Chinese Perakun is one of my favorite tools for reading Chinese online. It’s a Firefox plug-in for Chinese learners. When it’s enabled, it displays a pop-up with an English translation a pinyin pronunciation and larger version of the character. Below is an example, in which I hovered the mouse over the phrase “導體”.


Perakun pop-up translations work on anything displayed on a Firefox page, including news sites, email and chat windows. It handles both simplified and traditional characters and it’s got a pretty big dictionary. Go to the install page to get it.

Note: I’ve been big fan of perakun for years. The only reason I haven’t written about it sooner is that I thought everyone knew about it. I recently found out that a couple of my friends who are more motivated about Chinese learning than I am didn’t know about it and that’s why I’m writing now.