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Hanzi WallChart

Think learning to read and write Chinese is impossible?

Think again.

By mastering just 1500 characters you'll have access to 95% of written Chinese.

Hanzi WallChart is an essential tool for mastering the high-frequency characters. 

Not sure about learning Chinese? Want some more advice first? Check out our Free tools and Resources Page for lots more useful information.

 “This poster was a revelation. It brought to light the most important lesson of language learning: what you study is more important than how you study.”

--Tim Ferris (Author of The Four-Hour Work Week), talking about his chart of common Japanese characters



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why am I having trouble ordering from within China?

A: If you live in China and you're using a virtual private network (VPN) to access PayPal, there can be problems. To PayPal, it looks like you're on the internet in one country, using a credit card from a second one, and shipping to a third (China)! You can understand why they'd be a bit jumpy about that . . . and it's probably for the best, really. 

But that doesn't help you place your order. What does help is to use your credit card address as the delivery address. Simply include the address in China where you'd like it shipped instead in the “notes” section of your PayPal order, and we'll get it shipped to the right place! Alternatively, you can email us at info@hanziwallchart.com to make sure that it gets to the right place.

Q: Where is my package?

A: If you selected free shipping it can take 3-4 weeks to arrive at your location. Our expedited shipping usually arrives within 1-2 weeks depending on location and the package is trackable. 
If your package hasn't arrived in these time periods drop us an email at info@hanziwallchart.com and we'll locate the package and/or ship out a new one. 

Q: Do you deliver to the USA / UK / Canada / Netherlands / Australia / Timbuktu / my lovely country?

A: Yes! So long as it's on Earth, we can send it there. Interplanetary delivery is not yet implemented, sadly.
We offer free shipping on all of our products via China Mail and expedited shipping via courier (DHL/Fedex or a similar company depending on your country). 

Q: I don't use PayPal. Can I still buy a WallChart?

A: Of course! We now accept credit card payments using Stripe.

Q: What's the HSK? Is that important?

A: HSK stands for Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi. It's China's only standardized language proficiency test, and you have to score above a certain level to get certain jobs in China.
It's also a good proxy for a list of "most frequently used words" as most of the words on the official lists are heard in everyday usage. Normally these lists are presented alphabetically, which makes no sense at all. We've ordered them by frequency of use to make them more helpful. 

Q: Do your charts use simplified characters or traditional ones?

A: They're all available in either set of characters, depending on which region's language you're trying to learn. Taiwan generally uses traditional characters while the mainland generally uses simplified characters (yes, we know this is a gross over-simplification, but the details are too complex to go into here).

Q: Do you sell Cantonese posters?

A: I'm afraid we do not have any Cantonese designs. We've looked into simply converting the Mandarin pinyin into Cantonese jyutping and found this to be insufficient. The reason for this is that all of our products are based upon frequency analysis (basically putting the most common characters first and the rare characters last) and these frequency analyses work out differently in Cantonese. For example 唔 is common in Cantonese and not at all in Mandarin, rendering our frequency based list unhelpful for Cantonese learners. Sorry!

Q: Is there any overlap between the Hanzi WallChart and the HSK Vocabulary WallChart?

A: Nope. The Hanzi WallChart is composed of characters, while the HSK Vocabulary WallChart is composed of words. For the most part, each word on the chart is composed of 2 to 4 characters.
Additionally, the Hanzi WallChart draws from the 1500 most common written characters, while the HSK Vocabulary WallChart pulls from the HSK test and focuses on the most common spoken vocabulary.

Q: Buying paper WallCharts and paying for shipping is too expensive for me! Can't I just print them off myself?

A: Definitely! This is why we sell high-quality PDFs of all of our WallCharts as well as the hard-copy versions. Most of our competitors don't do this because they're afraid it will cut into paper sales, but hey—we just want to help you learn Chinese.
Do check how much A1 and A0 printing costs in your area, though. A single A0 job could cost more than $20!

P.S.  Nearly forgot—there's another cool Tim Ferris quote I wanted to share with you. 

“Students are subordinate to materials, much like novice cooks are subordinate to recipes.

If you select the wrong material, the wrong textbook, the wrong group of words, it doesn’t matter how much (or how well) you study.

It doesn’t matter how good your teacher is.

One must find the highest-frequency material. Material beats method."

This is why we worked so hard at compiling only the characters that you'd need the most. 

Chinese actually has tens of thousands of characters, but most of them are so rare that it's not worth learning them.  It was quite a job narrowing the characters down for the Hanzi WallChart, but the result is something we're really proud of.