Next Step: Chinese Dictionary

I learned how to type with Google Pinyin Input yesterday, so I think the next step for me is finding a good (and free!) Chinese dictionary.

This is a problem which is easy to solve. Just google ‘Chinese English dictionary’, you’ll find tons of them.

For example, this one:

LINE Dictionary Chinese – English

LINE? I think it’s from Korea?

LINE Dictionary has audio button which sounds natural enough (I mean, like a real person, I haven’t started learning so I wouldn’t know).
There’s a banner which says “Search Chinese characters easily by drawing!”. Free download for offline LINE dictionary app. At the bottom, it says: ‘contents provided by Collins’. Amazing. I can’t wait to start using it. Wait. I can use it. I know one word: ‘pinyin’ (romanization for Chinese). Let’s try.


I look up my 1st Chinese word on a dictionary.

OK, it looks great.

Let’s bookmark it.

I’m a complete beginner so I’m guessing LINE dictionary should be enough for now because I will start with very basic words anyway.

And since I will be learning very basic Chinese words, I can use my Korean to learn Chinese… so… Naver Dictionary for Chinese-Korean!
( Oh, I also have the Android app on my tablet because I use it to learn Korean.

Next, since I use DioDict4 which is free on Samsung Market for my Samsung tablet, maybe I can download a free Chinese dictionary, too?

Yes, yes, I can. Found this: Mantou Chinese-Korean Korean-Chinese Dictionary 2013. No English one. It’s a good thing I learned Korean first? (I am still learning Korean).

DioDict 4

DioDict4 on my tablet

DioDict 4 has audio for both Chinese and Korean entries and I really like the quiz function (also with audio).

Next, if I want to be able to look up Chinese words, I have to add Chinese input system (keyboard) on my tablet. Which one is it? Must be this 中文. Because 中 must be for ‘China’ (中国) and 文 means ‘sentence’? (Using my Japanese knowledge here). Yep, I was right.

Input on Samsung Tablet

Adding Chinese Input to Samsung Tablet

Now I can type Chinese and look up Chinese words on my Samsung tablet. Yay…!

Chinese Dictionary App on Samsung Tablet

Looking up the only Chinese word I know on Mantou Chinese – Korean Dictionary

I wonder… How are Chinese entries arranged in a dictionary? I mean, with thousands of Chinese characters! But I don’t have to look up words on a paper dictionary yet so it’s a question to be answered another time. ###


6 thoughts on “Next Step: Chinese Dictionary

  1. Chinese characters are probably arranged by radical in dictionaries, although I’ve never actually investigated it.

    The two main dictionaries that I’ve used are MDBG (online) and Pleco (iPhone/android application). I REALLY like Pleco, because there are a lot of awesome features, like breaking a character up into its different components, including its radical, showing what the components mean, showing what other characters those components are in, etc. You can also look up a character by its radical if you don’t know its pinyin, which is super helpful (assuming you can figure out what the radical is, which isn’t always easy).

    I’m definitely going to check out some of the dictionaries that you found as well, to see how they compare.

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    • First comment! Someday Korean 님, I didn’t know you learned Chinese. Thank you for answering my question (maybe so, makes sense) and thank you for giving recommendation for Chinese dictionaries, MDBG and Pleco. Sounds very useful. I’ll look for them and keep them for later use because I don’t know anything about radicals yet. 🙂

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    • You don’t have to know anything about radicals to use them, it’s just one of the features 🙂

      And yes, I’ve taken mandarin classes on and off since high school. I personally like Korean much better, but chinese is also a pretty cool language. There’s also a lot of vocabulary that’s pretty similar between Chinese and Korean, so that’s an advantage you’ll have knowing Korean.

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    • Great, let’s learn Chinese together! Yes, since all those Korean 한자어 are originally from China. It’s the Chinese sounds and the thousands Chinese characters that I’m worried about. But I believe time will solve everything. I’m curious about HSK, Chinese proficiency test. Maybe I can use the lowest level of it as the closest target for my study. Do you have any experience with it? 谢谢。

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    • Yes, I took the lowest level back in high school. I didn’t specifically prepare for it, though, it was just something my class did together.

      Don’t worry too much about the thousands of characters. They can be a bit overwhelming at first, but if you pay attention to the components of each character they can actually help you guess the meaning/pronunciation of new characters 🙂

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