Learn How to Read and Write Chinese Characters
Chinese Character Tutorial
If you're interested in reading and writing Chinese characters, there's no better place to get started than with the numbers 1-10. They are quite simple to write, useful to know, and are exactly the same in both the traditional and simplified writing systems.
So grab a piece of paper and a pencil, give a click on the links below, and try to write the characters with proper stroke order as demonstrated:
Now that you know these characters, you actually know how to read and write all the numbers through 100. That's because Chinese follows a very simple pattern for counting:
Ready for a challenge? Let's try something a little more interesting:
Because the Chinese simplified system is based on the traditional one, many characters are exactly the same in both systems, as we saw with the the numbers 1-10. Even for characters that aren't the same, you will often be able to see similarities. For example, have a look at the character for "love" in the simplified and traditional systems. Almost the same, right?
To get a bit more practical, here are the 25 most frequently
used characters in the Chinese language:
Want to keep going?
I've tested a lot of programs for learning Chinese characters, and after a long and disappointing search I finally decided to create my own system. It's still a work in process, but probably better than most programs you'll find out there. And it's completely free to use:
Continue learning Traditional Chinese characters
Continue learning Simplified Chinese characters
Not sure which style to choose?