I was introduced to a software yesterday that blew me away! I didn't find it posted elsewhere on the boards but I apologize in advance if it's already been mentioned.http://www.cjkware.com
I'm so amazed by it, what a way to learn Chinese characters! Basically the way it works is, once you've downloaded the software -- each time you put your cursor over Chinese characters (in webpages, Word documents, etc.) -- a little window appears next to your cursor showing the translation, the pronunciation, and the characters themselves in both complicated and simplified versions, AND, you can hear how the word is actually pronounced.
Away with Chinese-English dictionaries!