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These tools are very handy whenever you want to practice your Chinese reading skills. I especially love the Bookmarklet Tool as you literally just drag a bookmarklet onto your bookmarks bar on your browser (the same way you would bookmark any web page), and now whenever you come across a page with Chinese characters on it, simply click on the bookmarklet and voila! your web page suddenly now has mouseover pop-up annotation capabilities. Go try it out for yourself it’s very neat especially considering you don’t have to install anything!
This is available as a Firefox Add-on or Chrome Extension. Once you install it, it gives you mouseover pop-up annotation capabilities much in the same way that the Mandarin Spot Bookmarklet Tool does. I find that this is slightly more reliable though, as it will annotate almost every Chinese character on the web page whereas the Mandarin Spot Tool sometimes doesn’t work for some web pages or some parts of a web page.
Pleco is an excellent dictionary for your smartphone. It is available on both Android and iOS. I’ve been using it for a few years now and generally I find it very handy as whenever I need to lookup a word on the spot I can just pull out my phone and find definitions right there and then. Although I think the app has some limitations (I’ve found the definitions of some words weren’t that accurate especially when I double checked with some of my Chinese friends) but for its price (free with in-app purchases) I would certainly rate this app 5 out of 5 and a must-have for you aspiring Chinese learners.