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A list of the most common Chinese words ordered by their frequency of use. You can use this list to learn words efficiently, ensuring you cover the basic vocabulary of Chinese.

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     1. I; me; mywǒ, ě
           認識 高興xìng。 - I am pleased to meet you., tr=Rènshí nǐ wǒ zhēn gāoxìng.
            go1-4 每日 返工 遲到。 - My brother is late for work every day.
           今朝 公司 事體 。 - tr=1jin tsau&1kon sr&3hhieu+3zr thi&3ngu&1xi&2tseu leq, Today I have things to do in the company, (so) I'm leaving early (lit. ahead)., SH
     2. (literary, formal or dialectal) we; us; our
           (zh-co, 我國, our country, tr=wǒguó)
           (zh-co, 我市, our city, tr=wǒshì)
     1. you (the person spoken to or written to)
           . - hello
            今天 晚上 有空kòng ? - Are you free this evening?
            喜歡 。 - I like you.
     2. usage. In traditional Chinese, 你 may be used to specifically refer to a male person, while 妳 can be used for a female person. In simplified Chinese, only 你 is standard.
     1. bright; clear; distinctdì, dí
           (zh-alt-inline, ancient, c=1)
     2. white; white-coloured
     3. white forehead of horses; white-foreheaded horse
     4. centre of target for archery
           (zh-alt-inline, )
     5. aim; standard; criterion
     1. (literary) this; this thingshì
           是日 - this day
     2.    (literary, archaic) (ng, a pronoun that refers the object of the verb, used in an inverted object/verb construction, usually paired with the particle m, zh, 唯) in the form of m, zh, 唯 ……
     3.   唯 馬 首 是 瞻 - to look at the horse's head
     4. (copulative) to be
     5.    (indicating that the subject and object are the same.)
     6.   泰晤士河 是 英國 第二 長 的 河流。 - The River Thames is the second longest river in the UK.
     1. Variant of 尞liǎo
     2. Variant of 潦
     1. (chiefly Mandarin Jin Xiang dialectal Wu originally gender-neutral; nowadays usually referring to males) he; him; she; hertā, tuō
            。 - He went away.
            認識shi 。 - I know him.
     2. (ng, A dummy pronoun. Compare another pronoun, m, zh, 之), that is also a topicalizer
           (zh-x, 昏天黑地)
           (zh-alt-inline, )
     3. other; another
     1. Simplified form of 們
     1. Variant of 幺
     2. Simplified form of 麼
     3. usage. 麼 or 麽 is written as 么 and 麽 in simplified Chinese depending on the meaning. See 麼 to learn more.
     1. to have; to possess (gl, when a subject is present)yǒu
            。 - I have two cars.
           大象 -著着zhe - 鼻子zi。 - Elephants have long trunks.
     2. there is; to exist (gl, when a subject is absent)
            。 - There are a lot of people.
           這兒r ? - Are there any books here?
           這裡 -著着zhe 清新 空氣。 - There is fresh air here.
     1. to exist; to be alivezài
            ? - Are you here?
     2. to be at; to be in; to be located
            哪裡? - Where is he?
           旅館 購物.中心 附近。 - The hotel is located near the new shopping center.
            只塊。 - tr=ua2 do6 zi2 go3., I am here., MN-T
     3. be ...-ing; in the middle of doing something (indicating an action in progress)
     1. Variant of 這
     1. (zh-only, 什麼)shén, shé
     2. miscellaneous; assortedshí
     3. Alternative form of 雜
     4. (zh-only, 通什)
     5. (C, zh, Ten)
     6. (cln, zh, numeral symbols, numerals)
     1. (q, preceding verbs and adjectives) not
           這個 。 - This is not good.
            。 - He does not love you.
     2. (q, between a verb and a complement) can not
           (ant, zh, )
            。 - I can't see you.
     3. no (answer to a yes-no question)
     1. that; thosenà, nè, nèi
            ? - Who is that person?
            什麼? - What's that?
            為什麼 特別 tiāo ? - Why did you choose that one in particular?
            將近 四川 成都 郊區 百花橋。 - That year, I was about ten years old, living in Sichuan Province in a suburb of Chengdu city called Hundred Flowers., ref=
           (ant, zh, )
     2. then; in that case
     1. Variant of 來
     1. one
           (zh-co, , one short and one long, tr=yī cháng yī duǎn)
           (zh-co, , one dead, one injured, tr=yī sǐ yī shāng)
           (zh-co, , one high and one low, tr=yī gāo yī dī)
           (zh-co, , one day and one night, tr=yī tiān yī yè)
           (zh-co, , one day and one night, C, tr=jat1 jat6 jat1 je6)
           (zh-co, , one left, one right, tr=yī zuǒ yī yòu)
     1. to demand; to ask; to requestyāo
           yāo - to request
     2. to force; to coerce
           yāo - to threaten, to blackmail
     3. to promise
           yāo - to restrict, to agree to a contract/offer/bid
     4. to block; to intercept
     1. Variant of 個
     1. to approach; to move towardsjiù
     2. to reach; to arrive at
     3. to undertake; to engage in
           就業 - to get a job; employment
     4. to succeed; to complete
     5. to comply; to follow; to accept
     6. to suffer; to be subjected to
     1. li (a unit of distance equal to half a kilometre in modern Mainland China)
           公里 - kilometre
     2. neighbourhood (formal or informal grouping of adjacent dwellings; the size vary according to different historical sources)
           鄰里 - neighbours
     3. urban village (an administrative unit in the Republic of China)
     4. village (an administrative unit in South Korea and North Korea)
     5. lane (a type of road in Hong Kong)
Dictionary entries from Wiktionary
Word list from OpenSubtitles