This category covers the top 2,000 most common Chinese words and 1,220 common words and expressions necessary for reading Chinese newspapers and magazines. Note: all content in this category is in simplified Chinese.

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Beginner–Advanced
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The “Simplified Chinese: Core 500” series features the 500 most frequently used words in Chinese. When you finish this series, you’ll be ready for the Chinese Core 1000 series.

If you’re new to studying Chinese, we recommend you first read our Guide to Chinese. This will explain the basics of inputting Chinese.

Please note that direct Chinese character input is not accepted for Chinese courses, so you don’t need to have Chinese IME installed. Just type as you normally would on an English keyboard.

To indicate ...(more)

Simplified Chinese: Core 1000

Lower Intermediate

The “Simplified Chinese: Core 1000” series features the 2nd 500 most frequently used words in Chinese. When you finish this series, you’ll be ready for the Chinese Core 1500 series.

We recommend you first read our Guide to Chinese. This will explain the basics of inputting Chinese.

Please note that direct Chinese character input is not accepted for Chinese courses, so you don’t need to have Chinese IME installed. Just type as you normally would on an English keyboard.

To indicate the tone, first type the word ...(more)


Simplified Chinese: Core 1500

Lower Intermediate

The “Simplified Chinese: Core 1500” series features the 3rd 500 most frequently used words in Chinese. When you finish this series, you’ll be ready for the Chinese Core 2000 series.

We recommend you first read our Guide to Chinese. This will explain the basics of inputting Chinese.

Please note that direct Chinese character input is not accepted for Chinese courses, so you don’t need to have Chinese IME installed. Just type as you normally would on an English keyboard.

To indicate the tone, first type the word ...(more)

Simplified Chinese: Core 2000

Lower Intermediate

The “Simplified Chinese: Core 2000” series features the 4th 500 most frequently used words in Chinese. When you finish the Core, 500, Core 1000, Core 1500, and Core 2000 series, you’ll have mastered the top 2,000 words in Chinese!

We recommend you first read our Guide to Chinese. This will explain the basics of inputting Chinese.

Please note that direct Chinese character input is not accepted for Chinese courses, so you don’t need to have Chinese IME installed. Just type as you normally would on an English keybo...(more)


Chinese News: Simplified Characters

Intermediate–Advanced

Chinese News is a series of 12 courses covering 1,220 common Chinese words and expressions that you need to know in order to read Chinese newspapers and magazines. Most of the sample sentences focus on the kind of social commentary you see in today’s press, both in style and content. Mastering these items will give you a solid foundation in written Chinese and the more formal side of spoken Chinese.

The series is aimed at students who have studied Chinese for at least one year. Second-year students of Chinese at the university level should start with the ...(more)