내가 실제로 알아야 할 한자는 몇 개나 될까요?

​If you are studying Chinese or planning to and wondering how many characters you need to learn, here are some numbers that will give you an idea of what your goals should be.

2013년 중국 정부는 다음 목록을 발표했습니다. 3,500개의 가장 필수적인 문자 used in modern Chinese. Chinese school children expect to learn all of these characters as they go through the school system as a minimum but many students will leave school knowing a few thousand more than the essential 3,500.

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Linguistics research looking at how frequently each Chinese character is used has shown that if you know only the 가장 흔한 한자 100자, you will be able to read 41% of the characters that appear in common everyday contexts! If you know the 1,000 most common characters, you will be able to read 89%. For 2,000 characters, that increases to 97%, and for the 3,000 most common characters, it reaches 99%.

What HSK Level Should I Aim For?

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In China, the official system for testing Chinese language proficiency of non-native speakers is the HSK system. Learning 한자는 중요하다 for any serious student of the Chinese language. Because having a strong knowledge of the most commonly used Chinese characters is essential for passing the HSK, many students find that studying for this exam provides a great motivation to learn more Chinese characters.

The HSK system has six levels—the following chart shows the character proficiency required for each.

HSK Level 汉语水平Characters 汉字
1174
2347
3617
41,064
51,685
62,663

HSK 1 tests students who have attained a very elementary level of Chinese. This test is really just a taster of the language and the content it covers is only useful for meeting and greeting Chinese speakers and making introductions.

Non-native speakers who are able to pass HSK 6, on the other hand, are considered to have attained fluency. At HSK level 6, you are able to communicate in Chinese for both work and everyday life with ease.

So which HSK level would you need to travel, live or 중국에서 공부하다? Obviously in China, the more Chinese you know the easier it will be, especially in those off-the-beaten-path places like 계림 where little or no English signs or speakers can be found.

As a rough guide, HSK 4 is a very good level for getting around. At this level, you can travel with ease and have a more fulfilling experience of the country and culture thanks to your ability to communicate in a variety of contexts.

At HSK 3, you are still able to travel anywhere and communicate when necessary, but it will be more difficult and your communication with locals will be much more limited.

At HSK 2, you can expect to be able to do the essentials like buying things in shops, using public transport, and ordering food in restaurants, but don’t expect to be able to have any deep conversations at this level.

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