Until this section is more complete, use
to look up characters and a textbook such as Reading & writing Chinese: simplified character edition by William McNaughton and Li Ying.
This resource has a huge number of characters and you can search by combining component elements with +: CTEXT
To use this website you need to have a large Unicode font, e.g. the free Hanazono, installed on your computer.
This is a new section on very difficult characters.
In this course's Conversation vocabularies and Dictionary, Traditional Characters are written in brackets, except for easily recognisable Simplified elements such as: 讠(言)，贝(貝)，见(見)，金(金)，马(馬)，鸟(鳥)，门(門) and 鱼(魚).
Frequently one Simplified character results from two or more Traditional characters. Note:
- Traditional characters make this difference depending on whether 'you' is male or female: 你 (male), 妳 (female), both nǐ.
- 侄子 zhízi 'nephew' and 姪女 zhínǚ 'niece' are simplified as: 侄子 and 侄女.
Sometimes usage is just different:
- 老闆 lǎobǎn 'boss' is 老板.
- 藉口 jièkǒu 'excuse' is 借口.
Do you just have to memorise them?