How many Chinese characters do you know? If you’re not sure, this hanzi vocabulary self-test might be helpful - just tell us whether you know each character that appears in the test, and we’ll estimate the total number of characters you know based on the results. If you’re not sure about a character, click the “show meaning” button to see the character’s pinyin and definition.
The test starts with the most simple common hanzi, but quickly moves on to harder characters as the test goes on - depending on your Chinese level, you’ll be asked between 10 and 60 questions. Although there are tens of thousands of Chinese characters, this test only includes the most common 5000, which is about the same number that a typical educated Chinese person would know.
If you want to expand your character vocabulary, you might find our HSK Characters page useful - it gives the list of characters you need to know for each level of the HSK test. Click a character to see its pronunciation, meaning, stroke order animation and a selection of words containing that character.
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