How to look up a Chinese character

February 21, 2008 at 12:30 am (Languages)

1. Identify the radical.
2. Look up the radical in the radical list. The radicals are listed in order of strokes. Each radical has its own column numer. The radical’s column number should be noted.
3. Count the number of strokes of the rest of the character (the number of strokes of the entire character minus the radical’s number of strokes).
4. Look up the radical’s column number. In that column, go to the portion dealing with the requisite number of strokes for the character.
5. In section, find the character being looked up. Once found, note pronunciation.
6. Look up word by pronunciation.



  1. S. Weasel said,

    Heh. I got Uncle B to buy me a Chinese dictionary for Christmas one year. I finally figured out how to look stuff up, but it sure is work.

    The cooler part was browsing the character section and seeing how many different things one character could represent.

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