The First 1000 Chinese Characters


The definitive list of the most frequently used Mandarin Chinese characters, based upon the Chinese Ministry of Education’s official list, curated by us with love.

Each entry contains:

  • Simplified and Traditional character
  • Pinyin pronunciation
  • English keyword and extra definitions
  • The character’s radical/component breakdown
  • The three most common HSK words

The characters contained within this list cover over 90% of the text used in modern Mandarin Chinese and therefore provides a sturdy base on which to begin your studies.

Perfect for beginner and intermediate learners.