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I use CantoDict when I am looking for a traditional Chinese character. I use English for searching and Jyutping for confirmation. Sure I can use google translate to turn my English sentences into traditional Chinese but the translation may not be perfect.

 

For example I type 'year' for the English Meaning and I have a whole list of common words/phrases linked to the new year such as 羊年.

 

http://www.cantonese.sheik.co.uk/scripts/wordsearch.php

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I really like Cantonese Sheik's CantoDict as it is one of the few that show both the jyutping and the pin yin at the same time.

 

On iPhone I like to use Qingwen - you can look up a word in English -> Chinese and it will show the Traditional and Simplified version, and also there is a button to get it to 'speak' either Cantonese or Mandarin. Great for learning both languages!

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Even though Google Translate's not perfect, I still find it is the easiest interface to use and access while on the move. When I'm offline, I use 我的人肉字典 - 老婆... LOL! ;)

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Ok.... I bought this (on google for <$4 CAD) and I thought it was pretty good. You need to buy it for the PRO version which has Cantonese; otherwise, it's only Mandarin.

http://itranslatevoice.com/

the best part is that it can do Cantonese to Mandarin (or any other language) and vice versa... from English to Cantonese etc... a lot of languages.

I wanted it for Cantonese specifically; and specifically the pronunciation. It does the translations of single and double words pretty well - and sentences so so from English to Chinese... worse from Chinese to English (it's also very literal)... but it's understandable...

Still a good addition IMO for the Cantonese part and thought I'd share.

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So it appears my favourite Cantonese/Mandarin app Qingwen is no longer updated which is a shame.

 

I've moved on back to Pleco for now and it does a fantastic job. Just remember to enable Cantonese in the settings. You can find any Chinese word and have the Cantonese/Mandarin playback in audio as well.

 

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