Everyday Chinese Characters

100 Common Chinese Characters [Part 1]

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This is part 1 of a series in which you'll learn a total of 100 common Chinese Characters!

I recently shared my shortlist of apps for learning to read and write Chinese.

After that, some of you requested that I post more "character-focused content" on the blog from time to time ?

So... in today’s video, we’re going to take a look at some of the most commonly used Chinese characters. 

You’ll learn the core meaning of each character and see how it’s written. You’ll also see how it combines with other common characters to form words and sentences

(Note: If you want to dig deeper into "how Chinese characters work", my friends over at writtenchinese.com have a detailed beginners’ guide)

My favorite APPS for learning Chinese Characters

6 Everyday Chinese Characters with Example Words and Sentences

A complete summary from the video above.

Example words and sentences with "我" from the video above:

Words:

们 wǒ men: we/ us

家 wǒ jiā: my family

的 wǒ de: my

Sentences:

爱你。wǒ ài nǐ. (I love you.)

这是的新车。zhè shì wǒ de xīn chē. (This is my new car.)


Example words and sentences with "的" from the video above:

Words:

shì de: yes

bié de: other

hǎo de: good

Sentences:

,他是我爸爸。shì de, tā shì wǒ de bà ba. (Yes, he is my dad.)

衣服很漂亮。nǐ de yī fú hěn piào liàng. (Your clothes are really beautiful.)


Example words and sentences with "你" from the video above:

Words:

们 nǐ men: you (plural)

好 nǐ hǎo: hello

Sentences:

好!nǐ hǎo! (Hello!)

的耳环好酷啊!nǐ de ěr huán hǎo kù a! (Your earrings are so cool.)


My favorite APPS for learning Chinese Characters

Example words and sentences with "是" from the video above:

Words:

jiù shì: exactly

hái shì: or

dàn shì: but/ however

Sentences:

哪国人?nǐ shì nǎ guó rén?(What country are you from?)

我的生日7月10号。wǒ de shēng rì shì 7 yuè 10 hào. (My birthday is July 10th.)


Example words and sentences with "了" from the video above:

Words:

wèi le: in order to

chú le: except for

suàn le: let it pass

jí le: extremely

Sentences:

好极!hǎo jí le! (Extremely good!)

!我说完。hǎo le! wǒ shuō wán le. (Alright! I have finished speaking.)


Example words and sentences with "不" from the video above:

Words:

能 bù néng: can not

是 bù shì: is not

过 bù guò: but/ however

同 bù tóng: different

Sentences:

是加拿大人。wǒ bù shì jiā ná dà rén. (I'm not Canadian.)

能走。wǒ bù néng zǒu. (I can't go.)


Most Common Chinese Characters: 1-6

Character

Pinyin

English

I/ me

de

possessive p.

you

shì

to be/ is

le

completed action

no/ not

My favorite APPS for learning Chinese Characters

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