Are these Traditional or Simplified characters? Or do we get both?
Quick question. Since I was aiming for traditional and don't want to get too confused...
Thanks, guys. But I can still practice with Simplified, right? I imagine traditional characters might be added... maybe?
First start with simplified, as it is widely used in many parts of China. Then learning traditional characters might be a little easier :) At least you will know basic Chinese! ^^
I'm currently in Taiwan so Traditional is a must, but will give it a go anyways. Glad to learn new languages.
If you are in Taiwan you really have to learn traditional! You won't make many friends if you text/email someone in simplified.
I would say though, that you should concentrate on speaking/listening skills, as that is what you need everyday in Taiwan. You can get by just fine without being able to read or write Chinese. Watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3UWrgSoIxQ&list=PLA5UIoabheFNk9apd1AsoYxK0K4oEQ3h8
Ok if anyone else wonders, here's an excerpt from the blog post:
"Because a large number of Chinese-speaking people understand both, and since the majority of characters look the same or similar in both systems, you will be able to get by in Taiwan and Hong Kong if you learn Chinese on Duolingo. However, we plan to eventually add Traditional Chinese characters, too."
I hope eventually means soon. :P
Well since they already implemented the program I believe Chinese Traditional will take less time than Chinese Simplified did x) So let's hope for the best! :D
"you will be able to get by in Taiwan and Hong Kong if you learn Chinese on Duolingo."
Can't say I have ever really seen many simplified characters in either of those places! Sure I have seen people hand write 号, and everyone hand writes 台, but printed things like texts, emails, signs, menus, forms, instructions, directions,notices, books, magazines, newspapers and even the subtitles under movies or tv shows will all be in traditional in HK + Taiwan. So, I have to disagree with the Duo team there.
Having said all that, I could work out all nearly all the simplified characters and sentences on the Duolingo course from my knowledge of traditional ones; so it's not that big a leap! 免貴 and 囧 did fox me a bit and i had to ask for help with those ones .... perhaps it's just my age. ...orz.... as they used to say in Taiwan
I think Duo were mostly saying that the characters are mostly similar enough that by knowing one, you can figure out the other, which sounds accurate given your background in traditional characters but able to understand most of the simplified ones.
But it's much harder the other way around! Knowing simplified and trying to work out the traditional is quite hard. It's much easier if you know the traditional to figure out the simplified.
However, I do understand and agree that knowing simplified is a lot more useful for most people.
On several questions on the course Traditional answers are not accepted, even though the program accepts traditional answers for others. Is this a bug?
Simplified BUT you do want to use traditional here you go: this Chrome Extension seamlessly enables you to switch them off and on.