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Chinese support v. 0.10.10

14.18MB. Updated 2015-09-27. Only supports Anki 2.0.x.

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Helper for Chinese language study, a better replacement for Pinyin Toolkit. Instructions: (see also: Youtube video, Frequently asked questions, Learning tips) *Use the supplied Chinese (basic) or Chinese (advanced) note type, or use your existing note type (just make sure your field names are called "Hanzi", "Meaning", "Reading", "Color", "Sound", "Traditional" and "Simplified".) How to create a note type. New in rev. 0.10.10: New features in rev. 0.10: Many thanks to Varbird for these improvements! Note to existing users: If you are studying Cantonese or Taiwan Pinyin, please rename your Pinyin field to Reading. From now on, transcription choice only applies to the Reading field. Pinyin will always be treated as Pinyin. This change allows you have both Pinyin and Bopomofo/Cantonese in the same note. Main features: Here's what your cards will look like: How to edit Hanzi and correct pinyin: Progress graph: Don't forget to set your preferences in the Tools menu: Future plans Please note: I'm listening carefully for feedback and questions on the Anki-Help forum. If you have questions or run into difficulties, please don't post them in the comments below, as I can't reach you to give you an answer. If you experience a bug, please report it. Chances are, I don't know it's there, but many other users are seeing it. Older versions can be downloaded here. Have lots of fun, Thomas TEMPÉ


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on 2018-04-13
Extremely useful
on 2018-03-28
It's a really great add-on. It helps you a lot in your Chinese learning.
on 2018-03-21
Has been a godsend to use on new and existing decks
on 2018-03-13
Awesome Add-on. Keep it up!
on 2018-02-28
It's been a great help when I started learning Mandarin (and still is!) because it allows you to create several fields on every side of your card, in addition to a complex srs system of repetition and practicing! I love it because it's easy to use and very efficient.
on 2018-02-25
It makes creating Chinese Anki cards significantly easier and better
on 2018-02-24
AWESOME, really is helping me learn the chinese vocab

thanks to whoever/whomever helped create this addon!!!

- a thankful anki citizen
on 2018-02-09
This is incredible - it has saved me so much time and improved my chinese learning
I have been learning for more than 10 years, and it is the first time in a long time that I have felt such a steady progress in my level

Thank you very much for your hard work, its a very complete add-on, very clever and helpful
on 2018-02-08
Awesome project - super useful for adding Chinese flashcards. Saves me a ton of time.
on 2018-01-28
Very useful. It helps me a lot. Thank you!
on 2018-01-21
perfecttttttt <3 真的很好!太好了!
on 2018-01-05
on 2017-12-11
on 2017-12-03
It works as it says
on 2017-11-16
The generate readings feature works and has saved me a ton of time while sentence mining.
on 2017-11-02
not working properly on Anki 2.0.48

sound isn't inserted, online translation doesn't work either... :-/
on 2017-03-14
A necessary part of studying Chinese

I've been using this add-on to study Chinese for over two years now and it has definitely become the most useful part of my study regimen - I would be quite lost without it. I edited the add-on to suit my own needs (e.g., the speaking is rather useless for me) and have recommended it to all my classmates or study buddies. Many think it's too much of a hassle, but for any of you who studies by writing out characters or by making flash cards, this will only be an efficiency booster.
on 2017-03-07
Any chance for Anki 2.1 support?

I am using this plugin very successfully for one and a half year now. It was always very helpful.
Sadly I cannot use it anymore since Anki updated to version 2.1. Is there any chance, that this plugin gets ported to the new version of Anki?
on 2017-02-22
One recommendation (character frequency)

One thing that would make this app really great would be to be able to look up the frequency of a character within the app and assign it a value. That is, characters that are more common can be ordered to study earlier in the deck.
on 2017-02-21
Love the program, but please read my comment

Is there anyway to have more than one hanzi field in note? I want to have several fields for different chinese characters and their respective pinyin, meaning, and audio in one note. I was hoping to have a sentence at the top, and pick up the words in it in other fields in the same note. Then, I would make cards with all these new fields.
on 2016-12-06
Works great

Works great. I type in the pinyin, select the right characters, hit tab, and the English translation, Chinese pronounciation, Chinese characters and audio file get linked automagically. Nice!
on 2016-10-09

Awsome add-on.
I scan my chinese books and use Baidu translate Android appli to transform pictures in text.
Now I can create my decks by simply copy pasting the chinese texte. Awsome.
Juste be carreful if you are in China to stop your VPN before making it otherwise you will not able to donwload the sound.
on 2016-10-04

Very useful plugin, saves huge time usually wasted typing pinyin. Gave it 4 stars only because Google TTS doesn't work. Otherwise perfect.
on 2016-07-29
color feature more beneficial than expected

I had several simplified vocabulary words along with their Pinyin and English meanings for which I wanted to create flash cards. I learned about the Chinese support plugin and wanted to use it to add the sound. What I did not expect was how quickly I benefited from the tone color scheme. I also like that I could match the colors to the default colors of Pleco. I even changed some colors in another deck from blue to an otherwise unused brown because I did not want to start thinking of those blue characters always as third tone.

Google TTS does not work, and Baidu TTS audio quality is lacking. However, this plugin followed wth the AwesomeTTS plugin are essential for my generation of Chinese flashcards.
on 2016-07-25
Great plugin to learn chinese

works seemingly great for the most part.

TTS from google does not work, not sure why. Baidu translate is a little slow when entering new data.

Meaning is not loading automatically, which means I have to add all translations manually.

Plugin is overall good, though, especially useful for automatic pinyin and sound input.
on 2016-06-03

Simplemente maravilloso
on 2016-06-01
WOW that's exactly what I wanted!!!

I was looking for exatly something like this! It does everything:
- personal dictionary
- automatic translation
- pinyin and chinese characters
- audio (not only new words but also fills up old words with audio)
on 2016-05-12
well done

it is quite useful, thank you!
on 2016-05-11
Very useful

I have been using this extension for about 4 months and find that it saves me lots of time I would have spent filling out that data myself.

For new users - always check your pinyin to make sure it is correct, because many characters have more than one reading and the extension has no way of knowing what you want.
on 2016-04-12

This has been a godsend! I have had trouble getting any sounds or recordings before and had to rely on others to record their voices which was time consuming. Now I can make whatever sentences I want and hear them spoken back to me. There are very few problems and they are usually because I typed a character wrong. I think it is an awesome add-on and I am forever grateful. I am that much closer to fluency because of this program.
on 2016-03-14
Sound missing

The addon works great, but it's not filling the sound section if the TTS engine is set to the Google one. It works if I set it to Baidu. I'm using OSX El Capitan
on 2016-01-02
Sound missing

Hi Thomas, thank you for excellent add-on! Makes me reviewing so much easier. Just one thing is missing: sound. I followed your instructions as per your excellent video but no sound shows up as it does in your video. I'm also using a Mac. Any ideas how to fix this?
on 2015-11-11

Its just great, learning Chinese vocabs with this is the most quick and easy way on the planet... Insane!!
on 2015-11-10

on 2015-10-12
Wonderful and comprehensive

As others have mentioned, 99% of the "flaws" you will find in your studying result not from the add-on itself, but from shortcomings in the integrations themselves (dictionaries and pronunciation libraries). That being said, the short amount of time spent catching and fixing the occasional translation error is far outweighed by the functional and efficient auto-filling capabilities that this add-on provides!

For those like me who worry about modularity and integration into existing deck structures, even in those environments the usage is seamless: trust me, no harm can be done in installing this add-on and giving it a spin.

My compliments go to the developer(s) putting such time and talent into programming this quintessential Anki add-on!
on 2015-10-04
Speeds up adding of words but you MUST double-check for errors

-saves me time when entering new words and for that I am grateful but you MUST double check pinyin, and the plugin doesn't correct pinyin for Tone changes, i.e. Tone Sandhi

-not the plugin's fault because the integration works beautifully, but the pronunciation is wrong for all of the TTS servers. there's major pronunciation flaw for letter 'i', it is pronouncing it as 'e' (like in the word keep) instead of 'ir' (like in the words shirt and chirp)
so zhi shi chi and others are wrong. Google TTS has a notable problem with the third tone, it is not low and flat. For pronunciation during study, I would say the word(s) or sentence(s) into your smartphone's translate app--using the microphone function--to make sure you are pronouncing the tones correctly.
on 2015-08-03
Vital for Chinese study.

I would be lost in my study of Mandarin without it.
on 2015-08-02
Google speech engine stopped working

Thank you for your work, this is by far the best open sourced tool I have discovered.

My Google translate speech engine stopped working recently, and the only change I can think of is the update to Windows 10. Does anyone else have this problem? Baidu still works fine.

Keep up the great work! I am self learning some Python as well to try and add my own features.
on 2015-06-03
This is a great tool, really helpful.
I don't know if this is the right place, buy I would suggest to automatically add tags according to HSK or TOCFL levels, for new and existing cards.
on 2015-05-27
Very good add-on, making useful new cards is quick and easy now.

I have a question - is it possible to automatically reformat cards in existing decks to match these?
on 2015-04-30
Some error

I've got a weird error

its says

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "aqt/addons.pyc", line 41, in loadAddons
File "/Users/espinoza/Documents/Anki/addons/Chinese_support.py", line 59, in <module>
File "/Users/espinoza/Documents/Anki/addons/chinese/ui.py", line 29, in <module>
File "/Users/espinoza/Documents/Anki/addons/chinese/edit_behavior.py", line 14, in <module>
File "/Users/espinoza/Documents/Anki/addons/chinese/edit_functions.py", line 14, in <module>
ImportError: No module named microsofttranslator
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "aqt/addons.pyc", line 41, in loadAddons
File "/Users/espinoza/Documents/Anki/addons/EMBED_FONT_FOR_IPHONE.py", line 8, in <module>
ImportError: No module named ankiqt
on 2014-12-09
Works great on OS X for me

Works great, thanks! I'm using it for studying with bopomofo and am very happy with it. The bopomofo isn't always right, but it's correct > 95% of the time. For example, 裙子 comes out as ㄑㄩㄋˊ ㄗ but should be ㄑㄩㄣˊ ㄗ˙ (the lack of a dot on the final also causes the colorized character to be incorrect). Not a deal breaker though.
on 2014-10-27

love you guys
on 2014-07-06
Great, but wheres the forum

This addon is great, but it would be even better if there was a support forum (the google group closed). I think in the future the ability to update empty fields recursively (such as in Pinyin Toolkit) and the ability to generate example usage sentences for words in the dictionary would be stellar contributions. Otherwise, I'm very please with this, thank you Thomas
on 2014-03-13
Thank you!

This has really helped me a lot! Time entering cards is so much less compared to doing it manually!
on 2014-02-10

...to see the continuous improvement!
Thanks to bring back colour to the editor!!!
on 2014-01-01

Another foreigner, struggling to learn Chinese, wants to expess his gratitude:

Thank's a lot! Anki and your Chinese support has been one of the most helpful tools I have encountered for learning Chinese!

Keep up the excellent work and be assured that there are a lot of people out there, who really use your Add-on!
on 2013-11-20

非常好!Works exactly as advertised, also compatible with AnkiDroid. No more fiddling with paper flash cards on the subway for me!
Fully customisable, as with the rest of Anki: all you need is basic HTML and CSS knowledge.
on 2013-11-19
Excellent addon

Thomas gives better support than most commersial programs. Thank you very much!
on 2013-11-10
Great Addon. Thank you!

Thank you for this great addon!

It helps me a lot when I input the new hanzi and phrases from my textbook. It saves time and shows the tones automatically. This makes studying Chinese easier.
on 2013-11-09
Thanks a lot!

Hi there,
this tool increased my card creation time significantly.

Thanks for your effort!
on 2013-09-06
Most usefull

I use this addon for chinese Learning and I find it most usefull.
Very good job !
on 2013-09-05
Loving the hanzi tone colors!

I'm using this plug-in to learn hundreds of hanzi characters with the correct tones according to the colors. Without colors, it would be much, much more difficult.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
on 2013-07-06
Would be perfect, but no Traditional character support :(

on 2013-06-02
Great App!! You saved my life! Thank you so much for all your effort!!
on 2013-05-01
Far better than the previous version

It's been some time since I wrote my last review. I didn't like the add-on because of the pinyin problem. Now I am happy to give it a five star thanks to the pinyin improvement.
on 2013-04-07
Great Addon

Works pretty well for me. Sometimes the wrong hanzi, pinyin or translation get selected, but this seems to be less an issue with the addon itself, but more a problem of the dictionary (http://www.mdbg.net). Thank you Thomas for the great work!
on 2013-04-06
Pinyin is a disaster!!!

the pinyin for many characters just doesn't fit. Must spend many hours rewrite the cards... this is really a big problem,especial when you learn new stuff.
on 2013-04-03
Works great now

Thank you for the fix! And thank you for an automatic Simplification feature - don't plan on using it, but seems to work nicely.
on 2013-03-16
Doesn't work! Pinyin is WRONG.

This is a great effort... yet at the same time a huge fail. The pinyin just isn't correct at all, even on the most basic words. i can't even use this.... :(
on 2013-01-20
Right now, it's bad, but all we've got

Have any of the reviwers really tried to use this to study Chinese? This doesn't "just work" out of the box and in its current state doesn't really help because of the problems it has. I use the plugin primarily to be able to just paste some hanzi and have the card created for me.

First of all, it doesn't do sentence translation at all. Paste a sentence, you'll be putting the meaning in manually yourself.

Any sentence you try to add will have some major error in the pinyin, extremely simple characters coming up with a totally wrong pronunciation. I have to manually put in the pinyin myself every time I add anything, and check it myself, defeating the purpose of having a plugin.

The two new card types it adds have way too much information and need heavy editing before they are reasonable. I still can't get them to stop making sentences that need to be scrolled horizontally when I study on my phone. You need to do some CSS editing or something to get the expected behavior I guess.

The fields are not the same as the old plugin it seeks to replace; it's similar, but not compadible. I cannot use this to deal with my thousands of old cards.

It's a great start but I find it hard to believe people are really using this plugin in its current state and I'm surprised a fixed update hasn't come out already. What are anki 2 users doing to study Chinese? Come on.
on 2013-01-20
Thanks for the work, but the pinyin field sucks a lot

I am helping a friend organize a deck now ( I am Chinese), and it just frustrated me how many errors they have in the pinyin field. I know this add-on is still in its infancy, but rolling out a rotten beta still gets on my nerves. But let's be honest, the pinyin toolkit also did a poor job at this. So... Good luck!
on 2012-12-17
The pinyin and tones are wrong about 1/3 of the time. This can be a real pain in the ass.
on 2012-11-15
Great Plugin!

This plugin is now really getting good! Thanks a lot for the effort, now adding my cards is convenient again. :-D
on 2012-11-08
Up and comer

Developer is a dude (regardless of gender).
The need for this plugin is great, and one person has risen to the challenge. Heartily await the planned features coming into fruition. From where it was, to where it is today, you can but give it high marks. 5/5 in its current state.