I recently found a free dictionary software, GoldenDict, which supports Stardict format dictionary file and combines dictionary entries with audio clips from Forvo.com. It can be treated as a Cantonese pronunciation dictionary.

Cantonese-English Dictionary with Audio

As long as Forvo has the corresponding entry, Goldendict will show it. The combination of Forvo and Stardict file allows us to have an audio dictionary that is not possible to exist in real life. However, the Cantonese database in Forvo is still not big enough to allow us to get audio from every corresponding entry. Therefore, please ask more Cantonese speakers to record their pronunciations in Forvo.

The combination of Forvo and Stardict file allows us to have an audio dictionary that is not possible to exist in real life

Installation

  1. Download GoldenDict. (Pick the latest version. No installation required. Just click “goldendict application”. You can create a shortcut for easy access.)

    Just click “goldendict application” to open the programme.
  2. Get Cantonese-English Stardict file and Cantofish Stardict file (as complementary)
  3. Unzip the files with WinRAR
  4. Open GoldenDict, click “edit”, choose “dictionary” and you will see “file” tab under “Sources” tab
  5. Click “add” to add dictionaries
  6. Click “Forvo” tab, tick “enable pronunciations from forvo” and put “yue” into “language code”
  7. Click “edit”, choose “preferences”, click “audio” tab and tick “play via DirectShow”

When you right click on a highlighted word and choose “copy” in other applications such as Chrome and Office, a box with meaning and audio will popup. (Make sure you have enabled “scan popup” in preferences”. )

Update

I found an unofficial mac version of Goldendict. However, when I click on the audio, all the players I tried quit by themselves. I don’t know if it’s my problem. I overcome it by opening the audio link in Safari.

Right click on the speaker to open the audio link in Safari