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These are the 300 most frequently used characters in modern Chinese. Together, they account for approximately 65% of the characters typically encountered in a modern Chinese newspaper. These characters make up the Class I character set in the flashcards tool available on this website and as part of the Clavis Sinica software. To find out how many of them you already know, take the Chinese Character Test at the Beginner level and note your score at the end.
undefined NB : This page will blink when the gif format characters are loaded. The second Qing Emperor, KangXi, (reigned 1662-1722) decreed the compilation of a dictionary of all chinese characters used in China. When it was completed in 1716, it was duly named after him, The KangXi ZiDian, or KangXi Dictionary.
The radical ( Chinese : 部首 ) is an essential element of the Chinese dictionary. The list of Chinese radicals is a rough equivalent of a Chinese "alphabet". Every Chinese character is classified under a radical and characters with the same radical are sorted by the number of strokes ( Simplified Chinese : 画 ; Traditional Chinese : 畫 ) used in writing them. The number of strokes varies between 1 and 17. Characters belonging to a particular radical are in turn listed on the basis of the number of additional strokes.
A measure word (liàngcí 量词 量詞), also known as a classifier or a count word, is used along with numerals to define the quantity of a given object or objects, or with "this"/"that" to identify specific objects. Usage depends on personal preference and dialects. For example, some people use 三部车 (三部車) and others use 三台车 (三台車) to mean three cars.
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