Multilingual Chinese Character Copy Sheets

Chinese doesn't have an alphabet, but it does have some core characters which form the building blocks of the writing system. 

In HK local Schools, children start learning these characters at Kindergarten.  

Students in Chinese Medium of Instruction kindergartens MUST be able to read and write these characters by the end of K3 or they will find Primary 1 very difficult and it will be hard to catch up. 

For children in English Medium of Instruction schools and international schools, it's still a good idea to learn these foundational characters. It will make life much easier later. 

How many characters do you need at this basic level?

It's hard to say.

We are guessing:  Around 500.

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