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Is Simplified Chinese the same as traditional Chinese?

Is Simplified Chinese the same as traditional Chinese?

We know now that Simplified Chinese is a version of Traditional Chinese with simpler characters. It differs in two ways from the traditional system: Fewer strokes are needed to write a character. Fewer characters in common use (this means that two different characters are now written with the same character).

Can you learn both simplified and traditional Chinese?

Yes you can, but I don’t see the point of learning both systems at the same time. Rather, learning one after the other can avoid the confusion of mapping back and forth, thereby quickening the mastery of the writing system that you choose to learn first.

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Do most Chinese speak traditional or simplified?

While Simplified Chinese took over mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong stayed with Traditional Chinese, which people have been using for thousands of years….

Target Market Written Spoken
China Simplified Mandarin
Hong Kong Traditional Cantonese
Taiwan Traditional Mandarin
Singapore Simplified Mandarin

Should I learn traditional or simplified Mandarin?

Should I study Simplified or Traditional Chinese? There is no right or wrong here but keeping it very general for you: If you want to study in mainland China, or even Singapore, study simplified Chinese. If you want to study in Hong Kong or Taiwan study traditional Chinese.

Which country uses simplified Chinese?

Simplified Chinese is typically used when translating for mainland China, Singapore, Malaysia, and international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank. However, when translating for audiences in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and international immigrant communities, Traditional Chinese is the norm.

Is Kanji based on traditional or simplified?

Kanji is derived from traditional Chinese characters, but has its own set of simplifications. They are not as extreme as simplified Chinese characters, and in fact looks very similar to traditional Chinese characters for the most part.

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What is the difference between traditional and simplified Chinese characters?

While Traditional uses a single character to express a word or part of a word, Simplified may represent multiple words or concepts using the same character. For example, the character 发 in Simplified Chinese equates to either 髮 (hair) or 發 (become/develop) in Traditional Chinese.

How many written languages are there in China?

There are three distinct Chinese written languages: 1 Traditional Chinese for Taiwan 2 Traditional Chinese for Hong Kong SAR 3 Simplified Chinese for mainland China More

What is the simplified Chinese Alphabet?

Simplified Chinese is the simplification of the Traditional Chinese by cutting down the number of brush strokes and merging characters together, making it much easier to read and write. Take the Traditional Chinese character 興 meaning ‘prosperous’ as an example. In Simplified Chinese, 10 strokes were reduced, turning it to 兴.

Where is simplified Chinese used in Asia?

Today, simplified Chinese is officially used in mainland China and Singapore, and is often also used by the Chinese community in Malaysia. Traditional Chinese is used in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.