Newest Version 3.0
Welcome to Version 2.01 of the Speaking Chinese English Dictionary. There have been many major revisions in this program. This program is being distributed for beta-testing at this time.
My specific concerns regard the accuracy of my English to Chinese translation as it has been performed for the most part using Systran. The medical phrases have been confirmed by a native Chinese speaker.
The Chinese-English dictionary is entirely based on the ADSO database. Chinese and English pronunciation is entirely computer generated using Microsoft SAPI 5.1. In addition a fairly complete English dictionary is included. When an English search term is entered, one may search for a Chinese-Pinyin translation, obtain an English definition or perform both functions at once. Numbered Pinyin and Simplified Chinese may be searched for in the adso database. The Pinyin drop-down menu displays all possible combinations of single characters. The Simplified Chinese drop-down box will display all possible characters for each numbered Pinyin entry. All selected text may be pronounced. All buttons and controls have instructional tooltips as well.
The System Requirements are fairly modest:
1. Windows XP
The following features are available:
1. Compact tabbed interface.
2. English single word translation into pinyin and Simplified Chinese (ADSO)
3. English definitions.
4. Search functions in English. pinyin and Simplified Chinese. *
5. Simplified Chinese characters for each pinyin representation.
6. Simplified and pinyin word concatenation.
7. Pronunciation of selected English and Simplified Chinese.
8. Duplicated menus, buttons, tooltips and context help
9. Help functions included a detailed Acrobat file, detailed installation and internationalization instructions and pinyin pronunciation rules.
10. Chinese-pinyin-English phrase database, including extensive medical historical information, Chinese, shopping, time, money, numbers, travel, business, weather, restaurant, love, insults and other useful phrases. All phrases may be saved. **
11. Interactive Conversational Topics. ***
12. Speech recognition and practice exercise.
13 Web functions include the translation of English and Simplifed Chinese pages using Systran on Altavista's Babelfish, transliteration of Simplified Chinese into pinyin,
14. Links to Chinese television and radio stations. Links to US XM-type radio stations. +
15. Medication and medical dictionary inter-translation. The results may be saved.
16. Optical Character Recognition in English only at this time.
17. Reading and pronunciation utility.
18. Any pronunciation can now be saved to a wav file and converted to an mp3.
* These are the search options (English, pinyin and Chinese) First Word and First occurrence returns the first single hit with the term being the first word. Any word, first occurrence returns the first hit with the term anywhere. First occurrence all words returns all items containing the search term as the first word. (This may return many hits.) Any word, any occurrence returns all occurrence with search term anywhere. (This will return many hits usually.)
** The major utility of this section is, in my opinion, the medical phrases. In China I didn't find a single physician that spoke any English. These terms should assist a visitor's ability to communicate important information. This is complimented by the medication listings to relate your personal medications and any allergies. There is an extensive medical dictionary of terms that can supplement most other medical conditions (below). The medical phrases were confirmed and corrected by a native Chinese speaker. I cannot personally attest to the accuracy of any of these phrases. The other phrases (except the insults which were found on the Internet) are machine translated and there are likely inaccuracies at this juncture.
*** This feature is quite useful to learn conversational Chinese. It includes: introduction sections, family, work, addresses, where from, general learning, understand Chinese?, job, time, date, weather, exchange money, eating duck, ask directions, shopping, guest in a home, talking to doctor, taxi, barber, telephone calls, riding a bicycle, sports, school and studies, drinking tea and visiting someone in the hospital. Some of it is redundant.
+ This feature entirely depends on the availability of the Chinese radio steaming stations. The list and links are from http://www.multilingualbooks.com. There are radio and TV stations from PRC, Taiwan & Hong Kong, thus Mandarin and Cantonese. The English stations are basically XM radio from all over the US. To listen and view all of the stations, you will need to have Windows Media Player, Real Audio and Winamp installed. The links are provided.