There are three tabs in the application: search, saved definitions and
To look up a definition, select the search tab.
When text is entered into the text field the application tries to match
it against a definition in the current search language. Results
appear in the list below the text field.
The current search language is
indicated by the word "English" or "Chinese" in the title bar.
To change the search language, tap in the title bar.
1.1. Searching Chinese
When Chinese is selected as the search language, you can look up words
by entering either Pinyin or characters.
Three forms of Pinyin are accepted
diacritics, e.g. "zhīdào" (somewhat awkward to type on the phone though)
Tone-marked with numbers, e.g. "zhi1dao4"
Plain text without tones, e.g. "zhidao"
Typing plain text without tones is probably easiest, but will return
results matching all tones, so you may end up scrolling more to find
the definition you are interested in.
An example of searching by pinyin without tones. There are many results.
Searching with tone numbers. This time there is only one result.
When entering text without tones, the "ü" is treated the same as "u".
For the other two modes, "ü" is treated as a different character
(the assumption being, if you have made the effort to type the tones
you can type the "ü" too!).
If you forget how to type "ü" (tap and hold "u"), you can also use "v"
e.g. "lv3", "lu:3" match "lǚ", but without a tone, "lv", "lu:" are
treated like "lu"
and so will also match "lù", "lú", etc
Your MeeGo phone already has built-in support for several ways of
entering characters, which can be used to enter characters into the
If you haven't already enabled the chinese text input methods, you can
do so by going into the phone Settings app and selecting
"Time and Language" > "Text input" > "Installed
In the dialog that pops up, the following Chinese input methods are
手写输入 - handwriting input method
简体拼音 - simplified pinyin
繁體注音 - traditional Zhùyīn (bopomofo)
繁體倉頡 - traditional Cangjie
In the screenshot below, I have selected handwriting and simplified
Pinyin input methods.
With these input methods enabled, you can now search the dictionary
The screenshots below show the handwriting IM in use.
Entering characters with the handwriting IM
The handwriting IM produces 飞
2. Details page
Tapping on a definition in either the saved definitions or search result list brings up a page containing more information.
Here you can see the full English definition, the simplified and
traditional variants of the word, the Pinyin, any classifiers (measure
words) associated with the word, and for a multi-character word, a
breakdown of the component characters. Some definitions will also
mention alternate spellings or pronunciations of the Chinese.
To copy or search for any of the definitions on this page, tap and hold
on the desired text to bring up the menu.
Clicking the star button in the toolbar toggles whether or not this
definition will appear in the "Saved definitions" list.
3. Saved definitions
The saved definitions tab displays a list of all the
definitions you have saved.
4.1 Characters to display in search results
This setting determines whether
simplified or traditional characters are displayed in the search
results and saved definitions list.
4.2 Tone colours
If "Use tone colours" is enabled,
each character and pinyin word is displayed with a colour determined by
By default, the colours used are those used in Nathan Dummitt's book Chinese through Tone and Color.
You can choose a different colour scheme if you prefer, or disable tone
the colour allocated to a tone, tap on the button labelled with the
tone and choose a new colour from the dialog.