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Chinese Word Bank

Hey! I would like some help if possible. I want a word bank of the words I have learned and practiced. A simple list with the Chinese word, the pinyin, and the meaning. Perhaps having it grow to add words as I continue down the list.

Thanks for the thoughts,


July 14, 2018



Seems Spanish has this kind of function. Perhaps they can carry it over to Chinese.


It used to be there was a trick where you could use two tabs, switch to Spanish, then switch one tab to Chinese and click words with the other one and it would load with all the Chinese, but this stopped working for me a month ago.


This would be somewhat difficult because of the way individual characters recombine. You might learn 生 in some lesson because you saw 学生 ‘student’, but that doesn’t mean you know all the uses for 生, like 医生 ‘doctor’ or 先生 ‘mister’. At what point do you get to say you know 生?

I’m trying to put together an Excel spreadsheet of the characters as I go, with character frequency counts, but the same problem applies. I can say I have seen a character, but not all uses of that character.


The other problem with compiling a bank of words is trying to define what a "word" is in Chinese. Duolingo presents 你好 as a set of combined characters, but it isn't really a "word." The days of the week are 星期一, 星期二, 星期三, and so on, meaning roughly "weekday one," "weekday two," and "weekday three." However, they do not appear in the count of the 10,000 most common Chinese "words" found on Wiktionary.


Interesting additions. I get that not all Chinese words work this way, but even a basic list with partial meanings would be better than nothing. I get that it's difficult though.


I'll second that


What I can do is calculate how often a given character appears in the list of 10,000 most common words. It could show that 你 appears in the word list 3 times, 明 appears 40 times, 不 appears 129 times, and the example I gave, 生, appears 82 times. This could give you a rough idea of how many uses of the character you've actually seen. The word list would be somewhat simpler (although I may be counting "words" differently than you expect).

Also, I haven't gone through the entire list of Chinese exercises on Duolingo, so I don't have a full character or word set. I can only go up as far as I've done personally.

I am able to do similar calculations using my college Chinese language textbooks (Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Parts 1 and 2).


Wow! Thanks for going through all the effort.


I think it would be useful to have a list of words/phrases organized as they were learned in a specific topic. Greetings 1 may have 你好 and 再见 in it. Numbers 1 would have 一, 三, 四, 六, 九, 十 (or whatever was included). If they were organized that way, I could export them as a group and retain their context for flashcard practice. It wouldn't be necessary to have every possible meaning for each character, but just be aware that you are in the "Greetings 1" deck, so the likely meaning is XX.


If we're going to do something like this, we might need to work collectively on a spreadsheet containing all the data. There's no guarantee that I'll see every new word in some set as I go through the tree looking for new vocabulary. What do you think about a Google doc?


I wrote down the words that I learned and some of the symbols that are easier to draw than others.


I can give some guidance on drawing the characters themselves, if you plan to learn to write them by hand. It's good practice for remembering them.


There is a book of HSK vocabulary, called, of all things, "New HSK Complete Vocabulary Lists." It lists the characters, pinyin, and meaning the HSK words through level 6. I've found it quite useful.

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