Wenlin Opens the Gate to Chinese

Welcome to Wenlin!

Wenlin is software for the Macintosh and MS-Windows operating systems. Wenlin tackles the most frustrating obstacles for students, scholars, and speakers of Chinese with its versatile and easy-to-use interface. It is like having a seasoned scholar on your desktop! An integrated solution, Wenlin combines a high-speed expandable Chinese dictionary, a full-featured text editor, and unique "flashcard" system all in one intuitive environment. Wenlin is a comprehensive tool for begining students, life-long speakers, and scholars alike. Wenlin includes the ABC English-Chinese / Chinese-English Dictionary edited by John DeFrancis. It has information for over 73,000 characters and 200,000 Chinese words and phrases.

Wenlin's unique interface provides instant "point to" vocabulary look-up and "click" access to detailed vocabulary information. Wenlin's extensive character descriptions and cross-referencing include pictures of characters in ancient and modern forms, simple and full form, and pinyin. Wenlin reads, writes, edits, and prints Chinese documents of any size and includes built-in selection of Chinese literature and current media. You can copy and paste Chinese text between Wenlin and other applications. Unicode, GB, Big5, and UTF-8 encodings are supported. Automated drill and review includes scoring, tracking, interactive testing, multiple-choice and composed-answer. Other powerful features include animated stroke-by-stroke display, handwriting recognition, and audio-CD quality studio recordings of all Mandarin syllables. Multi-user packs are available.

The Power of Wenlin

Dictionary Interface

  • High speed customizable and expandable Chinese dictionary
  • Over 73,000 characters, over 200,000 words and phrases
  • Instant "point to" vocabulary look-up
  • Click access to essential vocabulary info
  • Extensive character descriptions and cross-referencing
  • Pictures of ancient and modern forms of Chinese characters
  • Desktop access to important Chinese scholarship and literature
  • Click access to all words that contain a character, including definitions, ordered by frequency of usage
  • Character look-up by component, including groups that share components
  • Fast automatic search access to huge selection of literature, for finding examples in context
  • Character lists arranged by stroke-count and pronunciation
  • Automatically updated listing

Text Editor

  • Reads, writes, edits, and prints Chinese documents
  • Supports Unicode, the most widely recognized world standard text encoding, as well as GB and Big5
  • Built-in selection of Chinese literature, current new media included
  • Word-wrap, undo, cut, copy, paste, search, and replace
  • Unlimited document size
  • Characters and words entered using phonetic conversion or handwriting recognition
  • Instant dictionary integrated with text editor
  • Combines simple and full form Chinese characters, pinyin, and English in one document
  • Compatible with other Chinese language applications, pen/tablet tools

"Flashcards" System

  • Automated drill and review
  • Interactive testing, multiple-choice and composed-answer
  • Scoring and tracking
  • Dictionary access while memorizing vocabulary
  • Simultaneous display of documents, definitions, lists, and flashcards


  • Animated Stroke-By-Stroke Display
  • Instant Handwriting Recognition
  • Audio-CD quality studio recordings of all Mandarin syllables