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.
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!
(http://cndic.naver.com/) 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 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.
Now I can type Chinese and look up Chinese words on my Samsung tablet. Yay…!
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. ###