Words from Common Chinese Characters

This gallery contains the most common Chinese characters in order, along with some commonly used words constructed from the characters. The purpose here is to show how most characters only really make sense in the context in a word.

Characters have multiple and flexible meanings therefore knowing the most commonly used words they are used in helps to understand them in context.

Get a downloadable PDF list of the 1500 Most Common Chinese characters on which these graphics are based: Download the complete Hanzi WallChart 1500 Most Common Chinese Characters PDF List.

There’s also a free downloadable PDF eBook version of all of these graphics available at this website.

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Also you can now find videos of all of these words being pronounced by Angel Huang of Mandarin HQ. Use the character diagrams and videos together to study not only the written form but also spoken Chinese.

Follow the link at the end of the video or head directly to Mandarin HQ to access the full video playlist.