500 terms

Chinese Character Frequency List (501-1000)

A list of commonly used characters, from rank 501 to 1000. (Source: http://lingua.mtsu.edu/chinese-computing/statistics/char/list.php?Which=MO)
wu3 martial/military
hong2 bonus/popular/red/revolutionary
xiang3 to make a sound/to sound/to ring/(a measure word for sound)/loud
sui1 although/even though
tui1 push/refuse (responsibility)/shove
shi4 conditions/influence/tendency
can1/shen1 take part in/participate/join/attend/to join/unequal/varied/irregular/to counsel/uneven/not uniform, ginseng
xi1 rare/infrequent
gu3 ancient/old
zhong4 multitude
gou4 Broussonetia papyrifera/to construct/to form/to make up/to compose
fang2 house
ban4 half/semi-/incomplete/(after a number) and a half/half
jie2/jie1 festival/section/segment/point/part/to economize/to save/temperate
tu3 earth/dust
tou2 to throw/to send
mou3 (used before measure word and noun) some/(a) certain/so and so
an4 (legal) case/incident/record/file/table
hei1 black/dark
wei2 to preserve/to maintain/to hold together/dimension
ge2 leather/remove
hua2/hua4 to row, to delimit/to transfer/to assign/to differentiate/to mark off/to draw (a line)/to delete/stroke of a Chinese character
di2 enemy/match
zhi4 fine and close, to send/to devote/to deliver/to cause/to convey
chen2 arrange/exhibit/narrate/tell/old/stale/a surname/to state/to display/to explain/(surname)
lu:4/lv4 law
zu2 foot/to be sufficient
tai4 attitude
hu4 protect
qi1 seven/7
xing1/xing4 flourish/it is the fashion to/to become popular, interest
pai4 clique/school/group/faction/to dispatch
hai2 child
yan4 to examine/to test/to check
ze2 duty/responsibility/to reproach/to blame
ying2 army/to deal in/to trade/to operate/to run/camp/nourishment/to manage
xing1 star/satellite/small amount
gou4 to reach/to be enough
zhang1 (surname)/chapter/seal/section
yin1 sound/noise/news
gen1 to follow/to go with/heel/with/and
zhi4 the will, sign/mark/to record/write a footnote
de/di3 (possessive part.)/(subor. part.), background/bottom/base
zhan4 station/to stand/to halt/to stop
yan2 (air or water) tight/stern/serious/strict/severe
ba1 (suff. for certain nouns)/to hope/to wish/Palestinian, Palestine (abbrev.)/Pakistan (abbrev.)/Pascal (unit of pressure)
li4 example/precedent/rule/case/instance
fang2 to protect/to defend/to guard (against)
zu2 race/nationality/ethnicity/clan
gong1/gong4 offer (information etc.)/supply, offer/sacrificial offering/trial statement/confession
xiao4 imitate, effect/efficacy/imitate
xu4 continue/replenish
shi1 (surname)/distribute (alms)/to do/to execute/to carry out
liu2 leave (message)/to retain/to stay/to remain/to keep/to preserve
jiang3 to talk/speech/to speak/to tell/to explain
xing2 model
liao4 material/stuff/grain/feed/to expect/to anticipate/to guess
zhong1 end/finish
da1/da2 to answer/agree, reply/answer/return/respond/echo
jin3 tight/nervous/strict
huang2 (surname)/sulfur/yellow
jue2 cut short/extinct/to disappear/to vanish/absolutely/by no means
ji1/qi2 odd (Num), strange/odd/weird/wonderful
cha2 examine/inquire/observe/inspect/look into/to examine
mu3 female/mother
jing1 capital/Beijing (abbrev.)
duan4 (surname)/paragraph/section/segment
yi1 according to/depend on/near to
pi1 to ascertain/(measure word for batches, lots)/to act on/to criticize/to pass on
qun2 crowd/flock/group
xiang4 (surname)/back of neck/item/thing
gu4 happening/instance/reason/cause/deceased/old
an4 to press (with the hand)/to push/to control/to restrain/to check/pressing down (brush movement in painting)/according to/in the light of
he2 river
mi3 (measure word) meter/rice
wei2 to circle/to surround
jiang1 river
zhi1 weave
hai4 to do harm to/to cause trouble to/harm/evil/calamity
dou3/dou4 Chinese peck, to fight/to battle/to struggle/to incite, fight/incite
shuang1 two/double/pair/both
jing4 border/place/condition/boundary/circumstances/territory
ke4 customer/visitor/guest
ji4 discipline/age/era/period/order/record
cai3/cai4 to pick/to pluck/to collect/to select/to choose/to gather, affairs/gather, allotment to a feudal noble
ju3 to lift/to hold up/to cite/to enumerate/to act/to raise/to choose/to elect
sha1 to kill/to murder/to slaughter
gong1 to attack/to accuse/to study
fu4 father
su1 loquacious/nag, revive, (plant)/place name/revive
mi4 secret/confidential/close/thick/dense
di1 to lower (one's head)/to let droop/to hang down/low/to incline/beneath/low
chao2/zhao1 to face/towards/facing/direct/a dynasty/the imperial court/(abbr.) Korea, esp. N. Korea, morning
you3 friend
su4 complain/sue/tell
zhi3 to stop/toe
xi4 fine/minutely/thin/slender
yuan4 sincere/willing, hope/wish/desire/ready/willing
qian1 thousand, a swing
zhi2 value/(to be) worth/to happen
reng2 still/yet/to remain
nan2 male
qian2 (surname)/coin/money
po4 to break/to split/broken/damaged/worn out
wang3 net/network, a net
re4 heat/to heat up/fervent/hot (of weather)/warm up
zhu4 to help/to assist
dao3/dao4 to fall/to collapse/to topple/to change/to fail/bankrupt, upset/turn over/to tip/to pour/to go home/to the contrary/inverted
yu4 nourish/to rear
shu3/zhu3 belong to/category/be subordinate to/genus (taxonomy)/be born in the year of (one of the 12 animals)/family members/dependants, join together/fix one's
zuo4 to sit/to take a seat/to take (a bus, airplane etc.)
di4 emperor
xian4 limit/bound
chuan2 a boat/vessel/ship
lian3 face
zhi2 office/duty
su4 fast/rapid/quick
ke4 quarter (hour)/(a measure word)/to carve/to engrave/to cut/oppressive
le4/yue4 (surname)/happy/laugh/cheerful, (surname)/music
fou3/pi3 to negate/to deny/not, clogged/evil
gang1 hard/firm/strong/just/barely/exactly
wei1 power/might/prestige
mao2 hair/pore/fur
zhuang4 accusation/suit/state/condition/strong/great
lu:4/shuai4/lv4 rate/frequency, to lead/command
shen4 very/extremely/more (than)
du2 alone/independent/single/sole/only
qiu2 ball/sphere
ban1 sort/kind/class/way/manner
pu3 general/popular/everywhere/universal
pa4 to be afraid/to fear
dan4/tan2 crossball/bullet/shot/shell/ball, impeach/to pluck a string/to play (a stringed musical instrument with fingers)
jiao4/xiao4 proofread/to check/to compare, school
ku3 bitter/intensely/miserable/painful
chuang1/chuang4 a wound/cut/injury/trauma, begin/initiate/inaugurate/start/create
jia3/jia4 fake/false/artificial/to borrow/if/suppose, vacation
jiu3 (long) time/(long) duration of time
cuo4 mistake/error/blunder/fault/cross/uneven/wrong
cheng2 to bear/to carry/to hold/to continue/to undertake/to take charge/owing to/due to/to receive
yin4 stamp/seal/mark/print/India (abbrev.)
wan3 evening/night/late
lan2 orchid
shi4 to test/to try/experiment/examination/test
gu3 share/portion/section/part/thigh/(a measure word, e.g. use with electric current)/whiff
na2 to hold/to seize/to catch/to apprehend/to take
nao3 brain
yu4 to advance/in advance/beforehand/to prepare
shei2/shui2 who, who
yi4 benefit/increase
yang2 positive (electric.)/sun
ruo4 to seem/like/as/if
na3/na/nei3 how/which, (final part. preceded by N), which (followed by M or Num)
wei1 micro/tiny/miniature
ni2 Buddhist nun/(often used in phonetic spellings)
ji4 to continue/to follow after/then/afterwards/to go on with/to succeed/to inherit
song4 to deliver/to carry/to give (as a present)/to present (with)/to see off/to send
ji2 hurried/worried
xie3/xue4 blood, blood
jing1 to start/to be frightened/to be scared/alarm
shang1 injure/injury/wound
su4 plain/element
yao4 medicine/drug/cure
shi4 to fit/to suit
bo1 wave/ripple/storm/surge
ye4 night
sheng3/xing3 frugal/save/to omit/to leave out/to save (money)/province, comprehend/introspect/visit
chu1 at first/(at the) beginning/first/junior/basic
xi3 to be fond of/to like/to enjoy/to be happy/to feel pleased/happiness/delight/glad
wei4 to guard/to protect/to defend/(surname)
yuan2 root/source/origin
shi2/si4 animal feed/eat/food, to feed
xian3 danger (ous)/rugged
dai1/dai4 stay/delay, wait/treat/deal with/need/about/intending to do something
shu4 to state/to tell/to narrate/to relate
liu4/lu4 six (fraud-proof), (surname)/shore/land/continent
xi2 to practice/to study/habit
zhi4 to install/to place/to put
ju1 reside
lao2 toil
cai2 money/wealth/riches/property/valuables
huan2 bracelet/ring (not for finger)/to surround/to loop/loop
pai2/pai3 a platoon/line up, row of logs or boards
fu2 good fortune
na4 to accept/to pay (tax etc.)
huan1 joyous/happy/pleased
lei2 (surname)/thunder
jing3 to alert/to warn
huo4 to catch/to obtain/to capture, reap/harvest
mo2 imitate/model/norm/pattern
chong1 fill/satisfy/fulfill/to act in place of/substitute/sufficient/full
fu4 lose/negative (math. etc.)/to bear/to carry (on one's back)
yun2 (classical) to say, cloud/(abbr.) for Yunnan/surname
ting2 to stop/to halt
mu4 tree/wood
you2 to walk/to tour/to roam/to swim/to travel, to roam/travel
long2 dragon/imperial/Long (a surname)
shu4 tree
yi2 to doubt/to misbelieve/to suspect
ceng2 a measure word for layers/laminated/repeated/floor/story (of a building)/layer/(math.) sheaf
leng3 cold
zhou1 continent/island
chong1/chong4 to rinse/to collide/to water/to rush/to dash (against)/to wash out/to charge/highway/public road, dash against, strong/powerful/forceforce/towards
she4 radio- (chem.)/shoot
lue4 plan/strategy/outline/summary/slightly/rather/to rob/to plunder/to summarize
fan4 pattern/model/example/(surname)
jing4 unexpectedly/actually/to go so far as to/indeed
ju4 (a measure word, for sentences or lines of verse)/sentence
shi4 room
yi4 (interj.)/raise/to stop, different/unusual/strange
ji1 to arouse/to incite/to excite/to stimulate/sharp/fierce/violent
han4 Chinese/name of a dynasty
cun1 village
ha1/ha3 laughter/yawn, a Pekinese/a pug
ce4 method/plan/policy/scheme
yan3 to develop/to evolve/to practice/to perform/to play/to act
jian3 simple
ka3/qia3 to check/to stop/to block/card, customs station/to be choked/to fasten/to clip/to wedge/checkpost
zui4 guilt/crime/fault/blame/sin
pan4 to judge/to sentence/to discriminate/to discern
dan1/dan4 to undertake/to carry/to shoulder/to take responsibility, a picul (133.33 lbs.)/burden/a load/responsibility
zhou1 (United States) state/province/sub-prefecture
jing4 still/calm/quiet/not moving
tui4 retreat/to decline/to move back/to withdraw
ji4 already/since/both... (and...)
yi1/yi4 clothes, gown/to dress/to wear
nin2 you (formal)
zong1 school/sect/purpose/model/ancestor/family
ji1 to amass/to accumulate/to store/old/long-standing
yu2 extra/surplus/remaining/after/I/me
tong4 ache/pain/sorrow
jian3 to check/to examine/to inspect
cha1/cha4/chai1/ci1 difference/discrepancy/to differ/error/to err/to make a mistake, differ from/short of/to lack/poor, send/a messenger/a mission/to commissio
fu4 rich
ling2 alert/departed soul/efficacious/quick/effective/intelligence
xie2 cooperate/harmonize/to help/to assist/to join
jiao3/jue2 angle/horn/horn-shaped, Chinese musical note/angle/horn
zhan1/zhan4 to observe/to divine, to divine, to occupy/to constitute/to make up/to account
pei4 to join/to fit/to mate/to mix/to match/to deserve/to make up (a prescription)
zheng1 attack/levy (troops or taxes)/journey/trip/expedition
xiu1 to decorate/to embellish/to repair/to build/to study/to write/to cultivate
pi2 leather/skin/fur
hui1 scatter/wield/wipe away
sheng1/sheng4 (also sheng4) able to do/competent enough to, peptide, victorious
jiang4/xiang2 to drop/to fall/to come down/to descend, surrender
jie1 rank or step/stairs
shen3 to examine/to investigate/carefully/to try (in court)
chen2 submerge/immerse/sink/deep/profound/to lower/to drop
jian1 strong/solid/firm/unyielding/resolute
shan4 good
ma1 ma/mamma
liu2 (surname)/to kill
dou4/du2 comma/phrase marked by pause, to read/to study
a1/a2/a3/a4/a (interj.)/ah, an interjection/to express doubt or to question/to show realization/to stress, (interj. for surprise), oh (interjection), (a modaapproval, or consent)
chao1 to exceed/overtake/surpass/transcend/ultra-/super-/to pass/to cross
mian3 to exempt/to remove/to avoid/to excuse
ya1/ya4 to press/to push down/to keep under (control), in the first place/to crush
yin2 silver
mai3 buy
huang2 (surname)/emperor
yang3 give birth/keep (pets)/to support/to bring sb. up/to raise (pig, etc.)
yi1 he/she/(surname)/Iraq (abbrev.)
huai2 to think of/to cherish/mind/heart/bosom
zhi2 execute (a plan)/grasp
fu4 secondary/auxiliary/deputy/assistant/vice-/(measure word for a pair)
luan4 in confusion/disorderly
kang4 to resist/to fight/to defy
fan4 to violate/to offend
zhui1 pursue (a problem)/to chase
bang1 to assist/to support/to help/group/gang/party
xuan1 to declare (publicly)/to announce
fo2/fu2 Buddha/Buddhism, seemingly
sui4 year/years old/(a measure word)
hang2 boat/ship/vessel/craft/to navigate/to sail
you1 excellent/superior
guai4 queer/to blame
xiang1 fragrant/incense/(of food) savory/appetizing/sweet/scented/popular
tian2 (surname)/field/farm
tie3 iron
kong4 to accuse/to charge/to control/to sue
shui4 taxes/duties
zuo3 left
you4 right (-hand)
fen4 (a measure word for gifts, copies of a newspaper)/copy (of newspaper, magazine, etc.)/share/portion/part/(a measure word)
chuan1 to bore through/pierce/perforate/penetrate/pass through/to dress/to wear/to put on/to thread
yi4 skill/art
bei1/bei4 carry on one's back, to be burdened/to carry on the back or shoulder, learn by heart/the back of the body
zhen4 disposition of troops/short period/wave/spate/burst/spell
cao3 grass/straw/draft (of a document)/careless/rough/manuscript/hasty
jiao3/jue2 a kick/foot/role, role
gai4 general/approximate
e3/e4/wu4 nauseated, evil, to hate/to loathe
kuai1/kuai4 piece/chunk/lump/(measure word for chunks, lumps), yuan (unit of currency)/fast (of a watch)/swift/rapid/hape word, for cloth, cake, soap)
dun4 a time/jerk/stop/meal/bout/spell/(measure for beating)
gan3 dare
shou3 to guard
jiu3 wine/liquor/spirits
dao3 island
tuo1 to hold in one's hand/to entrust/to support in one's palm, entrust
yang1 beg/center
hu4 a household/door/family
lie4 ardent/intense/split/crack/rend
yang2 foreign/ocean
ge1 elder brother
suo3 to search/to demand/to ask/to exact/large rope/isolated
hu2 (surname)/beard/what why how, beard/mustache
kuan3 section/paragraph/funds
kao4 depend upon/lean on/near/by/against/to support
ping2 to discuss/to comment/to criticize/to judge/to choose (by public appraisal)
ban3 a register/a block of printing/an edition/version/page
bao3 a jewel or gem/a treasure/precious
zuo4 seat/base/stand/measure word for large, solid things
shi4 explain/to release
jing3 bright/circumstance/scenery
gu4 look after/take into consideration/to attend to
di4 younger brother
deng1 scale/climb/ascend/mount/go up/register/note/to publish/to issue/to record
huo4 goods/money/commodity
hu4 mutual
fu4 pay
bo2 father's elder brother/senior/paternal elder uncle/eldest of brothers/respectful form of address
man4 slow
ou1 Europe
huan4 change/exchange
wen2 (surname)/hear/sniff at
wei1 danger/to endanger
mang2 busy
he2 nuclear/atomic/stone (of fruit)
an4 dark/gloomy/hidden/secret, to shut the door/unilluminated
jie3 older sister
jie4 introduce/lie between/between
huai4 bad/spoiled, bad
tao3 ask for/send punitive expedition/to demand/to marry
li2/li4 Korea, beautiful
liang2 good/very/very much
xu4 order/sequence/preface
sheng1 to raise/to hoist/to promote/pint, ascend/peaceful, promoted
jian1/jian4 hard/strong/solid/firm/to supervise/to inspect/jail/prison, supervisor
lin2 to face/to overlook/to arrive/to be (just) about to/just before
liang4 light/bright
lu4/lou4 to show/to reveal/to expos/dew
yong3 forever/always/perpetual (ly)
hu1 to call/to cry/to shout/to breath out/to exhale
wei4 taste
ye3 field/plain/open space/limit/boundary/rude/wild
jia4 to support/frame/rack/framework/measure word for planes, large vehicles, radios, etc.
yu4 field/region/area/domain (taxonomy)
sha1 granule/hoarse/raspy/sand/powder
diao4 to drop/to fall
kuo4 enclose/include
jian4 warship
yu2 fish
za2 mixed/miscellaneous/various/to mix
wu4 mistake/error/to miss/to harm/to delay/to neglect
wan1 bay/gulf
ji2 lucky
jian3 to lower/to decrease/to reduce/to subtract/to diminish
bian1 weave/plait/organize/group/arrange/edit/compile/write/compose/fabricate
chu3 (surname)/ancient place name/distinct/clear/orderly/pain/suffering/(a surname)
ken3 to agree/to consent/to be ready (to do sth)/willing
ce4 side/to lean/to survey/to measure/conjecture
bai4 be defeated/to defeat/loss
wu1 house/room
pao3 to run/to escape
meng4 to dream
san3/san4 leisurely/loosen/powdered medicine/to scatter/to come loose, adjourn/scatter
wen1 (luke)warm/to review
kun3/kun4 a bunch/tie together, distress/sleepy/doze off, sleepy/doze off
jian4 (double-edged) sword
jian1/jian4 imbue, gradual/gradually
feng1 to confer/to grant/to seal/(a measure word)
jiu4 to save/to assist/to rescue
gui4 expensive/noble/your (name)/precious
qiang1 gun/firearm/rifle/spear, rifle/spear
que1 lack/scarce/vacant post/to run short of
lou2 house with more than 1 story/storied building/floor
xian4 a district/county
shang4 still/yet/to value/to esteem
hao2 hair/drawing brush/(in the) least/one thousandth
yi2 to move/to shift/to change/to alter/to remove
niang2 mother/young lady, mother/troubled
peng2 friend
hua4 draw/picture/painting
ban1 team/class/rank/squad/a work shift/a measure word/(a surname)
zhi4 wisdom/knowledge
yi4 also
er3 ear
en1 kind act (from above)
duan3 lack/short
zhang3 in charge of/palm of hand
kong3 afraid/frightened/to fear
yi2 to lose/to leave behind
gu4 hard/strong/solid/sure
xi2 banquet/woven mat/seat/place, woven mat
song1 loose/pine, loose
mi4 secret
xie4 (surname)/to thank
lu3 crass/place name
yu4 meet with
kang1 peaceful/spongy (of radishes)
lu:4/lv4 anxiety
xing4 lucky, fortunate/lucky
jun1 equal/even/all/uniform
xiao1 to melt/to do away with/to sell
zhong1 clock/time as measured in hours and minutes/bell
shi1 poem/poetry/verse
cang2/zang4 to hide away/to conceal/to harbor/store/accumulate, storehouse/depository/Buddhist or Taoist scripture/Zang/Tibet
gan3 to catch up/to overtake/to hurry/to rush/to drive away
ju4 drama/play/show/severe
piao4 bank note/ticket
sun3 to damage/injure/to lose/to harm
hu1 suddenly
ju4 very large/huge/tremendous/gigantic
pao4 cannon/gun/firecracker, gun/cannon
jiu4 old (opposite of new)/former
duan1 end/extremity/item/port/to hold sth. level with both hands/to carry/regular
tan4 to explore/to search out/to scout/to visit
hu2 lake
lu4 to record/to hit/to copy
ye4 (surname)/leaf/page
chun1 spring (time)/gay/joyful/youthful/love/lust/life
xiang1 country/village
fu4 to add/to attach/to be close to/to be attached
xi1 to breathe/to suck in/to absorb/to inhale
yu2/yu3 I, to give
li3 gift/propriety/rite
gang3 harbor/Hong Kong (abbr.)
yu3 rain
ya/ya1 (final part.)
ban3 board/plank/plate/slab, boss
ting2 court/courtyard
fu4 woman
gui1 to go back/to return
jing1 eye
fan4 food/cuisine/cooked rice/meal
e2 volume/amount/quantity/forehead/quota
han2 to keep/to contain
shun4 to obey/to follow/to arrange/to make reasonable/along/favorable
shu1 to transport/to lose
yao2 shake/to rock
zhao1 provoke/to recruit
hun1 to marry/marriage/wedding/to take a wife
tuo1 to shed/to take off/to escape/to get away from
bu3 to repair/to patch/to mend/to make up for/to fill (a vacancy)/to supplement
wei4 speak of
du1 supervise
du2 poison/narcotics
you2 oil/sly
liao2 to treat/to cure
lu:3/lv3 trip/travel
ze2 beneficence/marsh
cai2 material
mie4 extinguish
zhu2 to pursue/to chase/individually/one by one
mo4 do not/there is none who
bi3 pen/pencil/writing brush/to write or compose/the strokes of Chinese characters
wang2 to die/to perish
xian1/xian3 fresh, few/rare
ci2 works/phrases/classical Chinese poem/word/diction
sheng4 holy/sacred/saint/sage
ze2/zhai2 to select/to choose/to pick, pick over
xun2 to search/to look for/to seek
chang3 cliff/slope/factory/yard/depot/workhouse/works/(industrial) plant
shui4 to sleep
bo2 extensive/ample/rich/obtain/aim/to win/to get/rich/plentiful/to gamble
le4/lei1 rein in, strangle
yan1 cigarette/tobacco/smoke
shou4 to teach/to instruct/to award/to give
nuo4 to promise/to yes
lun2 human relationship
an4 bank/shore/beach/coast
ao4 obscure/mysterious
tang2 Tang dynasty (618-907)
mai4 to sell
e2 suddenly/very soon/Russian
zha2/zha4 fry, explode
zai3/zai4 year, to carry/to convey/to load/to hold/and/also/as well as/simultaneously
luo4 (surname)/name of a river
jian4 healthy
tang2 (main) hall/large room
pang2 beside/one side/other/side/self
gong1 palace
he1/he4 my goodness/to drink, shout applause
jie4 to lend/to borrow/excuse/pretext/by means of
jun1 monarch/lord/gentleman/ruler
jin1/jin4 endure, to prohibit/to forbid
yin1 (of weather) overcast/Yin/feminine/moon/cloudy/negative (electric.)/shady
yuan2 garden
mou2 to plan/seek/scheme
song4 (surname)/name of a dynasty
bi4 avoid/shun/flee/escape/leave/to keep away/to leave/to hide
zhua1 to grab/to catch/to arrest/to snatch
rong2 glory/honored
gu1 paternal aunt
sun1 grandson
tao2 to escape/to run away/to flee
ya2 tooth/ivory
shu4 bunch/(a measure word)/to bind/to control
tiao4 jump/hop/skip (a grade)/to leap/to bounce/to beat
ding3 go against/most/peak/top/to replace/to substitute/a measure word (use with "hat")