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Hanzim ("Hanzi Master") is an interactive visual dictionary for learning and seeing relationships between Chinese radicals, characters, and compounds. All the characters with a given radical, phonetic component, or pronunciation can be displayed, as well as all words containing a character, with English meanings. Either simplified or traditional characters can be used. The main character is displayed in a box near the center. Compounds employing it in the initial position are listed to its right; those employing it in the final position are listed to its left. Characters with the same radical are listed in the lower left, those with the same remaining component (character sans radical) in the middle, and those with the same pronunciation are on the right. Clicking on any character on the screen makes it the new main character. The text box just above the main character contains the pinyin representation of that character. You can click in there, type in a new pinyin string, and hit return to pull up the first character in the program's dictionary with that pronunciation. Hanzim can also be used as a dictionary (zidian and cidian). You can look up Chinese characters and compounds by radical or pinyin. It's faster and easier to look up characters and compounds with this program than with a conventional dictionary (either by stroke or pronunciation) or a pocket electronic translator. You can also look up compounds by typing English words in the definition area.


Download version 1.3 (stable)
released on 21 March 2002


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GPLv2Janet Casey11 January 2001

Leaders and contributors

Adrian Robert Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use Chinese fonts (GB2312 and BIG-5)
Required to use TCL/Tk 8.1 or later
Required to build TCL/Tk 8.1 or later

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 13 May 2008.


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