Do you Baidu?

December 21, 2008

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Have you ever used Baidu?

Or Acoona?

How about Sohu?

Yisou?

 

According to one source, these are a few of the most popular Chinese language search engines. A complete list of the “most popular” ones from that same source includes:

 

Baidu www.baidu.com
Acoona www.accoona.cn
Sohu www.sohu.com
Yisou www.yisou.com
Sogou www.sogou.com
Google China www.google.cn
Sina www.sina.com.cn
3721.com www.3721.com
Yahoo cn.yahoo.com
NetEase www.163.com

 

I was messing around on Baidu this evening, and I found a nice translation tool you might like to know about, especially if you are learning Chinese language. The tool is called Pinyin Annotator. The tool takes any Chinese characters and translates them into pinyin. This has been helpful to me. If I can get the pinyin, I can at least read the passage aloud, and I might even understand some of it.

 

Here’s an example of how it works. I pasted the following into the annotator,

 

下载谷歌拼音输入法 
Google谷歌 拼音输入法 谷歌拼音输入法五大特色: 智能组句:选词准确率高,能聪明地理解您的意图,短句长句都合适。 流行词汇:整合互联网上的流行词汇、热门搜索一网打尽,词组丰富强大。 网络同步:您可以将使用习惯和个人字典同步在 Google …
maps.google.com/ime/pinyin/ 2K 2008-10-29 百度快照

 

I clicked on the “annotator” button, and here is the result I got,

Xiàzài下载gǔ谷歌pīnyīn拼音shūrùfǎ输入法

GoogleGǔgē谷歌 pīnyīn拼音shūrùfǎ输入法 gǔgē谷歌pīnyīn拼音shūrùfǎ输入法tèsè特色: zhìnéng智能:xuǎnzhǔnquè准确gāo,néngcōngming聪明dìlǐ地理jiěníndeyìtú意图,duǎnjù短句chángdōuhéshì合适 Liúxíng流行cíhuì词汇:zhěnghé整合hùliánwǎng互联网shàngdeliúxíng流行cíhuì词汇rèmén热门sōusuǒ搜索yīwǎngdǎjìn一网打尽,cízǔ词组fēngfù丰富qiángdà强大 Wǎngluò网络tóngbù同步:nínkěyǐ可以jiāngshǐyòng使用xíguàn习惯gèrén个人zìdiǎn字典tóngbù同步zài Google …

maps.google.com/ime/pinyin/ 2K 2008-10-29 – Bǎidù百度kuàizhào

Pretty cool, huh? There is a feature to have the characters translated into zhuyin (bopomofo), in addition to pinyin.

 

Pinyin Annotator is in beta, and user suggestions and comments are welcomed.

 

http://www.pinyinannotator.com/

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