Cantonese-English Stardict Finally Completed!

After 51 days of typing, Cantonese-English Stardict project finally completed!  Finally, there is an offline electronic Cantonese dictionary!!!

Download link for Cantonese-English Stardict file (Updated on March 20, 2011):

How to Use Cantonese-English Stardict File:

For Windows

  1. Download and Install Stardict
  2. Download my stardict file and unzip to Stardict/dic in program files (using winrar).
  3. You can either look up words in Stardict or
  4. Highlight the word and right click. Choose “copy” to prompt the dictionary popup.  (Make sure that you have “scan clipboard” checked.)

Works with Chrome, Firefox and IE.

Works with PDF (If the text is highlightable, it will work.)

For Linux

  1. Download and install Stardict from Ubuntu Software Center
  2. Download and move the dictionary file to /usr/share/stardict/dic. (sudo mv dictionary folder /usr/share/stardict/dic)

In Linux, just highlight to prompt the pop up

For Mac

  1. Download and install DictUnifier
  2. Download the dictionary file
  3. Open DictUnifier and browse for the dictionary file. Click “convert”.  (Here’s a step-by-step guide if you don’t get what I mean)

For Android

Click here

For iPhone/iPad/iPod

Click here


I also converted Firefox’s Cantofish (not my work) into Stardict format so that both Cantofish and this dictionary can appear together in a pop up .

Download link for Cantofish Stardict version:

Use side by side with Cantofish because the Stardict file only has about 7000 entries.

Restart Stardict if you don’t see any popups at all.

Finally, thanks Eldon and Narrie for helping!


  1. yeskinger · · Reply

    Thanks for your hard work. I hope you get rewarded by its prolific usage and more. I hope one day my Cantonese becomes good enough to pay you back!

  2. […] Finally, for you Cantonese learners out there, J40 has virtually single-handedly put together a free offline Cantonese dictionary. I’ve been using it for a few days on Ubuntu and it’s great – check it out here. […]

  3. nice site

    do you know of any good, working cantonese tts software?

    tried cu vocal, espeak, ekho all seem to be buggy.

    1. You can try The pronunciations are recorded by real people. I have tried to ask more native Cantonese speakers to record vocabularies in there.
      All the TTS are unatural. Chinese languages have some kind of tone sandhi or tone change that make smooth tone transition between words. Therefore, computerized voice just aren’t going to work well in this moment.

      As shown in the graph, the colourful curve illustrates tone transition between words and the graph under the black line shows the “supposed” tone without tone transition. For now, hearing real people’s pronunciation is the best.

  4. Hi, thanks for the reply.The tones are alright, some i can tell are too robotic, that i don’t have problem with. It’s the software itself – they all completely stop working properly after a few tries.

    1. “completely stop working properly ”
      How? I play with CU Vocal sometimes. It works.
      Are you inputing foul language?
      Anyway, Forvo is a better source because its recordings are from real people.

  5. cuvocal just re-reads the original message in the beginning even though i input a different text. i like it but in the form of software because i cannot always get on the internet.

    thanks for your help anyway, appreciate it.

  6. Great work!! Thanks for sharing for hard work. Much appreciated!

    Is there anyway to get this as an offline dictionary in Android OS. Serious lack of Cantonese resources, and an offline cantonese/english dictionary would be amazing..

    1. Hi LC,
      Cantonese-English Stardict is an offline dictionary.
      There’s an app called “Colordict” , which is essentially a Stardict for Android. You can add my Cantonese -English stardict file to it.
      I haven’t compressed .dict to .dz, so you DON’T need to do the following steps:
      “Change filename .dz to .gz”
      “Uncompress .gz”.

  7. Really useful on Android, thanks a lot🙂

  8. […] Over at 廣府話小研究 a converted CantoFish dictionary file was posted with instructions on how to use it: Link […]

  9. […] The CantoFish dictionary file over on 廣府話小研究 can be used in WordMate. Instructions are over here. […]

  10. Quang Nguyen · · Reply

    I’m new to Cantonese and have been looking around for some helpful Cantonese software. grateful, 多谢

  11. […] audio) and Stardict together in the demo. If you don’t know what is Stardict, please refer to this post. For example, if you want to search Cantonese vocabularies meaning “dirty”, just […]

  12. Awesome! Thanks for your hard work and passion for Cantonese!

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