Here we are going to make a compilation of the most frequently used characters in modern, simplified Chinese. The most common Chinese characters are put in order of frequency from the highest to the lowest.

The list is created using statistic list of Chinese characters and dictionaries. All characters are presented in falling statistical order. Pronunciations are specified according to Pinyin and for some characters a number of different possible pronunciations are given. Examples of common words are given.

This list of the most common Chinese characters is based on Jun Da’s research. He presents detailed statistics for the use of Chinese characters on his web-sites.

According to the statistics, knowledge of a given number of the most common characters should result in the following estimated understanding of the Chinese language:

Chinese Characters UnderstandingChinese Characters Understanding
10042%160095.0%
20055%170095.5%
30064%180096.0%
40070%190096.5%
50075%200097.0%
60079%210097.4%
70082%220097.7%
80085%230098.0%
90087%240098.3%
100089%250098.5%
110090%260098.7%
120091%270098.9%
130092%280099.0%
140093% 290099.1%
150094%300099.2%

The Most Common Chinese Characters – Top 10

The Most Common Chinese Characters – Top 11 ~ 30

The Most Common Chinese Characters – Top 31 ~ 50

The First 100 Chinese Characters: Simplified Character Edition: The Quick and Easy Method to Learn the 100 Most Basic Chinese Characters

McGraw-Hill’s Chinese Dictionary and Guide to 20,000 Essential Words: A New Method for Non-Native Speakers to Look Up the 2,000 Most Commonly Used Characters in Chinese

Please refer to http://www.zein.se/patrick/3000char.html for the 3000 common Chinese characters.

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