Pleco Dictionary Users - Feedback
This is a question for anyone who uses the Pleco Dictionary. I use the Pleco Dictionary for the iPhone, the current dictionaries I've downloaded on Pleco are:
\"21st Century English-Chinese\"; \"ABC Chinese/English\"; \"ABC English/CHinese\"; \"Adsotrans Chinese-English\"; \"CC-CEDICT Chinese-English\"; \"LDC English-Chinese\".
I'm looking at buying 2 more dictionary add-ons for the pleco, but not sure if they are worth it and would like some feedback. Does anyone have use with the \"Cheng & Tsui E-C Business Lexicon\" dictionary? Or the \"Xiandai Hanyu Guifan Cidian\"? These dictionaries don't come cheap, so I'd like to get other's opinion's first if possible.
lechuanAugust 17, 2010, 08:18 PM
C&T useful for specialized business vocabulary. Otherwise you won't use it much. I got a bit of use out of it when looking up financial terms.
Guifan seems like a good C-C dictionary. I would recommend it if you can read characters or are learning. Even if you don't know all the characters you can send the definitions to the reader. I can't comment in great detail since my characters are quite limited.
lechuan, I've been using Pleco daily (can't study Chinese without it) and only after reading your post did I find the "Send entry to reader" function. So, I sent a definition to the reader, and then what do I do? What is the benefit of sending it to the reader? Sorry to be so dumb, but I use the dictionaries and the writing functions a LOT, but obviously not much else.
eupnea63355August 17, 2010, 09:45 PM
ouyangjun116, I am upper elementary, maybe edging into intermediate, and have just started using the GF which was included in my Pleco package. It takes time to translate the definition, but often gives me more specific meaning. It was economical to buy it from the start, but to add it on, I suppose it depends on your level of study.
I do end up adding a good many "custom entries" to my Pleco when I can find them on wiki, CPod or nciku. Many more modern terms, idioms, even current and historical figures.