Learn How to Read and Write Chinese Characters

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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.

Learn to read and write Simplified Characters

Learn to read and write Traditional Characters