Taobao Dictionary – Help! I Don’t Know Any Chinese, What Do I Do?
Taobao- an online shopping haven for lazy shopaholics like me. Queuing at malls on the weekends isn’t exactly the best way to spend your time, so why join the crowd? Have you seen the queue at H&M on the weekends? Why join other shoppers in a long line waiting to try on clothes when you could simply shop online (whilst seated, no less) at your own time?
I haven’t always been one to shop on Taobao because let’s be honest, my Mandarin is pretty bad; the barrage of hieroglyphic-like Chinese characters on Taobao scares me. I remember a time when I once had to flip through a physical copy of a Chinese dictionary to search for the meaning of a word. Gone are those days. Now, translating a word or a phrase from one language to another requires just a few quick clicks.
1. Use An Online Dictionary
Apart from Google Translate, there’s this other website that offers free English to Chinese translation service: https://dict.naver.com/linedict/zhendict/#/cnen/home
What’s different about this is that it also doubles up as a dictionary and if you’re keen about learning Mandarin, there’s a section called ‘Today’s Expressions’ that introduces a new phrase/quote every day so you can learn more about the language.
2. Translate The Page to English
This hack is a lifesaver. Simply right-click on anywhere on Taobao’s homepage and select “Translate to English” to – yes – translate the page
3. ShopBack’s Taobao Dictionary
But what if you’re looking for something more specific? Say, you’re on the hunt for a two-piece swimsuit for your beach vacation or some biodegradable disposable cutlery for a party that you’ll be hosting. Sure, you can Google Translate these to Chinese. But you’ll soon realise that when it becomes too specific, Google will regurgitate a jumble of Chinese characters that won’t help you find what you need when you key it into the Taobao search engine.
Lucky for you, we’ve done the very tedious (but also very gratifying at the end) task of translating a long list of keywords that you might find useful for when you’d like to search for a particular item on Taobao.
Download the ShopBack Taobao dictionary for free here: ShopBack Taobao Dictionary
*To use it more effectively, CTRL + F in the document to search for an item that you’re looking for then CTRL + C to paste it into the Taobao search bar.*