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  • March 30, 2013: The character stroke animations no longer require Java, read this page for more information.
  • October 14, 2011: The translation page has a new look, read this page for more information.
  • May 5, 2011: The MDBG dictionary website has a new and improved user interface, read this page for more information!
  • August 24, 2010: Looking for an easy to use offline Chinese-English dictionary for Apple Mac OS X? Try our new Apple Dictionary!
  • August 16, 2010: The HSK levels shown throughout the MDBG website have been updated to use the new 6 level revised HSK scheme.
  • March 10, 2010: All mirror websites have been removed. From now on the MDBG website will be available through a single URL: www.mdbg.net. Our new server infrastructure provides fast service for users from all over the world.
  • February 1, 2010: The Hong Kong mirror website (hk.mdbg.net) has been removed. Visitors from Asia are recommended to use the US mirror websites instead
  • January 14, 2010: Improved the user interface slightly.
  • July 29, 2009: Changed the user interface to make it less cluttered and more user friendly, or more information see this Facebook posting or this news page.
  • April 4, 2009: The Character Quiz and Flashcards now use HSK levels.
  • March 15, 2009: Improved speed for text annotation and sentence lookup.
  • March 12, 2009: Added mandarin pinyin tone colors " ma". Tone colors can help those who have trouble to remember the right tones for Chinese words. You can enable it using the āáǎàa tone marks option after performing a search. They are also featured in our offline dictionary application.
  • February 20, 2009: Updated the stroke animations, nearly doubling the amount of characters covered.
  • February 14, 2009: The Dutch mirror website (www.xuezhongwen.net) has been removed. Visitors from Europe are recommended to use the German mirror website (de.mdbg.net)
  • February 9, 2009: Added a font size switch, it only influences the size of Chinese characters in search results.
  • January 11, 2009: Vocabulary web feeds, learn Chinese while reading the latest news and your friend's blog posts.
  • December 21, 2008: As a little Christmas gift we would like to offer you a new feature: Character Decomposition. Please try it out by following this link and clicking the Character Decomposition icon on the left side of the result rows.
  • December 12, 2008: Added inline character lookups in the word dictionary results. Just click on the Hanzi in the result table and detailed information about the individual characters will appear inside the same result table. Word decomposition results are now also shown in the same result table.
  • November 25, 2008: MDBG released a new Microsoft Windows application called MDBG Chinese Reader, just glide your mouse over any Chinese text to get English translations!

This website

Welcome to the MDBG free online English to Chinese dictionary, the no. 1 Chinese study aid!

This website offers more than just a dictionary, it offers various tools such as: flashcards, quizzes, text annotation, Chinese text input and more. The MDBG dictionary is used in many schools and universities all over the world, discover why!

Help information is provided in the help page. Help links can be found in the dictionary pages which link directly to the related subject in the help page.


The background image contains this poem:

梅花 (王安石)


Plum blossom (Wang An Shi)

At a wall corner some plum trees grow;
Alone against cold white blossoms blow.
Aloof one knows they aren't the snow,
As faint through air soft fragrances flow.

Resources used by this website:


"書不盡言 言不盡意" - Confucius
"Let China sleep- for when she awakes, she will shake the world" - Napoleon Bonaparte
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Mirror statistics:
Totals since 21 October 2008: 四四五五六〇四七〇 page hits, 九八三七〇〇五九 visitors, 三六一五八〇七五五 dictionary queries
Totals yesterday, December 19, 2014 GMT: 一八九五五九 page hits, 九〇六七七 visitors, 一六一五三〇 dictionary queries

Tip: Pinyin can be entered with or without tone numbers, e.g. 'nihao' or 'ni3hao3'.
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