3 years ago
acrossthesea
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Simplified VS Traditional
I know fully well that by starting this card, I may well be opening a can of worms but I think it's a can well worth opening. The debate for simplified VS traditional characters is a debate well worth having. In the photos above, you can click left and right to see the main points of the debate covering areas such as culture, literacy, phonetics, radicals, politics and more. However, when deciding which script to learn there are few points that you ought to bear in mind which should make the choosing process much easier; 1. Why are you learning Chinese? If you're planning to go the Mainland for travel or work, then it's a bit of a no-brainer; you should learn simplified. If you're an enterprise that's looking to enter the Taiwanese market then learning simplified could do more harm than good. If you're a student just looking to learn Chinese, Chinese language learning material is much more widely available in simplified so bear this in mind! 2. What do you want from your Chinese? Similar to the question above, you need to think long term. If you're planning on studying Chinese full time, it may be worth starting with traditional (and learning simplified in your own time- this is how I studied!). I firmly believe it's easier to go from traditional to simplified than the other way round. 3. Where will you be? Obviously, if you're going to live in Taiwan then just learn traditional and if you're going to live in Beijing, you'd be better off just learning simplified! I hope this helps you all~ If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch! Get studying!
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