Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters – Outlier Linguistics

The Outlier Dictionary of
Chinese Characters

A revolutionary new learners' dictionary for Pleco!

Developed by a team of linguists and expert teachers, our dictionary teaches you how Chinese characters ACTUALLY work, based on the latest research.

Learning the real underlying logic of the writing system will more than double your learning efficiency and allow you to see the real sound and meaning connections between characters.

Choose the version that’s right for you

One time purchase, not a subscription!

Easy to set up

Step 1: Order

When you check out from our store, you'll get an order confirmation email and an email with an activation code and instructions.

Step 2: Get Pleco

If you don't already have Pleco installed on your iOS or Android device, install it! It's an amazing free Chinese dictionary app, and our dictionary is an add-on.

Step 3: Activate

Go to pleco.com/activate with your activation code, follow the instructions, and you'll be all set! Enjoy learning Chinese characters the Outlier way!

Every so often a really good resource comes along. It's The Outlier Dictionary of Chinese Characters.

Prof. Victor Mair
University of Pennsylvania

I feel like I have a virtual 1-on-1 Chinese teacher, giving me a better sense of how the writing system functions.

Dr. David Moser
Yenching Academy, Peking University

They have put a lot of thought into how foreigners learn Chinese, and they’ve come up with a better way to learn characters.

John Pasden
AllSet Learning & Mandarin Companion