Learn How to Read and Write Chinese Characters
While there are well over 50,000 Chinese characters, you don't need to know them all!
• Knowing just 1,000 Chinese characters will enable you to understand approximately 90% of written Chinese.
• Knowing 2,500 characters will enable you to understand approximately 98% of written Chinese.
• And knowing all the 4,000 characters in our database will enable you to understand virtually 100%.
• To be considered literate, you only need to recognize around 3000 characters.
Simplified characters are used in China, while traditional characters are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan. About 65% of the 4000 characters we cover below are exactly the same in both styles -- and many others are quite similar. Therefore, knowing one style would definitely help with learning the other.