If you are learning Chinese and use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to surf the web, this browser extension will make your life a lot easier.
Chrome and Mozilla browser extensions to translate and learn Chinese
For Chrome browsers follow this link. This is what the description says about the Zhongwen pop-up dictionary:
- Look up more than 100,000 words an expressions while reading
- Chinese web sites just by pointing at the words with your mouse
- Includes links to grammar and usage notes for more than 400 keywords
- Skritter users can add new words to their study list with a simple keystroke
- Save words to a built-in word list
- Create Anki flashcards by importing the text file exported from the built-in word list
The Zhongwen Chinese-English Dictionary is also available for Mozilla Firefox.
Save your word list
You can actually save words you translated by pressing “r” when you hoover over the character(s) and the dictionary screen appears. It allows you to save your world list and import it into Anki and other apps to learn the new vocabulary.
It’s an useful extension, though Pleco‘s clipboard reader allows you to do the same on your mobile phone which is and will continue to be the most popular way to surf the internet. Just copy the text, read and look up words as you go along.
This what other people think about the pop-up dictionary:
I use this add on with my language studies to help quite a lot. It’s really helpful. Thanks a bunch for it!Firefox-user
This add-on is quite handy for language learners trying to navigate the Internet in Chinese. I appreciate that there are options for both traditional and simplified characters, as well as different ways of rendering Mandarin pinyin. And it just got handier; I’m excited to see that support for Cantonese has been added in version 2.1!Firefox-user
If you want to test the extension for yourself on some of the most visited Chinese websites, have a look at this top 50 of popular Chinese websites. It can make booking a Chinese train ticket or online shopping on Taobao a lot easier.