Easy Lookup Finals Index for Traditional Chinese Characters

The Easy Lookup Finals Index for Traditional Chinese Characters (Finals Index for short) is one of three Easy Lookup indexes included in the Easy Lookup Chinese English Dictionary.

It divides Chinese characters into 12 categories each with a maximum of 16 groups based on based on the shape of their final element.

Because characters are categorized (and grouped) entirely based on shape, you don't need to know a characters radical or pronounciation to look a character up.

12 Character Categories For Easy Lookup

Below you can see the 12 categories and their associated groups for the Finals index.

Box:
口台言古占君谷呂囗田日者旨曰白目
Cover:

冋雨丙而冊甬冉用丹月⺼
Bottom:
凵山出缶臼甘廿亡甚匸臣虐陋彗
Horizontal:
一上皿韭立工士至里王生金主隹
Cross:
十早車干午辛夆羊牛奉聿舛耳廾开
Vertical:
丨介中巾卩阝卜斤不木罙束業禾兼米
Left:
亅小水丁寸于才子母幻勹匆力丂弓
Right:
乚虎匕龍乜兄兀几巳㔾气弋戈戉
O:
人欠火大犬天矢夫吳疋六共只貝貞頁
K:
乂又夜隻殳支及夂攵女艮癶衣巛
Slant:


丿
少彡今夕
Dot:
丶冫心恩必恭灬焦為鳥厶禸瓜虫幺令

Each category has a name as well as a shape associated with it.

The shape for a category is typical of all groups within that category. For example:

Groups within the Box category include characters that end with some variation of the Box 囗 shape:
台言古占君谷呂囗田日者旨曰白目 .

Groups within the K category include characters that end with some variation of two uncrossed legs:
人欠火大犬天矢夫吳疋六共只貝貞頁.

Groups within the Bottom category only include characters that end with some variation of the Bottom 凵 shape:
凵山出缶臼甘廿亡甚匸臣虐陋彗

Note that the Bottom category includes what could be thought of as a bottom left corner as in 亡, or a bottom right corner as in 彗.

Groups in turn contain characters that end with the Group shape.

Why Use a Finals Index?

Some groups within the Initials index contain a lot of characters. The 氵 group, which is part of the 丶 category in the initials index has over 400 characters. That's a lot of characters to search through. And even with sub groups, the number can be quite large. Here is the 丶 sub-group of that same group:
沁泌洲洮浦溥淺滅減浪溴泊澔激澳滓溶瀋瀉渲
濱演淙浣淀涴沱濘溏渡濂瀍漉瀌泳漣澶濠淳涼
瀼瀛淤游漩液澈流泫淬滾濟注汶灕汴滸泣漳灨
瀧涪潼滴渧滂

When searching for a character that's initial element is part of a large group, it can be easier to find that same character using the finals index.

For example, 溏 is part of this Finals group:
唐唐溏糖塘瑭醣搪螗

涪 is part of this Finals group:
咅掊焙碚倍蓓賠培醅陪踣涪菩

In both cases, there are slightly less characters to search through.

With the Finals index it is also possible to see characters with the same endings grouped together. Often in cases like this these characters will have the same pronounciation or pronounciations that rhyme. That can make it easier to remember a characters' pronounciation.

Another advantage of seeing characters with the same end elements grouped together is that it can make it easier to learn the cangjie input codes for those characters. Cangjie is a shape based input system that allows you to touch type Chinese characters.

Having the option to see characters grouped together by final elements, and also having the option to directly navigate between these character entries, makes it easy to see changes in cangjie codes, and easy to see changes in pronounciation, if you are interested in learning that.