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April 4, 2010

I don’t see many sites out there promoting this nifty little tool but man, it is a time saver! For those of you familiar with rikaichan for Japanese, you will feel at home with this for your Cantonese studies.

Cantofish is a Firefox add-on that you download (sorry to those that use other browsers). It works by you hovering your mouse cursor over any Chinese characters (including Cantonese characters) and it pops up with the character, the pronunciation, and the meaning. It’s incredibly useful and a massive time saver for those of you that had to copy and paste the characters you didn’t know or remembered into an online dictionary.

To use it effectively, it would help to understand basic Cantonese. Because the algorithm looks for a match in the dictionary by taking the hovered word first and going as far right as possible to find the longest match, you may want to hover over to the next character to the right to find a better translation, or one more over to the left to see if there’s something even longer. It depends but you certainly don’t want to carelessly hover over words and misconstrue the meaning of it all.

Aside from that, this add-on is very self explanatory. The only other thing you may want to keep in mind are the keyboard shortcuts. Pressing the A key will make the pop up appear in different locations. C will copy the entire pop up onto your clip board. S will save the pop up to a file. I really only use A in case the pop up shows up in a weird location upon starting Cantofish up.

Download Cantofish here:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2010 7:51 am



  2. April 11, 2010 3:44 pm

    I love Cantofish, especially because it uses jyutping.

  3. ckay permalink
    July 3, 2010 11:19 am

    Ooh, this seems very handy.

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