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Traditional v. Simplified

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Are Simplified Chinese characters or Traditional Chinese characters more common in Mainland China? (Also: Hong Kong and Taiwan)

Would you recommend learning to read both?

1 week ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Celica2898
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Simplified Characters are used in China and Singapore. Hong Kong and Taiwan use traditional ones. I only learn simplified ones and I have already enough trouble, especially with writing, so I wouldn't recommend learning both. You could try though.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Shihua-
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If you want to learn both, go with traditional. Simplified Chinese is just simplified traditional Chinese. Plus the characters is traditional Chinese are prettier. Also learn the correct way how to do strokes and the direction they go.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raindrop02

I think that Traditional because,if you first learn traditional,simplified will be easier.(I do traditional at school because I also teach traditional.)

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Shihua-
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Cool. Where do you teach? Recently I took Mandarin for a few years with the Chinese association in my city?

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LakeJason
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As a native (in China mainland), I learned Simplified ones. Generally, People who learned Traditional ones can recognize Simplified ones (not all of them), but not the vice versa. I can recognize some Traditional Chinese characters, but not writing them, because they're kinda complex (e.g. writing 憂鬱的臺灣烏龜 or 忧郁的台湾乌龟, which literally means melancholic Taiwan turtle). Try learning Traditional ones if you want to.

4 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Martinologue

Im sticking with Simplified as it's the way of Mainland China. I hear Singapore also uses Simplified. Hong Kong uses Traditionnal but as they are slowly being integrated to China, the younger generations are learning Mandarin and I can only assume that they learn Simplified and that by 2046 they will use Simplified.

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