2 0 1 2 年 6 月 1 2 日

Useful Chinese learning search functions


This page lets your browser add search functions for various websites that are useful for learning Chinese. The way this works varies from browser to browser, but here’s how to do it in Firefox:

1. Go to the search bar (top right) and click on the drop-down icon:

 

2. Go to the bottom of the list and click on the search function you want to add:

3. Now you can conveniently use that search function from the search bar:

 

Note that the East Asia Student icon will be displayed before you add the search, but once you’ve added it the correct icon will be displayed.

The following search functions are embedded in this page for easy adding:

Online dictionaries

Dict.cn

nciku

MDBG

Ctext

Zdic

Example sentences

Tatoeba

Jukuu

nciku

If you want to get really pro with this, you can set up search engines to run directly from the address bar with keywords. See this guide at Chinese Hacks on how to do it.

If you have any suggestions for other useful searches, please add them in the comments and I’ll see if I can set them up!


  • http://www.hackingchinese.com Olle Linge

    There is a much better way of doing this, actually. You can use keywords to enter texts into any field on any website. This allows you to type a short letter combination in front of anything you want to search for and you automatically search that website. This is much quicker than selecting the website you want from a list. Some examples I use (I have over 100):

    we x – searches for x on English Wikipedia
    wz x – searches for x on Chinese Wikipedia
    zp x – searches for x pinyin input on zhongwen.com
    yc x – searches for x on Yahoo’s Chinese dictionary

    And so on. This is incredibly useful, not only for language learning.

    Read more here: http://kb.mozillazine.org/Using_keyword_searches

    • http://eastasiastudent.net Hugh Grigg

      Ah that is good. I’ll have to update this with a little guide on setting this up. I do still like the search bar drop down for one thing, though, which is searching for the same thing on different sites one after another.

  • http://ChineseHacks.com Dave Flynn

    I wrote a guide on how to search directly from the address bar using keywords here:

    http://chinesehacks.com/resources/software/quickly-search-chinese-dictionaries-from-your-browser-address-bar/

    So long as you copy your search query to the clipboard you can use this method to quickly search multiple sites, just have to be nimble on the keyboard: control+t, type keyword, paste query, then again for each site.

    • http://eastasiastudent.net Hugh Grigg

      That’s excellent, thanks! I’ve linked to it above.

  • Pingback: Cool Speed Learning Chinese images | Learning Jigsaw