"The very best thing about the program is the instant translation feature. It is fabulous being able to zap through a text and look up all the words you don't know instantly. It's the equivalent of an earthbound snail learning to fly."
—Gesa Walker, Edinburgh

"It's a great program, containing just about every option that a student could want."
—Steve Coffin

"I just wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful program. I've found it immensely useful so far. I especially like how easy it is to copy and paste text from the internet directly into the reader. I also like the audio and the ability to convert between traditional and simplified. Keep up the good work! Great program."
—Scott Anderson

"In the last two months I have learned more using Clavis Sinica than I did in two years of college Chinese."
—Martin Colwell

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Why Clavis Sinica?

Learning to read Chinese is hard. There's no way around that. The Clavis Sinica software, however can make your task a whole lot easier. Here's how:


Text Reader
The Text Reader provides one-click access to the pronunciation and meaning of any unfamiliar word in any Chinese document or website. Read the texts you want to read without the need for a print dictionary! (For some good texts to get started with, see our Chinese Text and Audio Library).


The Analytical Dictionary reveals the underlying structure of Chinese words and generates lists of other words using the same parts. Once you learn why a character is written the way it is and how it relates to other characters in the same character family, it becomes much easier to remember. Of course, you can also search the 40,000-word dictionary by English, pinyin, or character strokes.


FlashcardsThe Vocabulary List Builder helps you create customized vocabulary lists from any Chinese document. You can convert these lists into flashcards for review with the program's powerful built-in flashcards tool. Or you can print them out as study sheets using the free Vocabulary List Converter in our Chinese Toolbox.


Character inventory
The Character Inventory Manager helps you keep track of all the Chinese characters you have learned. It records when you last saw them as well as how thoroughly you've mastered them, and then schedules them accordingly for daily flashcard review sessions. Characters you have just learned and those you have trouble with are drilled more often, while those that you get right every time you'll see less frequently. You can view your personal Character Inventory statistics at any time to measure your progress.




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