MDBG Chinese Reader uses a powerful text-speech
technology to generate Mandarin pronunciations for over 100,000 words and
phrases in the MDBG Chinese-English dictionary.
With AutoPronounce enabled, point or highlight Chinese text and MDBG Chinese Reader reads the words aloud in Mandarin Chinese. Listen to the three voice samples for the text above:
As you listen, follow the Pinyin phonetics. From the HighlightScan window, click on the words to hear them pronounced; right-click and choose Pronounce from the menu.
MDBG Chinese Reader support higher quality Bing voices with the Professional and Standard editions. From the Settings menu, choose your favorite voice for hearing all pronunciations.
Since Microsoft Bing voices are a web service, a web connection is always required. For those who want high quality Chinese voices with rate control, MDBG Premium Voices are available in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
MDBG also supports text-speech voices that are compliant with Speech API (SAPI) standards.
The Microsoft Simplified Chinese is a basic voice that's available for all editions of Chinese Reader. This male voice is generated locally from your computer; no web connection is required.
Third-party SAPI (Speech API) voices are also supported on the Chinese Reader Professional and Standard editions. For example Microsoft Lili, including with Windows 7/Vista Ultimate Editions, is a supported SAPI voice.
MDBG Premium Voices provide high-quality Mandarin and Cantonese voices that may be used offline; no web connection is required (unlike Bing voices).
Tip: To disable AutoPronounce, un-check the box in Settings.
Seeing words and hearing them pronounced in Chinese is a powerful learning experience.
Overview on Lookup, Favorites and History lists
Find words in MDBG's Chinese-English dictionary
Overview of LiveScan, HighlightScan and Main lists (Lookup, Favorites and History) windows (PDF)
Guided tour for the Settings dialog box (PDF)