About this website
August 2, 2015
The MDBG website now also works on your phone, for more info see this facebook posting or news page
May 5, 2015
Tablet friendly handwriting Chinese input, Java is no longer required, more info: facebook posting or news page.
January 1, 2015
New look with a menu bar on the top of the screen, better support for tablets and new character component search functionality, read this Facebook posting or news page for more information
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.
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:
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
Tip: The character dictionary has hand writing instructions for many Chinese characters, a brush icon is shown in front of the character when these instructions are available, try clicking it.