Learning Chinese Symbols Made Easy

Part of making Chinese symbols easier to learn is having a simple means of looking up Chinese characters.

With the Easy Lookup system, looking up a character (if all you have to go on is its shape) is easy, even if you are new to learning Chinese Characters.

The Easy Lookup System divides Chinese Characters into 12 Categories based on shape.

Each Category is further divided into 16 groups (or less). Each group contains characters with the same initial shape element. To find a character all you have to do is figure out which group it belongs to.

The Easy Lookup System makes it easy to lookup both Simplified and Traditional Chinese characters.

The Simplified Index sorts Simplified Chinese characters according to their initial element.

The Initials Index is an Easy Lookup index that sorts Traditional Chinese character via their initial elements.

The Finals Index sorts Traditional Chinese characters via their final elements.

The key to using both the Simplified and Initials index is figuring out the Initial element of a character. Once you understand how to figure out the initial element then the lookup steps for finding a Chinese character are relatively simple.

One way that Easy Lookup can make character lookup via Radical easier is to sort Traditional Chinese Character radicals using the easy lookup system. The Easy Lookup Radicals is the result of that.

Find out more about the Easy Lookup Chinese English Dictionary

Memorizing Chinese Characters

Learning to write Chinese characters (and remembering how to write them) can be tedious and time-consuming. While there is no getting around the need for practice, there is a simple way to make memorizing Chinese characters (so that you can write them without having to think about how to write them) less tedious. It can actually make learning to write Chinese characters enjoyable.

Writing Chinese Symbols with a Pen

If you don't have a brush or brush pen, you can practice writing Chinese symbols with a pen or pencil (or even a crayon.)

Sometimes you just want to know the Chinese character for a given thing or concept.

  • Here are some commonly looked up Chinese symbols and their meanings.
  • Here are a few more pages related to Chinese Symbols and Meanings:

    There are also Chinese symbols for:

  • Family
  • Love
  • and Chinese symbols for
    The Four Seasons
  • If you want to input Chinese characters, you could always use a phonetic input method. But if you haven't yet learned the sounds of Chinese characters, you can still input Chinese characters via a keypad with this:

    Learning Chinese Characters In Context

    If you really want to learn a language it helps to see words in context. To get a better feel for Chinese characters or symbols it can help to see the in the context of a sentence, or even better (or at the least, more fun) the context of a story.

    Starting with an article from the Chinese Wikepedia site, I've back translated the plot description for the movie The Martian. I like science fiction and I really liked this movie, and since I had a pretty good idea of the plot, it made figuring out the Wikepedia article a little bit easier. Because it is science fiction the story contains words that you probably won't see in an everyday context. But on the other hand it also gives you a taste of how science fiction concepts (or science concepts) are handled with Chinese characters.

  • So here's the start of the plot description of the Martian in Chinese, broken across many pages to make assimilation a little easier.
  • And to look up words in English from the story you can use this English Chinese dictionary index.
  • It's not an extensive dictionary, but it does include most of the words used in the plot description of the Martian included here.