"The very best thing about the program is the instant translation feature. It is fabulous being able to zap through a text and look up all the words you don't know instantly. It's the equivalent of an earthbound snail learning to fly."
—Gesa Walker, Edinburgh

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—David Stanley, M.D.

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Chinese-English Translation Software

Our Chinese-English dictionary and translation software can help you translate Chinese texts on any topic into English. The program does not provide sentence-level translation. Rather, it assists with the translation task by providing one-click dictionary look-ups of individual Chinese characters and words in the original Chinese text. In addition, it can display lists of related Chinese words using the same character, which can be helpful in determining the correct English translation of a given Chinese character or compound word.

The program also includes a fully searchable Chinese-English, English-Chinese dictionary, which can searched by pinyin, radical, stroke order, or English. The dictionary offers concise English translations of Chinese words which both simplifies the translation task and makes it possible to view lists of related Chinese words in a convenient tabular format.

Clavis Sinica Chinese-English Translation Features:

  • Text Reader Window displays any Chinese text in clear, easy-to read format and provides one-click access to English translation of any Chinese character, word, or phrase.
  • Chinese-English, English-Chinese dictionary of more than 37,000 entries includes over 4,000 characters and over 33,000 multi-character compound words, phrases, and idioms.
  • Dictionary records for all entries include pinyin romanization(s) and concise English definition(s). For characters they also include stroke count, wuhua stroke order, radical and phonetic parts, frequency indicator, and (for 500 of the most common characters) etymological explanations.
  • Powerful search functions permit searching the Chinese dictionary by character or compound pinyin, radical number, number and/or order of strokes, or English word or phrase
  • Character Information Window provides helpful lexical and usage frequency information for each character, and breaks characters into radical and phonetic parts for ease in learning
  • Compound Window lists all compounds and phrases using any given character in any position
  • Customization features allow user to add any number of new characters and compounds to the program dictionary as well as to edit existing entries