Learn 100 Chinese characters in Chinese

This list helps, especially for knowing about 80 characters that can help beginners to the language compose simple sentences. The number indicates the character’s usage in most Chinese conversations.

1 的 (de / 95.9) – particle used after an attribute

2 一 (yī / 94.3) – noun one

3 是 (shì / 93.0) – verb to be; adjective correct, right

4 不 (bù / 91.8) – adverb no

5 了 (le / 90.7) – particle used after an action that has taken place or changed

6 在 (zài / 89.7) – preposition in, on, at; adverb indicating an ongoing action

7 人 (rén / 88.7) – noun human, people, person soul

8 有(yǒu / 87.8) – verb have, possess, get, there is

9 我 (wǒ / 86.9) – pronoun I; 我的 wǒde my; 我们 wǒmen we, us

10 他 (tā / 86.1) – pronoun he, him; 他的 tāde his

11 这 (zhè / 85.3) – pronoun this, these

12 个 (gè / 84.7) – general measure word for nouns without specific measure words; adjectiveindividual

13 们 (men / 84.1) – pronoun used to form a plural pronoun

14 中 (zhōng / 83.5) – noun center, middle, in the midst of; abbrev。 China

15 来 (82.9 / lái) – verb arrive, come; indicate an intended action; particle indicate time period from past to present

16 上 (shàng / 82.4) – preposition on, above, upper; verb go up, go to, leave for; adjective last, most recent

17 大 (dà / 81.8) – adjective great, large, big; age; eldest

18 为 (wèi / 81.3) – preposition for, in the sake of

19 和 (hé / 80.8) – conjunction and; preposition in connection to, with; adjective gentle; noun total, sum

20 国 (guó / 80.3) – noun country, state; adjective national

21 地 (dì / 79.8) – noun the ground; land, soil; place, area

22 到 (dào / 79.3) – verb arrive, reach, go to; preposition up until, to

23 以 (yǐ / 78.8) – preposition by, for; conjunction and, as well as

24 说 (shuō / 78.4) – verb to say, speak, talk; to explain; to scold

25 时 (shí / 77.9) – noun period of time; time of day, hour

26 要 (yào / 77.5) – verb to want, ask for, wish; must, should; shall, will; take, need; adjectiveimportant, essential

27 就 (jiù / 77.1) – adverb at once, right away; already; precisely

28 出 (chū / 76.7) – verb to go out, go beyond; exceed; to issue, produce; to happen

29 会 (huì / 76.3) – verb can, be able to; would, might; to assemble; to meet; noun meeting, party; association

30 可 (kě / 76.0) – verb can, may; conjunction but, yet, however

31 也 (yě / 75.6) – adverb too, as well, also; used for emphasis

32 你 (nǐ / 75.2) – pronoun you, yourself; your (used with 的 de)

33 对 (duì / 74.9) – adjective right, correct; opposite; verb to answer, reply; preposition with regard to

34 生 (shēng / 74.5) – verb to bear, to give birth to; noun student; adjective alive, living; unripe, raw

35 能 (néng / 74.2) – verb can, could, be able to; noun ability, skill; energy; adjective capable, able

36 而 (ér / 73.8) – conjunction and, as well as, to

37 子 (zǐ / 73.5) – noun son, child; person; copper; adjective young, tender, small; affiliated

38 那 (nà / 73.2) – pronoun that, then

39 得 (dé / 72.8) – verb to get, obtain; be satisfied; be suitable; (of calculation) result in, equal

40 于 (yú / 72.5) – preposition in, on, at; from; by

41 着 (zhe / 72.2) – particle added to a verb or an adjective to indicate a continued action

42 下 (xià / 71.9) – preposition below, under; verb to go down; to come; adverb down; noun next (in order)

43 自 (zì / 71.6) – pronoun self; preposition from, since; adverb of course, certainly

44 之 (zhī / 71.2) – particle used between an attribute and the word it modifies

45 年 (nián / 70.9) – noun year; age; adjective annually, yearly

46 过 (guò / 70.6) – verb to cross, pass; to exceed; to spend (time); adverb too

47 发 (fā / 70.3) – verb to give, issue, emit; to start; to feel; to shoot; measure word for bullets and shells

48 后 (hòu / 70.0) – noun behind, back, rear; after; later; last

49 作 (zuò / 69.8) – verb to write, compose; regard as; noun writings; work

50 里 (lǐ / 69.5) – preposition in, inside; noun inner; hometown; neighborhood; measure word unit of length

51 用 (yòng / 69.2) – verb to use, apply; to consume, drink, eat; noun expenses; adjective utility, use

52 道 (dào / 68.9) – noun road, way; method; Taoism; verb to say, speak; measure word for long, narrow objects; doors, walls; questions, orders; courses in a meal

53 行 (xíng / 68.7) – verb to go; to travel; to cover; to do; to perform; to publish; noun conduct

54 所 (suǒ 68.4) – noun place; office; measure word for houses, schools, hospitals

55 然 (rán / 68.1) – adjective right, correct; adverb so, like that

56 家 (jiā / 67.9) – noun family; house; household, home; an expert

57 种 (zhòng / 67.6) – verb to grow, plant; to cultivate; to sow

58 事 (shì / 67.3) – noun matter, affair, business; work, job; trouble, accident; involvement, responsibility

59 成 (chéng / 67.1) – verb to accomplish, succeed; to turn into, become; noun result, achievement

60 方 (fāng / 66.8) – noun square; direction; place, locality; side; party

61 多 (duō / 66.6) – adjective a lot of, many, more; verb to have more; adverb to what extent

62 经 (jīng / 66.3) – verb to manage, deal with; to pass through, undergo, experience; bear; adjectiveregular, constant; preposition after

63 么 (me / 66.1) – suffix for certain characters (pronoun 什么shenme / what; 那么nàme / then, like that)

64 去 (qù / 65.8) – verb to go; to go to a place; to remove;

65 法 (fǎ / 65.5) – noun law; method; way; standard; model

66 学 (xué / 65.4) – verb to study, to learn; to imitate, mimic; noun school, college

67 如 (rú / 65.1) – verb like, as, if; for instance; conjunction if

68 都 (dōu / 64.9) – adverb all, both; even; already

69 同 (tóng / 64.7) – verb be the same as; adverb together, in common; preposition used for comparison

70 现 (xiàn / 64.4) – verb to show, to appear, to become visible; adjective present, current; nouncash, money

71 当 (dāng / 64.2) – verb should; act as; accept; deserve; preposition just at

72 没 (méi / 64.0) – verb to be without; not have; adverb not

73 动 (dòng / 63.8) – verb to move; to use; to touch; to arouse

74 面 (miàn / 63.6) – noun noodle; face; surface; measure word for flat things

75 起 (qǐ / 63.3) – verb to rise, to get up; to grow, to begin; adjective upward, up

76 看 (kàn / 63.1) – verb to see, to look at, to watch over; to look after, tend

77 定 (dìng / 62.9) – verb to decide, fix, set; to subscribe; adjective calm, stable; adverb surely, definitely

78 天 (tiān / 62.7) – noun sky, heaven; weather; time of day

79 分 (fēn / 62.5) – verb to divide, part, separate; to allot, distribute, assign; measure word for minute, cent, fraction, point, mark

80 还 (hái / 62.3) – adverb still, yet; even more; also, too; even

81 进 (jìn / 62.0) – verb to advance, move forward; to enter, get into

82 好 (hǎo / 61.8) – adjective good, fine, well; done

83 小 (xiǎo / 61.6) – adjective small, little, minor; young, youngest; a bit

84 部 (bù / 61.4) – noun part, section; headquarters, department; measure word for machines, vehicles; films

85 其 (qí / 61.2) – pronoun his, her, its, their; he, she, it, they; that, such

86 些 (xiē / 61.0) – measure word some, few; a little more

87 主 (zhǔ / 60.8) – noun host; master; owner; adjective main; verb to manage, to take charge

88 样 (yàng / 60.6) – noun appearance, shape; sample, pattern; type

89 理 (lǐ / 60.4) – noun reason, logic, truth; verb to manage, run; to put in order

90 心 (xīn / 60.2) – noun heart; core, center; feeling; mind; intention

91 她 (tā / 60.0) – pronoun she, her, hers

92 本 (běn / 59.8) – noun book, script; adjective current; adverb at first, originally measure word for books

93 前 (qián /59.6) – noun front; forward; ahead; ago; before

94 开 (kāi / 59.4) – verb to open, open up; to begin, start; to operate; to hold (a meeting)

95 但 (dàn / 59.2) – conjunction but, still, yet; adverb only

96 因 (yīn / 59.0) – preposition because of noun cause, reason

97 只 (zhǐ / 58.8) – adverb only, merely, just, but

98 从 (cóng / 58.6) – preposition from, through, past; verb to follow; to comply, obey

99 想 (xiǎng / 58.4) – verb to think, to ponder; to miss; to want (doing something)

100 实 (shí / 58.2) – adjective solid; real, true; factual; noun reality, fact; fruit; seed

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