pinyin, examples and stroke order animations, as well as listen to audio pronunciations of words and examples.

Features include:

* Over 163,000 entries, including 76,000 Chinese and 77,000 English words and phrases. Over 35,000 of our Chinese definitions for English words also have matching English definitions, to help you see which translation corresponds to which meaning of a word. If the word you're looking for isn't in our app, you can connect to's online database of over 3 million entries.

* Search for an English or Chinese word, its meaning or (for Chinese words) its pinyin, or do an example search to find all examples containing that word. Or use our new Sentence Mode to paste a Chinese or English sentence then tap on a word to see its meaning.

* Native-speaker audio recordings for over 50,000 Chinese and 25,000 English entries, and TTS recordings of all Chinese and English examples and their pronunciations [audio pronunciation requires internet connection]

* Stroke order animations and definitions for all Chinese characters in a word, or links to longer words containing a single character.

* Use the nciku Handwriting tool to draw Chinese characters you don’t recognize with your finger [needs an internet connection]

* Use flashcards and multiple-choice quizzes to test yourself on words you've looked up or vocabulary from the HSK and CET exams.

* Offline application: except for the handwriting and audio pronunciation as noted above, the app doesn't require an internet connection to use

* Compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices
* Any feedback please send to

What's new in version 3.4
Fixed some bugs which were added in the previous upgrade:

- Traditional Chinese searches now work again

- Fixed problems with the keyboard and handwriting input on the iPad

- Also added support for the iPhone 5 screen

Version 3.4 added Chinese and English OCR, letting you look up Chinese text using your camera or saved photos
Our verdict: Meh!
  • nciku Chinese Dictionary is a poorly rated app (2.5-star).
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