It’s easy to look up Chinese or English words in the nciku iPhone and iPad Dictionary - just enter the word into the search bar at the top of the screen.
There are 4 search modes:
After you’ve looked up a word, you can also select a word or character in its definition or an example and tap “lookup” to quickly see the meaning of that word, or see a list of words containing a character or component characters in a Chinese word.
Once you find the word you’re looking for in the results list, tap on it to see more information including all meanings and linked examples, its Traditional Chinese form, and links to other related entries.
You can also tap the speaker icon after the word or an example to listen to audio pronunciation of that word, or click the 字 icon on a Chinese entry’s detail page to see stroke order animations for every character in the word.
This version of the nciku dictionary lets you use the famous nciku Chinese character handwriting tool to enter characters you don't know how to type. It’s designed to cope well with the typical mistakes made by learners, like stroke order and direction.
The handwriting tool needs to connect to nciku’s servers to work, so you will need an active internet connection to use this feature.
When you look up a word in the dictionary, it will automatically be added to a list of recently viewed words.
You can tap on the circular icons on the left to change a word’s memorization status, or swipe from right to left to delete a word from your list.
You can take three types of memorization tests on words in your vocabulary list:
For each test type, you can choose whether to go from Chinese to English or vice versa, and whether to choose words randomly or make words with a lower memorization level appear more often. You can also change whether to change the memorization level of a word based on whether you got the answer right or wrong.