How important is it to learn Chinese characters?

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How important is it to learn Chinese characters?

Postby cultureyard » Sat Aug 18, 2012 7:56 am

I am learning beginner Chinese right now (conversational and a few characters) and I really enjoy learning characters but I also feel like once I've learned a lot I wont enjoy it so much. Which leaves me wondering how useful they are to learn on top of conversational skills.

What do you all think how useful is it to learn characters? What have other people done?
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Re: How important is it to learn Chinese characters?

Postby Lola » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:01 pm

I've been learning chinese for two years at uni and after that I can't tell that i'm able to make a sentence out of it.
It might would have been different if I could have been to China... But I tried to learn all caracters but they look so similar to each other, that I couldn't make it... I would rather study italian that I can get something out of it within a couple of year !
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Re: How important is it to learn Chinese characters?

Postby 小王太太 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:34 pm

会说汉语我很高兴. 我想去中国,因为中国是大和我喜欢中国人 !
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Re: How important is it to learn Chinese characters?

Postby willamrong » Fri Oct 16, 2015 9:58 am

Many people were overwhelmed by the Chinese characters at the beginning. So they decided just to learn Pinyin instead.

Pinyin is easier, and you’ll free up time to practice conversation. However, the more they learn, the harder they find to differentiate words of the similar pronunciation.

There are only about 1,700 syllables in Chinese and every character is single-syllable. But there are more than 80,000 Chinese characters. Which means the same pinyin leads to many different characters.

Actually,learn Chinese characters are not that hard as you thought. Like what we have said in previous posts, we can use interesting stories and associations to learn Chinese characters.

I strongly recommend that as a serious Chinese learner, you’d better spend some time learning Chinese characters, at least some common and frequently used ones in your Chinese study program.
Learn more Chinese characters: http://www.hanbridgemandarin.com/course/chinese-language-course/chinese-characters
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