Zhuó and Zhe
What is the difference between 着 (zhuó) and 着 (zhe)? I know zhe is to make an action continuous right now and zhuó goes in sentences like "he is wearing..." Does zhuó have a meaning by itself? When I enter zhuó in google translate using a Chinese keyboard I get the right character, but it tells me it is zhe.
From looking at words, 着 by it self is always zhe, which has several meanings, but when combined with certain other "words" it makes a compound pronounced zhuo, (and other pronunciations.) I have confirmed this with my wife who is a native speaker, and a Chinese teacher/translator. The combination affects the pronunciation.
I recommend the Oxford Chinese Dictionary (the book, the app or the online paid service). Also, the dictionaries (EN-CN & CN-EN) are sold along with the Apple laptops, served as one of the built-in dictionary of the Dictionary.app. I recommend the app version because it can work offline and provide fast and convenient look-up. Your friends might have a spare Apple computer?
着 (zhuó) can mean “v. touch, wear” and a few more things. There are also other pronunciations and meanings of 着.