So since you might have already heard that using a Chinese dictionary, the pure Chinese one is a lot harder than by just learning how to speak the language but don’t fret, before you go to that level, as a beginner, you can just make sure that you are already familiar with the Chinese words or its language.
Read – now if you have a Chinese dictionary, one tip that you can keep in mind so that it will be beneficial to your learning as you go along is that you need to read it every now and then, just like your huge textbooks in school, just read and read it even though you do not understand a thing or it makes no sense to you because eventually those words will be stuck in your head and when you already found a sentence where those words perfectly fit, then you would already be able to understand it.
Word of the day – what you can do with your Chinese dictionary so that you will enhance your Chinese vocabulary is to choose one word that you can learn each day, and try to use it in sentences, in every sentence that you can imagine or you have in mind where it perfectly fits. This is actually a common tip when you are learning a new language, try to broaden your vocabulary so that in time, you will become fluent in it and you would not be grasping for words every time you are communicating with someone in Chinese or explaining yourself or when you find yourself lost in a place where Chinese is their sort of national language. When you choose to have a word of the day, since there are a lot of things that you need to do in a day, what you can do in order to retain it in your mind is to review them every night before you sleep, therefore the longer the days you will be practicing your Chinese words, the longer your list in your Chinese vocabulary.
Train your ears – Now when you have a Chinese dictionary, especially the digital ones or electronic ones, try to use it often as possible and play some Chinese words or phrases so that your ear will be able to familiar and then once you speak it, you will also be able to follow or be influenced by how it is pronounced or said. And when you are using the electronic Chinese dictionary, try to follow each Chinese word as clearly as possible and also as loud as you can be, so that your ear as well will be able to notice if what or how you say it is the same as how a native says it through your electronic Chinese dictionary.
Movie buddy – And also, another tip that you can keep in mind is that when you try to watch Chinese movies even though if there is a subtitle, try to tag along with your Chinese dictionary so that you will be able to use it as your quick reference, it could be fun, again it will be a win-win situation since aside from the fact that you will be able to enjoy your movie, you will also be able to enhance your Chinese skills.