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6,000 Most Frequent Characters (Traditional)

7.53MB. 39 audio & 53 images. Updated 2016-12-07.


There’s a copy of everything below [HERE] because it seems like I can’t make edits once it’s uploaded. Go [HERE] for the most recent edition. These are the 6,000 most frequently used traditional Chinese characters based on a list created by Shih-Kun Huang hosted on Chih-Hao Tsai's Technology Page. Card Front: Card Back: The card templates can also be reversed to display pinyin on the front with the character on the back. Above each card is the frequency # and links directly to the character on YellowBridge.com, MDBG.net and a vocabulary list generated by MandarinTools.com. This idea came from the outstanding “Most Common 3000 Chinese Hanzi Characters" deck. I wish I was focused on simplified! MDBG.net and Purple Culture's Chinese Tools were an indispensable part of creating this database. The CSS for fonts were copied and pasted from a blog post on Kendra Schaefer’s website. Google Sheets, LibreOffice, a lot of googling how to use excel and A LOT of copying and pasting brought everything together. If I knew then what I know now, it would have come together a lot faster! Tips for using the deck: I created a Chinese flashcard set using SuperMemo and a PalmPilot many, many moons ago... I added each card manually back then using the Practical Audio-Visual books published by National Taiwan Normal University. You could just get gungho and blaze through this deck without context or… You could pause the whole deck and add characters as they come in up in the textbooks you're using. This way you could separate the process of memorizing the characters and memorizing the vocabulary. You could also add sample vocabulary to each card as you move through the deck as I have in the example above. The cards currently lack sample vocabulary. It's pretty simple to style up the cards how you want them as well. When you jump into the card browser there's a “Cards..." button. Click that. This is where you can flip the deck or change the fonts. (Note: Going gungho through the first few hundred might not be a bad idea as they will come up ALL the time. There are tags for every 100 to make that easy for you. :) ) Here’s the Google Spreadsheet with commenting on. Here’s a Facebook Group I put together to discuss future decks and troubleshoot. Email can go to caseyabbottpayne at gmail dot com for questions/comments/corrections.

Sample (from 6000 notes)

Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
Frequency 2304
Pinyin tóng
Definition copper (chemistry); see also 红铜
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Tags 2400
Frequency 5518
Pinyin zuò
Definition oak; Quercus serrata
Sample 1
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Answer 1
Answer 2
Tags 5600
Frequency 231
Pinyin tōng
Definition to go through; to know well; (suffix) expert; to connect; to communicate; open; to clear; classifier for letters, telegrams, phone calls etc
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Answer 1
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Tags 300

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For the people who mention the error. I had that as well. I fixed it by removing the comment from the back template.
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See Review on 10/13/2020 to fix problem.
Simply delete " { { } }“ from the line. Leave everything else as is.

Just wish this also had ability to add picture images and built in pronunciation.
Maybe I'll do a deck in future as I am new to Anki.
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Well constructed, comprehensive deck of individual characters.
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Same bug as the other ppl
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Although I've barely looked at this, I think it's a great idea for a deck. Very easy to convert to simplified with excel as well if you know some translation tricks. There's a comment below with a link to a Google doc that no longer works, but I figured out how to do it pretty seamlessly as well.
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I've been using this for a year until I started getting this error message:
Back template has a problem:
Found '⁨{{}}⁩', but there is no field called '⁨⁩'
More information

I've tried searching what's wrong, but I still can't figure out what's wrong
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Really good deck
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Excellent resource! As the person said below, 破 and 驗 are mixed up, just correct it in your own deck and this is hands down the best deck for learning Traditional Chinese Characters :)
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Thank you!
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Just a heads up I think 破 and 驗 are mixed up, maybe just on mine
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amazing work
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This is an incredible resource. I use this deck as a secondary learning tool to help reinforce individual characters after previously learning them as a part of larger words and sentences (so I understand how they're used first!). THANK YOU for putting together this highly useful deck and sharing with everyone.
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This deck is awesome, but it is easy to burn out on it, so DO IT SLOWLY and WITH OTHER MATERIAL. It's helped me learn about 800 words already. I highly recommend if you are fluent listening to the language but have a deficit in your reading comprehension!

For anyone having the issue:
Back template has a problem: Found '⁨{{}}⁩', but there is no field called '⁨⁩'

Go to Browse -> this deck -> Cards... -> Template -> Back Template.

Scroll down to the comment and delete the brackets in this section:

To include front of card on the back change the [[ ]] to {{ }} [[FrontSide]] } <------ DELETE THE "{{}}" FROM THIS LINE
You'll also want to remove the HTML above and copy and paste
<hr id=answer>
below for a seperating line
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Debug info is listed below. I'm getting the following error when using this deck. I'm really eager to try it out. Any help would be appreciated.

Back template has a problem:
Found '⁨{{}}⁩', but there is no field called '⁨⁩'
More information

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Perfect for my needs as I wanted to learn traditional characters only!
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Great deck
However I wanted to have simplified chars aswell , so I copied and modified the spreadsheet to add automatic google translation from trad to simplified, then all I had to do was to download the spreadsheet and reimport it into anki

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Very practical and essential!
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Good. Sometimes a simplified character has several different traditional characters. There are some errors.
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Very good.
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