Online Dictionary Use Survey Result

Acknowledgement

Thanks go to all survey participants for their input. 256 netizens (as of January 2010) have participated in this survey. The information will be helpful for Chinese language learners and software developers as well. CDr. Tim Xie, California State University, Long Beach

 

What online software/program do you use?

Count

Percentage

Google

158

45.01%

Yahoo

80

22.79%

nciku

26

7.41%

MDBG

22

6.27%

NJSTAR

16

4.56%

Wenlin

14

3.99%

DimSum

8

2.28%

iciba

8

2.28%

Rikai

5

1.42%

Popjisyo

5

1.42%

CLAVIS

4

1.14%

Adsotrans

3

0.85%

loqu8 iCE

2

0.57%

 

What makes you to choose this dictionary?

 

Count

Percentage

Free

147

25.30%

Convenience

99

17.04%

More words

88

15.15%

Provide Pinyin

66

11.36%

More accurate information

61

10.50%

Provide sound

58

9.98%

Provide animation

37

6.37%

Inexpensive

25

4.30%

 

What is the purpose of your using the online dictionary?

Count

Percentage

to find the pronunciation and meaning.

145

34.20%

to find out how to write the characters

87

20.52%

to find some examples for the word(s)

80

18.87%

I want to listen to the pronunciation

72

16.98%

 

When do you use the online dictionaries?

Count

Percentage

When I do online reading

104

25.18%

When I do my homework

82

19.85%

When I prepare for/review lessons

68

16.46%

When I chat with others online

62

15.01%

Other

49

11.86%