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Look up Chinese characters by picture. Search for a Chinese character on a picture here.

It is as simple as 女 + 也 = 她. Just put together the small parts of Chinese characters! Click the characters in my table!

Look up Chinese characters by picture here!

Hint: skip any explanations of how to Look up Chinese characters by picture for the first time and just start clicking the characters below.

E 丿 𠂉𠂉 䒑 𠆢𠆢 广 ⺈ ⻌ ⺗ 𧘇𧘇 𰀁𰀁 阝 𠂇𠂇

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How to look up Chinese characters by picture faster?

Have you just seen a catchy Oriental T-shirt or a mystery Asian tattoo? And do you want to find the Chinese character to know what does it mean, don't you?

How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture? First, take a picture. Then, try to slowly break the Chinese character apart to several small components and click them one by one. A lot of components for simpified Chinese are available above.

***** Quick example! Tap 又, 爫, 𠂇, then finally and you will find 爱. And this character means LOVE *****

Congrats! You've done it. Look up Chinese characters by picture by finding them in the table and click any Chinese character components this way to assemble your character from the
HSK exam set (2644 popular simplified Chinese characters, composing more than 5k words).

So, start finding and tapping the parts from the Chinese character that you want to type and translate.

Good news again! You don't have to draw anything fast using a mouse or your finger. It may be cool (apps for iOS & Android are available), but doesn't work easily with Chinese characters like for the beginners, who don't want to go crazy trying to draw the proper sketch on the fly.

Start search for a Chinese character when you see it on a picture by building the Chinese characters from its parts right now just like LEGO sets only with simple clicking on the building blocks above! Below you will find a few important rules to help you look up Chinese characters by picture:

1. Once again! These rules help to navigate the table, they are for Absolute Beginners, — © David Bowie, — just like you and me. I'm just a coder, who loves Chinese and wants to help other people to look up Chinese characters by picture without dictionaries, knowing the brush strokes order (yes, it's from the Chinese calligraphy), 214 kanji radicals, and studying pinyin (sound and typing) for every character.

2. Our hearts often make us make mistakes! And works just the same way! So, if you are looking for something like 思 with this unusual bottom part, or having the same pattern in 忽 or 息, tap the 心 character first, — and then any upperparts. I made the heart red (as a reminder).

UPD: From now on the bottom part is also available as ⺗.

By the way, the Chinese character 心 crossed by '一' means 必 (must). Well, sometimes we have to do something that we don't like.

3. While handling a Chinese character with the ⻏ components, be careful. They have a different meaning, which depends on its position in a symbol (at the left or the right side).

Right '⻏', for example, gives you a gallery (廊). But the left '𠂇' could bring a fall (堕). I made the marks 'L' and 'R' to help you to pick up the proper building block. And clicking the Chinese character without the marks means looking for both forms simultaneously.

4. For the cases with 'legs' like (look at the bottom!), tap the '⻏' symbol.

5. In general, to look up Chinese characters by picture using my site, don't be in a hurry. First, try to find the biggest, but simple 'puzzle parts' like 又, 目, or 贝. As a rule, you have to read only through several first lines of characters, to find the first key.

6. And as we all know, most Chinese words contain two, three, and even more characters. Have you found the Chinese character with my visual dictionary? Click it to find out the HSK words using it — or copy the character to the clipboard with the button to search in bigger dictionaries.

The button 'Copy' may be out of order under the iOS at the moment. Oops!

7. The base contains 2644 simplified Chinese characters from the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) and more than 5000 words using these characters.

8. How could I forget about the following? The character is not the 囗 one! The second partner, from this pair, often contains something inside of it. But the first character, the blue one, is always empty!

Click them in the table above to see a big difference. And use the blue one to find a Chinese character with an empty rectangle or a square.

9. Can you see the character you're looking for on this page above? Right here? You're lucky! The search is over! Tap the S=Stop icon after clicking it to know its meaning, pronunciation etc.

Need help? Want to look up Chinese characters by picture?

In a case, when you don't know how to find a Chinese character here, send me an email to chinese.site.help@gmail.com Please, fill the field Subject with the words 'Look up Chinese characters by picture'.



Look up Chinese characters by picture (effective tools)

1. Sure, I think that my site is the best choice for dealing with the issue How can I search for a Chinese character when I see it on a picture?

Why so? Because it helps to memorize the Chinese characters better.

2. But if you want only the speed, without any understanding of the components meaning, use Pleco or Google translate applications.

They do OCR (image recognition) and allow manual input.

3. And finally, if you're searching for an old Chinese character on a picture (or for a traditional character, not a simplified one),

use the superpower of 字典部首索引.

It will help you to look up Chinese characters by picture in 30k characters set, but it's not as simple for western people as this site.
NEW! My pinyin game in two versions: the quizzes inspired by HSK and Duolingo.

Last but not least! I was inspired to make this site by taken the free Chinese course on Duolingo.com. 非常感谢Duo!