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This page contains word lists which can be used as with Pleco, Zdt or other Chinese-English programs that takes text files.

  • Zdt files are with permission of Chris Fong (ZDT Main Developer).
  • Full text documents can be found in another section of the wiki: Pleco Documents These texts can be used with Pleco's Document Reader.

Please write up a description of any word list, including what it contains, an estimate of level of difficulty, etc.

I prefer that lists be uploaded as “zip” files and linked here. “Txt” and a couple other file formats are not allowed due to security concerns and by recommendation of the DokuWiki development group. A single ZIP file with all the texts together is more time efficient for people to download as well.

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Names of Radicals and Strokes

[Posted with permission from CKATT] on Plecoforums.

Here are some flash cards for common names of radicals, 部首 bushou, that some people have been asking for. Please read the notes before you install them.

Much of this information comes from a great book called «常用汉字部首: The most common Chinese Radicals». Other sources include Contemporary Chinese 1: character book, and as well discussions with my Chinese teacher and other friends here in China. Also, a big thanks to ldolse for his radical dictionary and flash cards, which were hugely helpful in putting this, much smaller, list together. Do check it out for much more extensive information on radicals.

While I [Ckatt] feel that these are the most common names you should keep in mind that they are not the only names. Some bushou have academic common names that I only found in books, such as “er dao pang”, but people here in China have told me that no one calls it this, and “zou er pang” is what is commonly used.

Also some bushou have flexible position and flexible names. Yu 雨 for example could be placed on the left and would be referred to as yu zi pang, if on the side or yu zi tou if on the top, however it would likely just be referred to as yu if on the bottom. Xin 心 on the other hand would be called xin zi di on the bottom and just xin on top. I have not made cards for all possible names of all the radicals just the one where there is a clear or important distinction. As such some cards are included with no common name, mainly because they we listed in«常用汉字部首»and I am assuming the author knows what he is doing, others I have added myself because I have seen them recur often in the characters I am learning. Think od this list as a starting point, once you know the basic rules of the nomenclature identifying the common name of most radicals is quite easy if you know how to say the standalone character.

Also included are cards for all 8 the main strokes and some variations. These may or may not interest you, but since radicals are the building blocks of characters I think it is important to know the building blocks of the radicals.

Some characters may not display correctly for you as I have used a few substitutes where no Chinese character is available. The rising stroke 提 for example has no standard character. Initially I has used a forward slash to represent it but I have since found something more suitable that displays correctly on the android device I have available to test it on. Consider this to be a beta release.

Please let me know (on the forum) if you have any questions about these cards or if you find any errors.

I recommend you install the Dictionary first and then the flash cards, to be sure that these dictionary definitions are the ones used for the flash card import. Click to download:

Dictionary File (unzip first)

Flashcards File (unzip first)


These are the comprehension tapes from Modules 1-6 of FSI's Standard Chinese: A Modular Approach. In addition are the supplemental vocabulary lists for categories like “things in nature” “buildings and institutions” etc. Basically all the pinyin from the student texts was into Characters and all the comprehension 2 tapes from modules 1-6 were transcribed as well. Thanks to “Androgni” on Pleco Forums for this.


Here's a complete set of vocabulary words for Pimsleur. When imported into Pleco, it will group them into sections. You can see (or change) the section names in the text file. Section names follow standard Pleco formatting. Thus the first line of the text file: // pimsleur1_1-5 means: Save in group “Pimsleur1_1-5” (group 1, conversations 1 through 5).

Originally from the Pleco vocabulary forum:

Pimsleur Word List

ZDT Files

You can use these in Pleco with some minor reformatting. You might want to shorten category names. You might also want to create a “top” category with the main name, and then subcategories with each chapter/unit, etc. The Conversational Chinese 301 below has a version already formatted like this for the Pleco.

Copies of the ZDT word lists are shared from the ZDT main site, courtesy of Chris Fong. FIXME Note that the download links are not yet complete. Files can also be downloaded directly from the ZDT site Zdt Wordlist Index

From ZDT site

Link Format Book Author(s)
Beginner’s Chinese Zip ZDT Yong Ho
Bible Books Zip ZDT Chris Simpson
Colloquial Chinese Zip ZDT P.C. T'ung; D.E. Pollard
Integrated Chinese, 1st Edition Zip ZDT Tao-Chung Yao
Integrated Chinese, Expanded 2nd Edition Zip ZDT Tao-chung Yao, Yuehua Liu
Intermediate Chinese Zip ZDT Yong Ho
Kinesiska: Språket i Mittens Rike Zip ZDT Johan Björkstén
New Practical Chinese Reader, Vol 1 Zip ZDT Zhang Kai, Liu Shehui, Chen Xi , Zuo Shandan, Shi Jiawei, Liu Xun
Pimsleur Mandarin Unit 1 Zip ZDT Pimsleur
Pimsleur Mandarin Unit 2 Zip ZDT Pimsleur
Pimsleur Mandarin Unit 3 Zip ZDT Pimsleur
Practical Chinese Reader I Zip ZDT
Schaums’ Outlines Chinese Vocabulary Zip ZDT Yanping Xie and Duan-Duan Li
The most common Chinese characters in order of frequency Zip ZDT Patrick Hassel Zein

Conversational Chinese 301

These flashcards were generated from ZDT. The files are in UTF-8 format. The first download has long category names, and a single level of grouping, suitable for ZDT. The second download has “CC301” as a top category and “01”-“40” as subcategory names and is more suitable for the smaller displays that Pleco runs on.

Submitted by cming in Pleco Forums at Pleco Forum Post

Conversational Chinese 301
Pleco Version of Conversational Chinese 301

Meditation Words

Most of these are gleaned from dictionaries, so are probably incorrect or too specialized for general use.

ānchán安禅[-禪]<Budd.> v. reach peace and calm through meditation n. contemplative state (of the School of Dhyana, Zen)
cānchán参禅[參禪]v.o. 〈Budd.〉 practice meditation
chán禅[禪]b.f. 〈Budd.〉 (Sanskrit : dhyana); meditation; abstraction; trance
chándì禅地[禪-]p.w. meditation place
chándìng禅定[禪-] n.〈Budd.〉 tranquillity and concentration of meditation
chánfáng*禅房[禪-]p.w. 〈Budd.〉 ①monastic room ②hermitage; monastery ③meditation abode
chángōng禅功[禪-]n. meditation
chánguān禅关[禪關]n. meditation abode; room
chánhézǐ禅和子[禪–]n. sb. who practices meditation
chánkè禅客[禪-]n. monk who practices meditation M:²wèi
chánnuó禅那[禪-]n. 〈Budd.〉 dhyana; deep meditation
chánsī禅思[禪-]n. meditation ◆v. meditate
chántáng禅堂[禪-]p.w. 〈Budd.〉 meditation room M:¹jiān
chánwèi*禅味[禪-]n. 〈Budd.〉 pleasant effect of meditation
chányǐ禅椅[禪-]n. 〈Budd.〉 seat for meditation M:¹bǎ
dǎchán打禅[-禪]v.o. sit in meditation
dǎzuò打坐v.o.〈Budd./Dao.〉 sit in meditation
fǎjièdìng法界定n. 〈Budd.〉 Skt. dharmadhatu-dhyana; meditation
jièdìnghuì戒定慧n. 〈Budd.〉 discipline, meditation, wisdom
jìngdìng静定[靜-]v. keep still and calm; sit in meditation
kūchán枯禅[-禪]n. 〈Budd.〉 sit in meditation
miànbìgōngshēn面壁功深f.e. profound wisdom obtained from lengthy meditation/concentration
sānmèi三昧n. ①〈Budd.〉 samadhi (deep meditation) ②secret; knack
tánsī覃思n. 〈wr.〉 deep/profound thought; meditation
táochán逃禅[-禪]v.o. ①refuse to practice Buddhist meditation ②become a Buddhist in order to avoid worldly affairs
xídìng习定[習-]r.v. 〈wr.〉 enter into meditation and get rid of desires
xiūxīnyǎngxìng修心养性[–養-]f.e. ①cultivate oneself through meditation
zǐwǔmǎoyǒu子午卯酉f.e. ①from midnight to noon and from sunrise to sunset ②from beginning to end; from start to finish ③reason; argument ④result; achievement ⑤〈Dao.〉 four optimum times for meditation
坐禅zuòchánsit in meditation
zuòchánwùdào坐禅悟道[-禪–]f.e. sit in meditation and gain enlightenment
zuògōng坐功v.o. 〈Dao.〉 mastery of meditation
zuòjìng*坐静[-靜]v.p. sit quietly for meditation

Create a User Dictionary

You can create your own dictionary entries from vocabulary files by checking the “add to user dicionary” option on the import screen.

To import words, you can use “txt”, “xml”, or other formats. Go to the “Open Flashcards” menu selection and you see this screen:

Pleco Flashcards Screen

Next, click on the “Import” button and you see this screen:

Import Screen

Check the checkbox at the bottom labeled: “Store imported defns in user dict

vocabulary.txt · Last modified: 2013/03/21 09:29 by panlogic