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The most common 1000 Chinese characters


There are tens of thousands of Chinese Characters. But the common Chinese Characters are not a lot. The China Education Department has announced the using usually and hypo-usually Chinese Characters; there are about 3500. In fact, according to the statics, if someone knows the most common 1000 Chinese characters then he or she can read 90% Characters of the modern literary language of the China.

This site contains the most common 1000 Chinese characters, which is arranged from the high usage ratio to the low usage ratio. Then you can know the most basic and useful Chinese characters quickly.

How to write Chinese characters
The order of strokes of Chinese characters are traditionally classified into eight basic forms, each appearing in the character "eternally" and according to their contemporary names("Dian", "Heng", "Shu", "Gou", "Ti", "Pie", "Duan Pie", "Na"). Though somewhat arbitrary, this system has remained popular for nearly two millenia. Go to this page to learn more about the order of strokes of Chinese characters.