How many Hanzi?

Thank you so much, team Chinese! The course is amazing and as you see, I cannot stop learning because I love it so much. I never planned to study Chinese, but your course convincedme to give it a try and fell in love immediately.

I just have a short question: how many characters does the course teach?

November 16, 2017


Hi mlynarova,

Glad you liked the course! Our course teaches 1,000 Hanzi + 1,000 words. Please see this blog post for more details. Thanks!


November 16, 2017

Wow, that’s a lot! I’m impressed that you were so ambitious (half way to HSK4, wow!) and I’m happy to hear that you’ll be adding Traditional Characters later on (although I really should take some time now to learn to read Simplified Characters).

I really hope that you’ll also add more Kanji to your Japanese course. That course has so much unrealized potential.

November 16, 2017

Thanks for your work on the course, Mhagiwara!

November 16, 2017

Great, I want to learn them all! Thank you for your reply!

November 16, 2017

I agree with FilipFilip17, 1000 is amazing amount of effort! Thanks so much to you and rest of team :D

November 17, 2017

Hello :) I have a question, will the Japanese course get updated anytime soon, too? Because it seems so much shorter than the Chinese course, which has about 88 lessons, while Japanese has only 40... Unless it covers the same amount of material? I haven't finished any of those courses yet so I don't know

November 17, 2017

becaus Chinese too hard

November 18, 2017

Also if u want to learn traditional chinese characters, check out

it took a day to kick in for mine, but it works!!

February 12, 2019

i appreciate the answers in this thread. love this chinese course!

April 21, 2019

In Chinese, there are only about 1000 characters, for duolingo, idk

November 17, 2017

Actually HSK 6 covers about 2,600 characters. Duolingo has about 1,000 at this point.

November 19, 2017

Yep, 2600 is the amount you need to be able to read almost everything. According to most sources, there are 3500 characters total but with 2000 you can read 99.5% of the Chinese on products, in books, etc.

November 19, 2017
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