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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
place

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
three

已 – yǐ
stop; cease; end

老 – lǎo
old

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.

#1-20

#21-40

#41-60

#61-80

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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