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List of traditional, simplified chinese and simplified japanese characters.


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Hello everyone!

I've been reading the forum for a while, and benefitting from it, so I decided to give something in return.

To make the story short, I became interested in hanzi after noticing that I was able to retain most of the chinese characters present in an anime (it wasn't a large number).

I was looking for a big list of hanzi that would contain the traditional, simplified chinese and simplified japanese varieties, in order of frequency (chinese use). But I didn't find one, so I took the matter into my own hands. I'm aware that some of them don't mean the same in both languages, but I'm more interested in the hanzi and their forms.

I took the traditional hanzi list in order of frequency from this website:  


I used Google Translator in order to obtain the simplified chinese list, and I filled in the cases in which a traditional character points to two simplified characters with:


Then, I obtained the japanese forms using: http://www.geocities.jp/qjitai/

And I made the attached file combining all that.

I recommend installing the Hanazono font: http://fonts.jp/hanazono/

That way, using PMingLiu for the traditional chinese, HanaMinA for the japanese, and Simsun for the simplified chinese, you can see the differences in typography. Japanese fonts that come with Office don't seem to cover all the characters on the list.

Nothing is perfect; Google doesn't apply the simplification in some cases, either because no simplified font exists yet for these characters, or because they don't have them on their database. And I think that, if some non-simplified character in Japan is different from the chinese one, the converter to simplified japanese won't have worked. On the whole, I think it's good enough, tough.

You can find the first example of simplified chinese on cell D14, the first example of simplified japanese on cell C21, and the first example of ambiguity in simplification on cell D50.


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