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Chinese Characters

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A few characters

Many of the most common characters in Chinese have a rich history and are easy to remember. We've put together just 44 characters that give a flavour of what Chinese is all about. For more information about learning chinese pleasego to our introduction page.

Numbers

yi : 1; One
one
èr
er : 2; two
two
sān
san : 3; Three
three

si : 4; Four
four

wu : 5; Five
five
liu
liu : 6; six
six

qi : 7; Seven
seven

ba : 8; eight
eight
jiǔ
jiu : 9; nine
nine
 
shí
shi : 10; Ten
10
bǎi
bai : 100; hundred
100
qiān
qian : 1000; Thousand
1,000
wàn
wan : 10000; ten thousand; myriad; countless
10,000
líng
ling : zero
0
Dates

wu : midday
noon

ri : sun; day
day
xīngqī
xing : starqi : phase; stage
weekday
yuè
yue : moon; month
month
nián
nian : year
year
Directions
běi
bei : north
north
dōng
dong : east
east
nán
nan : south
south

xi : west
west
zhōng
zhong : centre; middle
centre
Verbs
shì
shi : is; yes; correct
is
yǒu
you : have; possess
has
zǒu
zou : walk; go
walk
Pronouns

wo : I
I

ni : you
you

ta : he; she; it
he
mén
men : s
[plural]
Nouns
shū
shu : book; write
book
rén
ren : person
person
jīng
jing : capital
capital
guó
guo : country; kingdom
country
yǒu
you : friend
friend
Others
yīng
ying : flower; hero; english
hero
měi
mei : beautiful
beautiful

ge : 'thing'
[measure
things]
běn
ben : root; book
[measure
books]
shàng
shang : up; above
up
xià
xia : down; below
down
wàng
wang : towards
towards

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