Hanping Chinese Dictionary Pro (Google Play Store link) now supports in-app purchases for the excellent ABC Chinese-English and ABC English-Chinese dictionaries. These provide very useful example sentences as well as grammatical information one would expect from a professional dictionary. Furthermore, they include both Simplified & Traditional characters as well as Pinyin/Zhuyin pronunciation. Both of these dictionaries are intelligently integrated into Hanping Pro. For example, when you search for a Chinese word, Hanping will search the ABC Chinese-English & CC-CEDICT dictionary, and then merge the results (filtering out duplicates). No need to cycle through dictionaries, because Hanping does all the hard work for you!
Also, when you do sentence decomposition (i.e. pasting longer Chinese text into the search box), Hanping will break the text down into words by using all of your Chinese dictionaries (not just one). This is important because even though there are twice as many words in ABC Chinese-English as CC-CEDICT, the latter still contains some words not in ABC.
We will be adding more functionality in the near future to make these dictionaries even more useful!
Purchasing the ABC dictionaries is done from within the Hanping Pro app:
- From the main screen, tap the top-left hamburger icon (or swipe in from the left edge) to reveal the navigation menu
- Tap Add-ons
- Here, you will see the ABC Chinese-English and ABC English-Chinese add-ons as well as tabs for the other types of add-ons like audio and stroke animations
Because purchases are made through the Google Play Store, the same issues regarding China/Taiwan exist. Generally this is overcome by making a sim swap. Please read this for more info.
Once you have purchased an ABC dictionary, it will be forever tied to your Google account. This means, if you have multiple devices (maybe a smartphone and a tablet) all running Google Play Store and all logged into using your Google account, then all will be able to use that ABC dictionary. At the moment, the ABC dictionaries are not available to non-Google Play devices (such as the Kindle Fire), but we are looking to improve on this in future.
Please read this for details of all the abbreviations used within the ABC dictionaries.
ABC Chinese-English Dictionary: 14.95USD*
This dictionary has about twice as many Chinese headwords as the built-in CC-CEDICT dictionary. It is particularly useful if you want to know how to use Chinese words, rather than just get an idea of their meaning.
Over 200,000 Chinese headwords including Simplified & Traditional characters as well as Pinyin/Zhuyin pronunciation
A total of over 10,000 example sentences including Simplified & Traditional forms and Pinyin/Zhuyin pronunciation
Grammatical information such as Part of Speech and Measure Words
Dictionary can be searched by Chinese characters (Simplified & Traditional) or Pinyin but not by English
ABC English-Chinese Dictionary: 7.95USD*
This dictionary makes a huge difference if you often search for English words. The problem with the built-in CC-CEDICT dictionary is that the English index is auto-generated from the definitions. Therefore, many not-so-well-known English terms are missing. ABC English-Chinese Dictionary changes all that because it’s primary index is English! As an example, searching for the word ‘vintage’ yields no results with CC-CEDICT, but three results (‘vintage’, ‘vintages’ and ‘vintage car’) with the ABC English-Chinese dictionary.
Over 62,000 English headwords
A total of over 7,000 example sentences including Simplified & Traditional forms and Pinyin/Zhuyin pronunciation
Grammatical information such as Part of Speech
Dictionary can be searched by English but not by Chinese characters or Pinyin
* Actual price may vary according to currency fluctuations and price-rounding