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Q: Any recommendations for an electronic dictionary?

I have intended to buy an electronic dictionary since I arrived but I have no idea which one to buy. The ones I tried seem quite expensive or hard to use or both. I was looking at the Erbaiwu model but something told me I should avoid that brand. Do you use one? Which one? I'm going back for the summer so it need not be on Taobao. Please? There, I said please. Thanks!

7 years 23 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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If  you have an android phone download google translate and its free.

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Google translate works well on your smart phone...as long as you have wifi or can get a data signal.  For me, I can't get a data signal to save my life anywhere in China.  It's a locked Verizon iPhone, so I can't use a local sim card without jailbreaking it (Sain't Happenin').  So I downloaded Pleco for my iPhone.  Works pretty well I think, and has a cool add-on feature where you can use the camera to scan Chinese characters you might not know.

 

PS - Is there really an Erbaiwu model dictionary?  You know what that means, right?  Hint, not 250....

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I've used my iPhone as a dictionary for the last 3 years. I've got a few different translators/dictionaries, but the ones I use most are Dianhua audio (cost about $5 - there's a non-audio version which I think is free), and the Lonely Planet phrasebook (again, about $5 - but well worth it! It's got a strong Beijing accent, but has the usual useful phrases... it's not as extensive as the hardcopy, but still well worth it for the very low price!!!) CC-Edit is also good!

 

Otherwise, you can always look online for multi-lingual dictionaries... why have just 1 language, when for a bit more, you can have the world at your fingertips...

 

But, in all honesty, with technology being the way it is - I'd just stick with a smart-phone! I mean, really, what's going to be the difference between a dedicated dictionary, and a phone-based one? Other than having to carry an additional thing around in your pocket (and the price....Tongue)

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There are several good dictionaries available on the apple store.

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i use hanping chinese and trainchinese, 2 apps from android market, free, dont require internet connection

 

highly recommended. no need to buy another device for the same use...

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Ok, thank you thank you thank you. Does anyone use one of those stand-alone translators? I'm too old, I only use my super cool touch screen Android super duper phone for calls and text.
LOL angel I won't touch an Apple anything because I can't use a microSD in them so an Apple to me is like a very cool black or white brick. But that's good info for Apple users.

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Don't buy one. I did, and never used it. Don't really need one, I just go online. It's just another device that you could easily go without.

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Don't bother with them and especially don't bother with the ones that 'speak', I have heard drunken monkeys with better pronunciation!

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I know you don't like Apple but instead of a dictionary what about getting the cheapest version of a Ipod Touch. That's what I did and it worked great. You can get Pleco, Kdict and Nciku (which has the writing tool) and it's way cheaper than a electronic dictionary. If you are only using it for a dictionary the other software shouldnt matter too much....

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get a Besta type , it's the best electronic dictionary you can ever own, it contain 13 different languages, and a lot of different dictionaries, plus you can listen to music and watch movies of your kind and do more with it. first-hand cost about 800 RMB above while second hand cost at least 500 RMB, I tell you this its very helpful anywhere you go especially in class and when shopping.

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Pleco rules.

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They are awful. I wanted to find limes in the market, used the electronic dictionary and showed the lady selling fruit. She directed me to a builders merchants.

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There's an android app called Hanping Chinese.  It's one of the best I've found and I used it a lot while I was at Uni. But the absolute best is Youdao 有道, but you have to have internet access for it to be any good. The PC version is much better.  I hardly use my phone so I don't have 3G.If you 3G then I would say Youdao is probably the best.

 Don't buy an electronic dictionary, it's a waste of money what will all the phone apps there are now.  

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let me see 1000 - 2000 for a good elect dictionary, buy an android phone (hk version). 

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let me see 1000 - 2000 for a good elect dictionary, buy an android phone (hk version). 

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