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#A parser for the CC-Cedict. Convert the Chinese-English dictionary into a list of python dictionaries with "traditional","simplified", "pinyin", and "english" keys.
#Make sure that the cedict_ts.u8 file is in the same folder as this file, and that the name matches the file name on line 13.
#Before starting, open the CEDICT text file and delete the copyright information at the top. Otherwise the program will try to parse it and you will get an error message.
#Characters that are commonly used as surnames have two entries in CC-CEDICT. This program will remove the surname entry if there is another entry for the character. If you want to include the surnames, simply delete lines 59 and 60.
#This code was written by Franki Allegra in February 2020.
#open CEDICT file
with open('cedict_ts.u8') as file:
text =
lines = text.split('\n')
dict_lines = list(lines)
#define functions
def parse_line(line):
parsed = {}
if line == '':
return 0
line = line.rstrip('/')
line = line.split('/')
if len(line) <= 1:
return 0
english = line[1]
char_and_pinyin = line[0].split('[')
characters = char_and_pinyin[0]
characters = characters.split()
traditional = characters[0]
simplified = characters[1]
pinyin = char_and_pinyin[1]
pinyin = pinyin.rstrip()
pinyin = pinyin.rstrip("]")
parsed['traditional'] = traditional
parsed['simplified'] = simplified
parsed['pinyin'] = pinyin
parsed['english'] = english
def remove_surnames():
for x in range(len(list_of_dicts)-1, -1, -1):
if "surname " in list_of_dicts[x]['english']:
if list_of_dicts[x]['traditional'] == list_of_dicts[x+1]['traditional']:
def main():
#make each line into a dictionary
print("Parsing dictionary . . .")
for line in dict_lines:
#remove entries for surnames from the data (optional):
print("Removing Surnames . . .")
return list_of_dicts
#If you want to save to a database as JSON objects, create a class Word in the Models file of your Django project:
# print("Saving to database (this may take a few minutes) . . .")
# for one_dict in list_of_dicts:
# new_word = Word(traditional = one_dict["traditional"], simplified = one_dict["simplified"], english = one_dict["english"], pinyin = one_dict["pinyin"], hsk = one_dict["hsk"])
list_of_dicts = []
parsed_dict = main()