Chinese Toolbox is a Chinese reading assistant. It is a Windows computer program that automatically shows character and Chinese word definitions as you select characters. The two main aspects of this assistance is the software’s automatic lookup of character and word definitions and tagging characters and words for unassisted reading.
Chinese reading assistants provide huge time savings to anyone studying Chinese. Not too many years ago, one had to look up in a print dictionary any unknown characters or Chinese words. That was extremely time consuming. With computer programs for reading Chinese, you can simply select a character or word and the definitions are automatically displayed.
Chinese Toolbox takes this a step further by allowing you to identify characters and words in Chinese that you already know. As you practice reading, the characters and words of Chinese marked as Known are reinforced in your understanding and memory because you’re actually reading them; you’re not translating them.