Learn to Read and Write Traditional Chinese Characters

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• The characters below are ordered by their frequency of use. For example, this first page includes the top 200 most commonly used Chinese characters. Frequency data source
 
• Knowing just 1,000 Chinese characters will enable you to understand approximately 90% of written communication. With 2,500 you'll understand around 98% of written Chinese, and knowing all the 4000 we have listed on these page will enable you to understand virtually 100%. With that, even a native Chinese would be considered literate.
 
• Traditional characters are used in Hong Kong and Taiwan, while simplified characters are used in China. About 65% of the 4000 characters we cover here are exactly the same in both styles -- and many others are quite similar. Therefore, knowing one style would definitely help with learning the other.

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