Your first 100 Chinese characters

Which characters should you learn first?  You could start by learning the most common characters first.  Many common characters are simple (e.g. 人, 了, 个) but many others are more complex (e.g. 要, 着, 睡).  Alternatively, you could start by learning the radicals, many of which are also characters.  This can be useful.  Once you learn the radical 鱼 (fish), for example, you will recognize that 鲸, 鲨 and 鲶 are types of fish (or animals that resemble fish).  Other radicals are reduced forms of characters (e.g. 犬becomes犭), though, and the resemblance is often lost.  Read the full PDF here: Learn Chinese #3

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