Start understanding Chinese instantly

Highlight multiple words with your mouse and MDBG Chinese Reader reads the text aloud in Mandarin (or optional Cantonese). With Auto-Translate*, see the meaning of the entire text in English (or your favorite language) with the popup window.

*Machine-based translations require an Internet connection. One translation credit per character.
MDBG Chinese Reader 8 - LiveScan

Highlight, listen and learn

When you need to understand more than a few words, just highlight the Chinese text and let MDBG Chinese Reader explain everything to you. The Highlight window pops up to read everything in Mandarin (or Cantonese).

  • The top Auto-Translation panel approximates the meaning using the full context with results from Google and Microsoft (with no annoying ads).
  • In the center Reading panel, hover your mouse over words or phrases.
  • The lower Detail panel provides the full meaning, HSK proficiency level and more. No machine-based translation is perfect. When viewing specific words and phrases, review the full semantic range with MDBG's comprehensive Chinese-English dictionary with over 114,000 entries. Company names, political leaders, product names, technology terms, business slang and more are all included for quick reference.

The HighlightScan window also shows:  

  • Chinese (simplified and tradition) - characters are enlarged and shown with ColorTones. Easily view character and stroke details
  • Pinyin (or Bopomofo) phonetics - guide pronunciation
  • Meaning - definition (in English, et al.). Personalize definitions with your own meanings, usage notes and examples
  • Add to Favorites - tag for future reference
  • More - show related words and phrases
  • Optional. HSK (Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi) level for Chinese proficiency test. Basic words are HSK1; advanced words are HSK6


When you move your mouse cursor into the window, the toolbar will appear.

  • Pronounce - hear the words read aloud
  • Copy to clipboard - copy words to the Windows clipboard
  • Take screenshot - save screenshot into your Pictures folder
  • Add to Favorites - tag for future reference
  • Change Settings - open Settings window
  • Pin window - hold window on the Windows desktop
  • Close window - window closes, but Chinese Reader will still be running in background

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