Chinese dictionary, words/ideographs ordering

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Léa Massiot
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Chinese dictionary, words/ideographs ordering

Postby Léa Massiot » Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:35 am

Hello,

Thank you for reading my post.

I am wondering how Chinese dictionaries are constructed.
In English, if I want to find the definition for the word "tree", I open a dictionary, look for the words beginning with a "t", then for the words beginning with the two letters "tr" and so on...
Another example: suppose I want to know how to say (and how to write) the word "tree" in Chinese.
How do I do?
What does an English <-> Chinese dictionary look like?
How are Chinese words/ideographs ordered?
What would be the "position" of the Li (李) characters in a Chinese dictionary?

Thank you and best regards,
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Léa

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