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.
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