The place to ask China-related questions!
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou Shenzhen Chengdu Xi'an Hangzhou Qingdao Dalian Suzhou Nanjing More Cities>>

Categories

Close
Welcome to eChinacities Answers! Please or register if you wish to join conversations or ask questions relating to life in China. For help, click here.
Posts: 430

Governor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Q: What's the best free Chinese-English translation app for iphone?

3 years 27 weeks ago in  Web & Technology - China

 
Answers (20)
Comments (4)
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

"English Chinese Translator with Voice for iPhone"

Yeah, that's the name of the app. I speak very badly Chinese, but when using simple phrasing, I believe it does the job as Chinese people can understand... even though it looks really akward. I'm still not used to that!

Report Abuse
3 years 27 weeks ago

Getting halp from moar and moar people is like spin-o-rama high-fiving new friends on answers.echinacities.com with a tip of the hat finishing move.

 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

IMHO it is a product called Pleco

Report Abuse
3 years 27 weeks ago
 
Posts: 458

Governor

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I use KT-Dict C-E and find it okay. The best part is that you don't need to be hooked up to 3G or wireless to use it. It's vocab database is slightly limited though.

Report Abuse
3 years 27 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

pleco

Report Abuse
3 years 27 weeks ago
 
Posts: 1988

Peasant

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Its more of a dictionary than a translation app, but I would also recommend Pleco. Its free, you can download extra dictionaries and it has a feature for Iphone 4 (still in beta) that lets you use the camera on it to look up characters in real life.

Report Abuse
3 years 26 weeks ago
 
Posts: 18

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Ditch the iPhone and get a Driod. Most app's are free and in my opinion better. Hanping is what I use. Its brilliant, I use it nearly everyday. And with the monthly or quarterly updates it's just getting better and better.

Report Abuse
2 years 9 hours ago
 
Posts: 22

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I met a guy in Hong Kong who talked into his phone in English and it repeated the same phrase in Chinese within two seconds. He said he has 16 languages and 8 industry dictionaries downloaded for $99 (steep but worth it). But now I can't find the scrap of paper I wrote the name of the app on. Does anyone know what program this is?

Report Abuse
1 year 51 weeks ago

I want to go to Happy Valley!

 
Posts: 7

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Absolutely Pleco. It's free but if you want to you can later add (buy) more dictionaries.

Report Abuse
1 year 30 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Pleco sucks butt. There's too many mistakes and mistranslations. Pleco is fine if you want simple words translated, but it fails at the more advanced or colloquial chinese. I personally like Nciku Online (NOT nciku which is slow and also sucks). Google Translate is also pretty good, but you need some basic level chinese to make sure it's translating correcting. 

Report Abuse
1 year 24 weeks ago
 
Posts: 18

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

I'm not sure about translating apps, but for all levels of vocab and even most phrases there's a pretty good dictionary that I also use alongside Pleco and it's called Jinshan (金山词霸). Sometimes it doesn't include Pinyin which is at times inconvenient but it almost always has a very good, Mainland translation of the words. I've heard from many Chinese friends that Pleco sometimes has old versions of words or the HK or Taiwan way of saying them...

Report Abuse
1 year 18 weeks ago
 
Posts: 6

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

use google translate

Report Abuse
1 year 18 weeks ago
 
Posts: 6

Minor Official

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

use google translate

Report Abuse
1 year 18 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Depends on if you want to learn some Chinese as well or just be lazy.

 

If you know some Chinese phrases and are looking for vocab filling (i.e. you want to buy a torch and don't know the word, but know how to ask for it) then I'd get K-Dict, it's free and works great with multiple words for explanation.

 

If you're lazy then get Google Translate, it works online only but can handle long sentences such as messages from your bank or the weather etc.

 

I personally use both, KDict for when I want to look up a single word and GT for when I'm translating a message and can't be bothered to work out what it says.

 

Some have recommended Pleco, this is great but it can get confusing sometimes if you're looking through all the definitions of a word. I'd get it and pay for the OCR which can use your phones camera to read a character/s on a newspaper, box, sign, wall, anywhere which is really useful in a restaurant that doesn't have pictures.

 

I'd stick away from most translators that claim to be free with advertising as they are just a front, they use Google's servers and push ads in your face, just get Google's native translator.

Report Abuse
1 year 18 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Pleco is reasonable good one for laowais to learning Chinese.   

Report Abuse
1 year 2 weeks ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Pleco is reasonable good one for laowais to learning Chinese.   

Report Abuse
1 year 2 weeks ago
 
Posts: 32

General

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Dian Hua is what I use, it's great. Really good for you to learn as well as translate on the spot, it has its own learning tools where you create your own test scores as well as giving you stroke by stroke of how to draw each character. 

Downside is you can't translate long sentences, it's more for words and phrases.

Report Abuse
41 weeks 2 days ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Youdou

Report Abuse
29 weeks 3 days ago
 
0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Waygo can translate almost every written text with the cam, it's actually quite good for beginners like me. 

Report Abuse
19 weeks 1 day ago
 
Posts: 12

Common folk

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

Try bing translator.

Report Abuse
6 weeks 7 hours ago
 
Posts: 58

Common folk

0
0
You must be a registered user to vote!
You must be a registered user to vote!
0

What about a translator that is good to use offline when there is not internet connections available. Any suggestions for an Android phone? I would like a voice to translation mode please.

dgz:

Baidu Translate has a function that allows you to download an offline pack. Works ok.

2 days 2 hours ago
Report Abuse
Report Abuse
2 days 4 hours ago
 
Know the answer ?
Please or register to post answer.

Report Abuse

Security Code: * Enter the text diplayed in the box below
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <img> <br> <p> <u>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Textual smileys will be replaced with graphical ones.

More information about formatting options

Forward Question

Answer of the DayMORE >>
A: Hear me out on this before calling me crazy - First of all, I am not p
A:Hear me out on this before calling me crazy - First of all, I am not praising the Chinese healthcare system. It is well-known that most doctors are unqualified (I work for a medical school and my boss estimates that 90% of doctors in the mainland are unqualified). Doctors regularly engage in overtreatment while running unnecessary tests and prescribing useless medicine. Antibiotics are grossly overprescribed and the the number of patients given unnecessary IV's is laughable.  These criticisms acknowledged, there is a certain efficiency in the system. When you need to see a doctor, there's no need to make an appointment. You go to the hospital, line up and within 20-30 minutes you can usually be seen by a doc. If tests are needed, you can quickly have the tests right then and there. Compare that to the systems in may western countries where you often have to wait lengthy periods of time to see a doctor. Then, when the doctor prescribes a test you have to wait an additional  time for that, it often takes longer to get the results and many doctors aren't even taking new patients in America due to the shortage of primary care physicians and certain specialists. I'm not saying the healthcare system in China is exemplary but it is efficient and generally meets the basic needs of a massive and mostly poor population in spite of its major shortcomings. It would be nice if doctors were more accessible in America at least.  -- dongbeiren