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Most Common 3000 Chinese Hanzi Characters

54.39MB. 3000 audio & 1 images. Updated 2015-12-19.

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Description

Sorted by frequency of use (using the order from Jun Da's Modern Chinese Character Frequency List: http://lingua.mtsu.edu/chinese-computing/statistics/char/list.php?Which=MO ) NEW, as of December 19 2015, added traditional script (including the multiple origins of simplified characters -- for instance, 发 includes both 發 and 髮 ). Taken from http://www.sayjack.com/ , can be referenced here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hDUg7KXsUExDgkBYCqXMnzjQEZb2tSakk5VmiKdMgKw/edit?usp=sharing Includes HSK level (for easy filtering/focus), audio, pinyin, stroke number, radical, meaning and stroke order (animated and font-based when available). Most info is taken from the MDBG Chinese Dictionary (http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php) but the characters link by default to the Yellow bridge dictionary (http://www.yellowbridge.com/chinese/dictionary.php) The cards also use Reinaert Albrecht's Chinese Stroke Order Font: http://rtega.be/chmn/index.php?subpage=68 I personally use this list to practice my calligraphy, writing the character a couple times before and after seeing the diagram. All the info in this deck can be referenced from this google sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1j5-67vdCUeAuIzmikeCgNmXaFZTuXtT4vesjnrqSOjI/edit?usp=sharing Note that the diagram errors are a glitch on ankiweb's site, they do not appear on the deck once downloaded.

Sample (from 3000 notes)

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Hanzi
Traditional
Diagram
HSK 4
FrequencyRank 2359
StrokeNumber 9画
Radical 饣 + 6
Pinyin bǐng
Pinyin 2
Meaning rice-cakes, biscuits
Notes
Notes URL
Audio
Ruby
Color
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Hanzi
Traditional
Diagram
HSK 6
FrequencyRank 2437
StrokeNumber 9画
Radical 行 + 3
Pinyin yǎn
Pinyin 2 yán
Meaning overflow, spill over, spread out
Notes
Notes URL
Audio
Ruby
Color
Tags
Hanzi
Traditional
Diagram
HSK 5
FrequencyRank 1588
StrokeNumber 6画
Radical 竹 + 0
Pinyin zhú
Pinyin 2
Meaning bamboo; flute; KangXi radical 118
Notes
Notes URL
Audio
Ruby
Color
Tags

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Reviews

on 1542206673
on 1539807645
Very useful to have an overview and to train writing!
on 1535487803
very good so far
on 1533458092
The deck is somewhat broken by indexing characters by the simplified version. Each traditional character has one simplification, but in many cases multiple characters were simplified into a single character. Also no stroke order is given for traditional characters.

Much better would be to put the traditional character in the field labeled hanzi, put the simplified character (of which there will be exactly 1 in a field called jianti, and show stroke order for both (even in the case where the characters are identical).

E.g.
hanzi: 麵
jianti: 面
meaning: noodles
diagrams: (麵 diagram) (面 diagram)
frequency: 1442
radical: 麥 (wheat)

Then as a separate entry:
hanzi: 面
jianti: 面
meaning: face
diagrams: (面 diagram) (面 diagram)
frequency: 57

This would be more consistent and more useful for learners. The character "麵" should never occur in the same entry as the translation "face" (or a character frequency of < 100)
on 1523232000
Very useful and works also well if one flips all cards!
on 1522454400
Sometimes shows handwritten Chinese. And I mean the lazy doctor scribble kind, not the proper you can see all the components kind with the mystique of calligraphy . While I would like to learn that writing system to save time writing on paper , I would like to start from the basics. As I understand it, everyone has their own handwriting and it can become pretty unclear to other people if we are just seeing scribbles.
on 1521417600
Very useful
on 1520812800
Does not download to Anki, Corrupts on Sync
on 1516233600
Very nice deck
on 1514851200
Corrupts anki on sync
on 1511740800
Excellent and flexible deck, saved me probably hundreds of hours making my own customizable and information-rich character set. Thank you so much!
on 1497139200
Great!

This is exactly what i was looking for, huge thanks to the creator, but it would be nice to have to radicals too.
on 1495065600
Deck design is great; character set only so-so

The deck is great overall; my main issue is with the source data. According to Jun Da, the researcher who compiled the list, the data sources include "only formal Modern Chinese texts... no efforts have been made to collect informal writings of Modern Chinese such as postings on various online BBS or email messages."

Jun Da also notes that "the top 1,056 characters account for 90% of our Modern Chinese collection, even though 9,933 distinct characters are identified". So focus on the first third of the list for maximum effectiveness. Personally, I felt that the last 500 or so characters (i.e. the least frequent) were extremely rare. I had never encountered most of them in written or spoken form during either my several years of Chinese study or my many more years living in China.

I think the ideal deck for most learners would include more "informal" sources, in order to give more weight to the kinds of characters that most non-native speakers will hear and see most frequently. This list would likely contain more characters used in conversational Chinese, as well as more "daily life" characters that one comes across in a Chinese language environment (e.g. food, transportation, work, family, and characters used primarily in names of people, places, and businesses).

Finally, it's worth noting that the source data is from 2005, and the Chinese language has experienced just as much change in that time (largely due to the internet) as English has.
on 1483833600
Some diagrams are missing

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on 1482624000
Perfect

Exactly as promised. I wish for a traditional character version too.
on 1478563200
Ask Questions on AnkiForum.com if you need help

Ask Questions on AnkiForum.com if you need help
on 1473897600
Best Deck I've found

It has everything you need to learn to read and pronounce the characters. You only need to remember the most common pronunciation which I find the audio files are. You can learn the less common ones later through experience.
I added Heisig's keywords to all cards that have a heisig keyword (because I finished heisig's Remembering the Kanji) and used the pinyin dictionary from yabla to add a few vocabulary words to get a better feeling for the character useage and meaning.
on 1452384000
Traditional Stroke Order

Hi, I really like your deck, but I'm having trouble customizing it to my needs; I'm learning traditional characters but can't find a way to change the stroke order diagram to link to Yellowbridge's traditional diagrams. Is there any way to do this? Thanks!