This was the title of a recent article I read on the BBC Chinese blog. As many know, there is no alphabet for Chinese. Instead, the written language is composed of tens of thousands of characters. A respectable Chinese dictionary will contain somewhere in the region of 85,000 characters although only 7-8,000 are in daily use. But the knowledge of how to compose those characters is in danger. All over the country, Chinese people are forgetting how to write their own language without computerised help. Software on smart phones and computers allows users to type in the basic sound of the word using the Latin alphabet. The correct character is chosen from a list. Nowadays Chinese calligraphy is compulsory in schools but even the teachers admit that they too forget characters sometimes. I've been studying Chinese for a little under three years and I know exactly how hard it is to memorise thousands of characters. Just as you think you've got a new set of characters covered, you realise you've forgotten the set you learnt previously. It's a constant juggling act between remembering characters you've learnt and learning new ones but you do get the hang of it. Are you learning Chinese? Do you have any experience of forgetting the characters?!