3000 Words in Chinese

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I just learnt my 3000th word in Chinese! Kind of a magic number for me to reach, because they say I should be able to start reading basic newspapers now. We shall see.

I know this because I tap every word I learn into my trusty Palm, and use Supermemo software to give me daily tests. Strictly speaking, I guess I know 3000 English words; I am not sure exactly how that transposes into discrete Chinese characters but it is probably about the same when you average it out.

Out of interest, you can see when I passed the 2000 mark at the end of last September, here: 2000 Chinese Characters

So, over this 6 month period, that is over 40 new words per week going into my head! I just wonder what must be being shoved aside to make space. My French, that is for sure.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted 2007/03/23 at 14:52 | Permalink

    3000 chinese words is insane!

    I find a lot of words build upon each other and just have an offset in how they sound.

  2. Posted 2007/03/23 at 14:56 | Permalink

    … a bit like English. ;-)

    (who are you, anonymous?)

  3. Anonymous
    Posted 2009/04/26 at 21:44 | Permalink

    Well done! I know how hard you must have worked. What strategies do you use to help you remember what you learned a year ago?

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