The 10-Language Dictionary of Chinese Characters

I've had this data all collected in various locations for years. And I've been frustrated with how long it still takes me to look things up. It's finally time to put them all together in a single place, and I really prefer having a physical book by my side. I'm old school and learned how to look up Chinese characters from a real Kangxi (康熙) order dictionary (the ones that use the traditional 214 Radicals).


This is, as far as I know the world's first Chinese character dictionary that includes readings in so many languages. What's great about this volume:

You can view the following ten languages side-by-side:

Japanese, Korean, Middle Chinese, Mandarin, Shanghainese, Taiwanese Hokkien, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Hakka, Wenzhounese, Fuzhounese

Granted, that's more than 10 languages. Both Shanghai and Wenzhou belong to the Wu language, but they are very different from each other, so you could consider them two languages.

Looking things up in a Chinese dictionary can be difficult, quite often. Here are ways that I've helped with this problem:

  • There's a radical lookup on the first page
  • There's a list of all characters by radical starting on the second page
  • Followed by a list of each index in the back of the book. You can click on anything in the electronic version and get taken there immediately.
  • From each index in the back of the book you can look up a word by its pronunciation.
  • If you're curious to know about the Middle Chinese rimes, you can even compare all the characters that belong to a specific rime, class, and tone.
  • Clicking on any character in an index will take you directly to that character entry.

Chinese characters are easy -- said nobody, ever. I'm an old hand at Chinese, but I still prefer having a print version by my side. I've got several here, each one for a specific language, and it means I always have a pile of books around me.

We've decided to make the dictionaries available in electronic format.

Features inside include:

  • Over 5000 Characters
  • Radical and Stroke Lookup
  • Middle Chinese readings with Rime and Grade Index
  • Readings in IPA, Universal Pinyin, and native scripts
  • Both literary and colloquial readings included
  • Cross-reference tables of tones in each language
  • Cross-reference tables of consonant endings in each language
  • Separate index available for each language
  • Both Japanese Onyomi and Kunyomi readings with an index for both
  • Explanation of Middle Chinese evolution to the modern languages
  • Fast lookup: click on any character

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