First time caller; long time listener. I was wondering if anybody could give me advice on where to find some useful software. In addition to listening to Ken and Jenny everyday, I am also trying to use my Chinese in conversation. I've got a QQ account and have managed to acquire 30 friends in a week, simply using the tagline 我想学中文
When my Chinese friends send me a message, I can usually only make out a couple of characters (I'm at the ele stage), so I usually have to put the sentence into Babelfish translator. This is functional, but it would help me a lot more if I could get both the pinyin and English translations. That way, I can see the pronounciation and sentence structures of my friends' writing. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a translation toolbar which translates both from Chinese to English and Chinese to pinyin?
Also, can anyone recommend a Chinese to English dictionary which I could put on my PDA. I'm using one from Declan's software, but I'm often told that the words I use are either old-fashioned or not often used in China.
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