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Below are the first 50 Chinese characters most frequently used in Chinese textbooks in the P.R. China as published by the Beijing Languages Institute.

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 #1 
    
 
       

d

e


 #2 
    
1 / one / single
       

y

i


 #3 
    
(past tense)
       

l

e


 #4 
    
correct / yes / is
       

s

h

i


 #5 
    
I / me
       

w

o


 #6 
    
not / negative
       

b

u


 #7 
    
in / at / exist / living
       

z

a

i


 #8 
    
person / human
       

r

e

n


 #9 
    
(suffix plural people)
       

m

e

n


 #10 
    
to have / possess
       

y

o

u


 #11 
    
to come / arrive
       

l

a

i


 #12 
    
he / him / other
       

t

a


 #13 
    
this
       

z

h

e


 #14 
    
up / higher
       

s

h

a

n

g


 #15 
    
to touch / hit
       

z

h

a

o


 #16 
    
 
       

g

e


 #17 
    
soil / land
       

d

i


 #18 
    
to arrive
       

d

a

o


 #19 
    
big / large
       

d

a


 #20 
    
Chinese unit of length
       

l

i


 #21 
    
say / speak
       

s

h

u

o


 #22 
    
come near / concerning
       

j

i

u


 #23 
    
go / leave / remove
       

q

u


 #24 
    
 
       

z

i


 #25 
    
to get / obtain
       

d

e


 #26 
    
also / too
       

y

e


 #27 
    
gentle / and
       

h

e


 #28 
    
that / then
       

n

a


 #29 
    
to want / demand
       

y

a

o


 #30 
    
next / below
       

x

i

a


 #31 
    
see / look at / visit
       

k

a

n


 #32 
    
day / sky / heaven
       

t

i

a

n


 #33 
    
time
       

s

h

i


 #34 
    
across / exceed
       

g

u

o


 #35 
    
go out
       

c

h

u


 #36 
    
little / small
       

x

i

a

o


 #37 
    
part of what, when, why
       

m

e


 #38 
    
to get up / rise / start
       

q

i


 #39 
    
you (singular)
       

n

i


 #40 
    
all / both
       

d

o

u


 #41 
    
hold / grasp
       

b

a


 #42 
    
good / fine / nice
       

h

a

o


 #43 
    
still more / else / also
       

h

a

i


 #44 
    
many / how / over
       

d

u

o


 #45 
    
no / not
       

m

e

i


 #46 
    
for / to
       

w

e

i


 #47 
    
again / more
       

y

o

u


 #48 
    
can / approve
       

k

e


 #49 
    
family / household
       

j

i

a


 #50 
    
to learn / study
       

x

u

e

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