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100 Most Common Chinese Characters (#81-100) Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

It’s been a long journey, but we’re finally to the last 20 of the 100 most common Chinese characters in our video series.

行 – xíng
go; OK

方 – fāng
side; square

又 – yòu
again; both… and…

如 – rú
like; as; as if

前 – qián
in front; previous; ago

所 – suǒ

本 – běn
measure word for books, periodicals, etc.

见 – jiàn
meet with; appear to be

经 – jīng
longitude; scripture

头 – tóu
head; top; first

面 – miàn
face; surface; noodles

公 – gōng
public; official

同 – tóng
same; with

三 – sān

已 – yǐ
stop; cease; end

老 – lǎo

从 – cóng
from; through

动 – dòng
move; change

两 – liǎng
two; 50 grams

长 – cháng
long; lasting; length

In case you missed any of the others, here they are.





Don’t be intimidated by the thousands upon thousands of Chinese characters that exist. Learn these 100 and you’ll be doing just fine. Learn a few hundred more and you’ll be able to read menus, street signs, storefronts, and so on. I honestly only know 3-400 Chinese characters and I get along pretty well here. Of course, if you want to read and write Chinese then you’ll have to put in a lot more effort and learn a few thousand characters.

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Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.

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