100 Most Common Chinese Characters – Part 1

Here are the first 50 words of TOP 100 most used Chinese characters, no matter what level you have, I’m sure they will help you a lot in your future Chinese learning!

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  1. 的 de – possessive particle used after an attribute
  2. 一 yī – n., one
  3. 是 shì – v., used like ‘be’ before nouns or pronouns to identify, describe or amplify the subject.
  4. 不 bù/bú – adv., used before verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs, never before the verb 有: not
  5. 了 le – particle, used after a verb or an adj. to indicate the completion of an action
  6. 在 zài – prep., in, on, at; [indicating action in progress]
  7. 人 rén – n., human, people, person
  8. 有 yǒu – v. to have, there is/are, possess
  9. 我 wǒ – pr., I, me
  10. 他 tā – pr., he, him
  11. 这 zhè – pr., this, these
  12. 个 gè – a measure word for general use
  13. 们 men – suf., used after pronouns  我, 你, 他, 它 or certain nouns
  14. 中 zhōng – n., centre; middle
  15. 来 lái – v., to come
  16. 上 shàng – v., to ascend, to go to
  17. 大 dà – adj., big; large
  18. 为 wèi – prep., for
  19. 和 hé – conj., and
  20. 国 guó – n., country
  21. 地 dì – n., ground, land, soil; place, area
  22. 到 dào – v., to arrive, to reach; prep., up until, to
  23. 以 yǐ – prep., with; by means of
  24. 说 shuō – v., to speak, to talk, say
  25. 时 shí – n., time; time of day, hour
  26. 要 yào – v., to want; to ask for, wish; have to; should
  27. 就 jiù – adv., at once, right after; already
  28. 出 chū – v., to go (or come) out
  29. 会 huì – v., can(unborn ability/possibility); be able to; n., meeting, party
  30. 可 kě – can; may; conj., but, yet, however
  31. 也 yě – adv., also, too, as well as
  32. 你 nǐ – pr., you(singular), your (used with ‘的’)
  33. 对 duì – adj., right, correct, opposite
  34. 生 shēng – v., to give birth to;
  35. 能 néng – v., can(inborn ability/possibility); be able to
  36. 而 ér – conj., and, as well as
  37. 子 zǐ – n., son; child
  38. 那 nà – pr., that, then
  39. 得 de – structural particle: used after a verb (or adjective as main verb), linking it to following phrase indicating effect, degree, possibility etc.
  40. 于 yú – prep., in, on, at; from; by
  41. 着 zhe – aux., added to a verb or adj. to indicate a continued action or state, often with the particle 呢 at the end of the sentence
  42. 下 xià – prep., below, under; v., to go down; to come;
  43. 自 zì – pr., self; prep., from, since
  44. 之 zhī – particle used between an attribute and the word it modifies
  45. 年 nián – n., year; age
  46. 过 guò – v., to spend (time), to cross, pass; adv., too
  47. 发 fā – v., to send (out); issue; emit
  48. 后 hòu – n., back; behind; afterwards; later
  49. 作 zuò – n., writings; work; v., to rise; grow
  50. 里 lǐ – n., inside; lining (of a garment); inner;
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