Syng | 词应

A free, open-source, cross-platform, Chinese-to-English dictionary



Search in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified characters), and even in pinyin. Inspect the component characters that make-up a word and even save searches to vocab lists.


Save words to bookmarks and custom vocab lists, share vocab lists with classmates, and take notes on individual words.


Study your vocab lists with Syng's automatically generated flashcards. Make sure you are learning on track with Syng's quiz feature.

Cross Platform

No matter your operating system, Syng will run on your computer. Syng works on macOS, Windows, and Linux, all without needing to connect to the internet to use.


Syng is free to use and free to modify, now and forever. If you want to donate, you can here. You can also contribute to the project here.


A set of handy tools to turn characters into pinyin, turn tone numbers into tone marks, and to convert between simplified and traditional characters.

What's New in Version 1.1.0?

Version 1.1.0 has several new features and bug fixes, including:

  • Audio Pronunciation
  • Stroke Order Animations

For a full list of changes, please see the changelog.


About Syng: Syng was created to be a simple, yet full-featured Chinese language study tool. Syng is free, cross platform, and open source, so that no matter how much money you have, or what computer operating system you use, you can enjoy Syng and all of its features. You won't find any pay to use premium features in Syng. In fact, if you think Syng should have a specific feature, you can go ahead and contribute to the project here.
About The Name: Syng is a stylized spelling of cíyīng, the pinyin for 词应. 词应 is short for 词典应用, literally translating to Dictionary App.
Developers Welcome: If you're interested in contributing to Syng in whatever capacity you can, feel free to contact the maintainer.