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Is there an Android app that pressing on words translates them?

I found this popup browser dictionary: Zhongwen: Chinese-English Dictionary. Hovering the mouse over a character, it displays the translation and the pinyin: Is there an app that gives this easy ...
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五笔字型 practicing Apps?

I've recently gotten into the 五笔86 input method and I am wondering if there are any apps on the computer I can use to practice typing so I can get quick with it. I have a Mac and I've looked for a few ...
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Examples of correct and incorrect pinyin

Where to find an authoritative and/or verified list of examples for correct (and incorrect) Chinese to Pinyin conversions for words and sentences? I am specifically looking for corner cases when ...
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Where can I get brush stroke caligraphy fonts for traditional characters? [closed]

I need to print out characters written with obvious brush strokes, such as semi-cursive script (行書). Are there computer fonts (e.g. TrueType, OpenType) available for this purpose? The font must ...
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Which word processors and websites support vertical writing of Chinese?

I am aware of 好讀, which allows you to read Chinese novels displayed vertically. Is there a convenient (preferably free of charge) word processor if I wish to type a Chinese document vertically? ...
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Is there a way to discover unique word combinations from a list of characters?

I figured that it'd be more beneficial for me currently if I get a better grasp of the characters I already know rather than learning new ones, so I've compiled a list of all the characters I've ...
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Algorithm for finding names in Chinese texts

I am writing an application for extraction information from Chinese texts. One of the tasks is finding names (personal, geographical or something else). The algorithm is not required to find all 100% ...
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Fonts that compose Ideographic Description Characters into one character

Are there any fonts that try to compose Unicode Ideographic Description Characters into one character? E.g., ⿰女子 would look like 好. I know the Wikipedia page says "rendering systems are not intended ...
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Is Siri good for practicing Chinese pronunciation? [closed]

Is Siri really that good for Chinese pronunciation? I mean, there will be nothing like a native speaker. For example, when I say "Ní haô" or "Wò qù", it still says the expected characters. If Siri ...
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Can I use 现代汉语词典 outside of the paper dictionary?

现代汉语词典 seems to be the de facto standard for Chinese dictionaries. Some users here use it as well. But it seems only possible for the paper version. But I might miss something. Is it possible to use ...
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Has MS DOS ever been used in a Chinese-speaking country?

At the very beginning of the PC history most of these systems used a MDA or CGA graphic card which was able to display 256 characters in text mode. These characters were not programmable. So it was ...
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Is there any way to make a Chinese speech transcribed to written format?

Here is my situation: I have learned Mandarin mostly from reading news articles and chatting with friends, as well as reading a grammar book and memorizing vocabulary. That makes only my reading and ...
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Decent OCR for Chinese? [closed]

I used Pleco on iOS to recognize the characters in the table of contents of a book. The font was a simulation of handwriting, so I was quite surprised at better than ninety percent accuracy. Although, ...
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Character-component “spelling” software

I was just reading about China's problem with rare given names and the absence of them in computer databases? For example, there was an individual with the given name pronounced "cheng" composed of 马 ...
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Practicing pronunciation via app [closed]

I'm wondering what ways there are too practice permission without a teacher, e.g. with software. I often will speak into pleco and Google translate to see if it can recognize my Chinese. I think this ...
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What tool allows a fast translation from Chinese that is both scaleable and exportable?

I am currently limited and slowed down in my progress learning Chinese, that some times I read a text from my textbook and cannot identify a character, because I don't know its pronounciation. I don't ...
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meaning of the uninstallation sentence? [closed]

Please, what is the meaning of this sentence? is it chinese, right? I am truing to uninstall software OSToto to create a wifi hotspot. The software switched from English to Chinese by its own, and ...
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How can I convert Chinese characters sketched with my mouse, into computerised characters?

Are there any websites or resources analogous to Detextify for maths? Presently, I do not know (but desire to learn) how to type Chinese characters.
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Open source Sichuanese TTS (语音合成?)

There's a couple of iOS apps that support Sichuanese TTS (text-to-speech): 川话达人 语音合成助手 From what I can tell it's all from a company called 讯飞, but I'm not totally sure. Is there an open source ...
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Large List/DB of (Mandarin) Chinese Geographical Names and Entitites (for NER)

Is there a freely available list of geographical entities, like cities, provinces (in China and abroad), names of rivers, mountains, etc.? I am looking for something like GeoNames, but it doesn't ...
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Open Software Two-Line Add Pinyin To Characters

Is there any open software that adds a second line of pinyin to a line of characters? i.e.: converting “你好” to: nǐhǎo 你好 Converting to ni3hao3 would be fine to. Open, namely, so that I can tinker ...
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Can I type pinyin in Debian Linux?

I'm working on Debian Wheezy Linux. I've seen some posts using pinyin tone marks. I was wondering if I can do that in Linux (Debian Wheezy). How can I configure it?
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Best Android keyboard for inserting pinyin, simplified, and traditional characters [closed]

I am making a word list of Chinese words: Column 1: simplified Chinese word Column 2: traditional Chinese word Column 3: word meaning Column 4: pinyin pronunciation So, I am looking for a keyboard ...
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How to type chinese using an English keyboard?

I'm trying to learn the Chinese language using ChineseSkill for Android. There are some sections / steps within the lesson that ask me to translate the English sentence to Chinese, but I don't have a ...
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Google, “heavenly”/“original” and Baidu coordinates

I'm helping answer several questions on StackOverflow and GIS.SE regarding the unique coordinate system used in China, and its interaction with Baidu Maps. While trying to machine translate the Baidu ...
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新华字典 as CSV download available?

Here I can download the CC-CEDICT database, which backs the MDBG project's web site, as an CSV file. Personally, I am a fan of the great work of the MDBG project. Now, I am evaluating dictionaries ...
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Tool which can convert web pages from Hanzi to either Pinyin or Zhuyin Fuhao

Are there any tools that can convert an entire webpage from characters into either Pinyin or Zhuyin Fuhao? Ideally something like Google Translate. So perhaps a website where I enter the URL of the ...
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Where can I find sample Simplified Chinese mailing address data? [closed]

I need to populate a database with Simplified Chinese mailing addresses. Where can I find some test data? Edit Since I'm trying to work with these addresses in a computer program, it would be nice to ...
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Language Learning Software That Teaches Mechanics (Not Phrases)

I've tried out various language learning software (Rosetta Stone, Tell Me More, Transparent), and I've been severely disappointed by the fact that not one of them actually teaches you the LANGUAGE, ...
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How are versions and dates formatted?

I'm writing a program and need to know how dates, versions, time, and numbers are formatted in Chinese. Example (in English): Version 1.0.0 (Build 0) How would that look in Chinese?
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How does Wikipedia's simplified to traditional converter work?

The relationship between simplified and traditional characters can be a headache for organizations using both orthographies. "A number of surveys, such as [Xiandai 1986], have demonstrated that ...
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What software can check for grammar mistakes?

I need some software that can check the grammar of some Chinese passages. Are there any programs capable of identifying grammar problems? I'd prefer something for Linux, but other platforms would be ...
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Which fonts show the stroke order of all characters?

For academic purposes, I need to print out some pages of characters with stroke orders shown. Which computer fonts (e.g. TrueType or OpenType) are available which show the stroke order of each ...
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What etymology dictionaries are available?

What dictionaries (online, software-based or in paper form) explain the origins of a word and its evolution over time? E.g. how the character was once written, how the usage – and the meaning – ...
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Where can I find a downloadable database of English to Chinese words?

CC-CEDICT is a Chinese to English dictionary, available for use online or for download (as a data file here: http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=cc-cedict). What similar projects provide an ...
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What digital illustrated dictionaries are available?

What dictionaries are available that contain separate illustrations for most of the terms? I would prefer something in online or digital format.
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What software can correct pronunciation?

What software is available which can record my voice and warn me about problems with my pronunciation and tones?
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What software can detect the parts of speech of written text?

What software or online tools can detect the parts of speech in a piece of written text (e.g. to predict if a word is a verb, adjective, etc.)?